The 2012 Ten Minutes by Tractor single vineyard wines won’t be released until May but I was fortunate enough to spend a good deal of time with them this week and found them exciting (as I generally do) so I’ll ramp up the anticipation. Prices are for the 2011 releases.
As always, the Wallis Vineyard exhibits the more refined character of the two Chardonnays. All the delicacy, detail and definition we have come to expect from the site are on display. The fruit intensity feels at an all-time high here and the oak seems to sit slightly lower in the mix than usual…although it is still a significant. Flavours are so precise. There’s a lot going on – white stonefruit, honeysuckle, smoked almonds, pear, grapefruit etc – but each element is given space to breath. Super-fine acidity carries the wine towards an emphatic wet pebble finish. With air, a slight waxiness develops in the mouth. Simply superb. 95
Region: Mornington Peninsula
Tasted: January 2014