2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'McCutcheon Chardonnay'

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2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'McCutcheon Chardonnay'
2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'McCutcheon Chardonnay'
2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'McCutcheon Chardonnay'
2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'McCutcheon Chardonnay'
2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'McCutcheon Chardonnay'
2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'McCutcheon Chardonnay'
2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'McCutcheon Chardonnay'
2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'McCutcheon Chardonnay'
2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'McCutcheon Chardonnay'
2018 Ten Minutes by Tractor 'McCutcheon Chardonnay'
McCutcheon is typically the more robust of the Chardonnays, and again it’s a wine of coiled power and weight. The season has delivered a significant wine though, a hint of matchstick funk, the golden, nutty and bold flavours sitting below the surface.

Tasting Notes

Peach, lemon curd and quince are the dominant characters on the nose and palate of this enticing and layered Chardonnay. This McCutcheon comes from the Ridge block of the vineyard sitting at nearly 200m elevation. The cool breeze coming over the ridge keeps the micro-climate within the vines cool and helps maintain the beautiful crisp and natural acidity complementing the evocative flavours of this wine.



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.

Wine Making

• whole bunch pressed • unsettled juice fermented by indigenous yeasts in 40% new 228 litre French oak barrels • 8 month aging in barrel with no bâtonnage • 90% malolactic fermentation before bottling unfined and filtered


Ten Minutes by Tractor needs little introduction, nor does the man in charge – Martin Spedding. A gently-spoken man with a background in finance and IT, in 2002 he finally acknowledged the fact that his true passion lay in wine. Despite his origins in New South Wales, he simply couldn’t get enough of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and would travel down to Victoria to immerse himself in Australia’s heartland of these noble varieties. In 2003 he visited one of his favourite small wineries on Mornington Peninsula and was delighted to discover that it was for sale. Without a moment’s hesitation, he snapped it up, and so began Martin’s journey with Ten Minutes by Tractor.

And what a journey it has been! Along with a trusty team and his loving family, he has overseen the rise of the estate to the cult status it holds today. In 2016 Sandro Mosele (ex-Kooyong and Port Philip Estates) joined the team as head winemaker, only adding to their ‘force to be reckoned with’ status. The ‘home’ vineyards (McCutcheon, Wallis and Judd) are the three original vineyards that formed the Ten Minutes By Tractor estate. They are all located in Main Ridge, the coolest and highest part of the Mornington Peninsula.

Despite their close proximity and the use of similar vinification methods, the single-vineyard wines are distinctly different from one another. This is a result of their different elevations, orientations and soils. These wines can challenge Burgundy in quality and elegance and range from fine and elegant examples to richer and more opulent cuvées. They are all made with indigenous yeasts and are a true expression of each unique ‘terroir’. These much sought-after single vineyard wines are only produced in outstanding years and continue to go from strength to strength.

Production is usually less than 200 dozen; they are truly limited edition wines. Outside of the original single vineyard range, the newest Coolart Road is remarkably different from the others – coming from the lowest vineyard of them all at 72m, the Pinot Noir made here is markedly different in style from the higher elevation sites. All of the wines are made with the utmost sustainability and are bottled unfined.


Year 2018
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Chardonnay
Country Australia
Alcohol content
13% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.8 units
Type White Wine
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Aging 8 months :: 38% new 228 litre French oak barrels
Cellaring 2020-2030
Features Vegan and Vegetarian
Food Matches Panfried barramundi, sauteed greens, herbs, vegetable jus
Origin Mornington Peninsula
Appellation Victoria