2012 Ten Minutes by Tractor Estate Pinot Noir

imageIf there was any doubt over Ten Minutes by Tractor’s place among the upper-echelon of Peninsula producers then the 2012 releases should put that to bed. I tasted this very briefly in January and it’s really settled into its skin since then.

Such an assured wine. Depth, detail and perfume. Primarily red-fruited with forest-like varietal character abounding. It’s slinky in the mouth with a massage of satisfying tannin spread through the palate. Chocolate and cedar oak doesn’t overwhelm the fruit, merely adding another layer of pleasure. Assorted spice with cinnamon and nutmeg the most notable. More immediately approachable than the single vineyard Pinots from the same vintage but there’s not a massive drop in quality by any means. 94

Region: Mornington Penunsula
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $42
Tasted: May 2012


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