Category Archives: Mornington Peninsula

2012 Ten Minutes by Tractor Wallis Vineyard Chardonnay

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 … Continue reading

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2012 Montalto Estate Chardonnay

Also a single vineyard wine although only labelled as ‘Estate’. Red Hill subregion. More diffuse than the single vineyard labelled wines. An amalgam of melon, white peach and citrus. Each fruit flavour bleeds into the other in an indistinct manner. … Continue reading

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2012 Montalto Hawkins Hill Vineyard Chardonnay

Sweeter, brasher and punchier than The Eleven Vineyard Chardonnay. Lees is still a player but it’s dialled back giving the wine great clarity and more of a sense of definition. White peach and melon, nectarine, honeysuckle and citrus. Has a … Continue reading

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2012 Montalto The Eleven Vineyard Chardonnay

The 2012 Montalto Pinot Noirs imparted the firm impression that the winery and maker Simon Black were on the right path and these 2012 single vineyard Chardonnays back that up. Serve this in a Burgundy bowl to get the most … Continue reading

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2012 Red Claw Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir

Tom Carson appears to seek substance with his Pinot Noirs and this is certainly a bold wine. The word ethereal isn’t going to be applied to it. Ripe, dense, dark berry/cherry fruits with black spice and a little glossy oak. … Continue reading

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2011 Ten Minutes by Tractor McCutcheon Vineyard Chardonnay

Scores aren’t a science but there’s a degree of relief when you look at a wine eight months down the track and your impressions and rating haven’t changed that much. I don’t believe the wine has either. It’s precisely the … Continue reading

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2011 Ten Minutes by Tractor Estate Chardonnay

I had the good fortune to see the 2011 Estate Chardonnay along with the Wallis and McCutcheon Single Vineyard Chardonnays pre-release and posted notes on them at the time. I think my score was initially stingy and am happier with this tasting note. The … Continue reading

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2012 Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Chardonnay

Ten Minutes by Tractor Chardonnays have never been victims of fashion. Never scared of flavour or overt winemaker input. But they are always balanced within their chosen style. Wild yeast, partial malo, 10 months in barrel (12% new French barriques). … Continue reading

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2010 Circe Blanc de Blancs

In this age of endless spiels about hands-off winemaking and some sort of naïve return to nature (proof positive of just how unhappy most of us are with the society we’ve created – which isn’t to suggest any of our … Continue reading

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2011 Ten Minutes by Tractor McCutcheon Vineyard Pinot Noir

A tough vintage it may have been but that only makes the successful wines shine brighter. There’s a lot to like about the 2011 McCutcheon Vineyard Pinot Noir – which is happy news for all of us as no Judd Vineyard … Continue reading

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