Winery: Ten Minutes by Tractor
Region: Mornington Peninsula - Victoria
Winemaker: Omogen Dillon & Martin Spedding
Varietal(s): 100% Pinot Noir
As ever, painfully low yields make the Judd Pinot Noir an extremely concentrated wine. Indeed this feels like a classic Mornington Pinot, the sappy strawberry fruit lifted up by background vanillan oak sweetness. It’s a masculine Pinot this year, the open flavours through the mid palate brought back in by a finish with low acidity but with pronounced tannins and drive. A powerful Judd release, with high potential for cellaring joy.
After a very cold winter, the 2016 growing season had the highest average maximum temperature (23oC v 21.8oC avg), earliest flowering (10 days earlier than average) and harvest dates (23 days earlier than average) on record, lowest growing season rainfall (211mm v 348mm avg) and shortest hang time (budburst-harvest; 21 days shorter than average). The result was a dry and warm vintage with good yields.
Grapes hand-harvested in early March and, on arrival at the winery, 100% destemmed. A 6 day pre-ferment maceration preceded a 100% indigenous yeast fermentation with manual plunging throughout, followed by a short post-ferment maceration (a total of 24 days on skins). Following pressing and a short settling period the wine was transferred to 17% new French oak barriques. After a natural 100% MLF with warmer temperatures in spring, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered following a total of 12 months of oak maturation.