A joyously plump and ripe Pinot of red raspberry easygoing flavour, yet with tannins and grip. Great balance between the need for appealing fruit flavor and structure.
The Coolart Road vineyard is the earliest picked of the Ten Minutes by Tractor vineyards and typically produces a more fleshy wine. Yet in 2016 it is a different beast, with darker, savoury, meaty plum fruit and an earthen edge. The grapes for this wine were picked over several days at a range of different ripeness levels, a move that ultimately delivers surprising complexity. A brooding Pinot Noir, from a vineyard otherwise known for easy-going flavours.
Grapes hand-harvested in mid-February and, on arrival at the winery, 100% destemmed. A 3-7 day pre-ferment maceration preceded a 100% indigenous yeast fermentation with manual plunging throughout, followed by a short post-ferment maceration (a total of 15-25 days on skins).
Following pressing and a short settling period the wine was transferred to 20% new French oak barriques. After a natural 100% malolactic fermentation with warmer temperatures in spring, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered following a total of 12 months of oak maturation.
It was during 1997 that the three family-owned vineyards that were apart from each other, ten minutes by tractor, got together to form the Ten Minutes by Tractor brand. What started with 3 vineyards has now grown to more than 200 vineyards in the region of Mornington Peninsula. The excellent climate and soil of this area have given it the distinction of creating the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape varietals in Australia.
More than 50% of the vineyards in this region are covered by Pinot Noir cultivation while Chardonnay ranks a close second. A very small area of these vineyards is dedicated to the cultivation of Shiraz Grapes. Recently, Pinot Gris cultivation was also started in the Mornington Peninsula, much to the happiness of many a wine lover here.
The wines created here belong to various categories – 10x, sparkling, estate and single vineyard. The 10x category of wines is created from grapes across many vineyards in the Mornington Peninsula and is known for its exquisite regional flavours. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rose’ and Pinot Noir are some of the famous wines that belong to this category.
The estate wines and sparkling wines are those that are the specially crafted barrel-selected wines from individual vineyards. These are then mixed well to produce some of Australia’s finest quality of wines. Estate Chardonnay, Estate Pinot Noir and Sparkling Blanc de Blancs are the popular wines in this category.
Single vineyard wines are those that are created using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grown in the individual vineyards of McCutcheon, Coolart Road, Judd and Wallis. Grapes grown only in the high-performance blocks of these vineyards are selected for making these wines. McCutcheon Chardonnay, McCutcheon Pinot Noir, Judd Pinot Noir and Wallis Chardonnay are some popular wines that belong to this category.
It's the beefiest of the 10X individual releases but it still presents in silken style. A cake-and-eat-it wine. Black cherries, rhubarb, fresh acidity, smoky oak and assorted dry spices. It has both might and complexity on its side. Spot on.
|Cultivar||100% Pinot Noir|
13.5% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||10.1 units|
|Allergen Information||Contains sulphites|
|Features||Vegan and Vegetarian|
|Food Matches||The almost smoky edge would make this perfect with a smoky bresaola charcuterie platter. Serve at 14–17°C.|