2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'Wallis Pinot Noir'

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2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'Wallis Pinot Noir'
2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'Wallis Pinot Noir'
2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'Wallis Pinot Noir'
2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'Wallis Pinot Noir'
2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'Wallis Pinot Noir'
2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'Wallis Pinot Noir'
2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'Wallis Pinot Noir'
2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'Wallis Pinot Noir'
“Mornington Peninsula is probably doing more for Pinot Noir than anywhere else. In a good vintage, this region is capable of making some of the most aromatic and silky Pinot Noirs in Australia.”
 
— ANDREW CAILLARD MW 

If you want to pick out a wine amongst the single vineyard Pinot Noir releases to look the most 'classic' it is the firm yet restrained Wallis.

Tasting Notes

A beautiful bouquet of sage and boysenberry capture the fruit expression from this Flinders site. The chalkiness and mineral edge balance the fruit depth and harmonise the velvety tea- like tannins that cover the palate and delight as this wine opens up and evolves.

Vintage

The 2018 vintage was a big contrast to the 2017 vintage; in fact, it was very similar to 2016.  The 2018 vintage began with heavier than normal winter rains and cooler temperatures which delayed budburst but warmer spring weather resulted in perfect conditions for flowering leading to very good fruit set and promising high yields. Grapes matured with optimum sugar, flavour and tannin development resulting in high quality parcels from all sites. It was our third earliest harvest, leading to our shortest ever hang time.

History

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.

    Specifications

    Year 2018
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar 100% Pinot Noir
    Country Australia
    Alcohol content
    13.5% alc vol 
    Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.1 units
    Type Red Wine
    Allergen Information Contains sulphites
    Cellaring Potential 2020 - 2028+
    Food Matching Roasted pork loin, tarragon emulsion, confit parsnips and currants.
    Features Vegan and Vegetarian
    Origin Mornington Peninsula
    Appellation Victoria