Ten Minutes by Tractor needs little introduction. Owners Martin and Karen Spedding purchased the estate in back in 2003. The ‘home’ vineyards (McCutcheon, Wallis and Judd) are the three original vineyards which formed the Ten Minutes By Tractor estate - all 10 minutes by Tractor apart. 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.
The Estate wines are a barrel selection from individual vineyards which are blended to create the best expression of Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir
Grapes for this Pinot Noir are hand-harvested from late February to mid March. a small portion of whole bunch is held cold for a few days to delay start of indigenous yeast ferment which then typically runs for 14-21 days. Following pressing, the wine was transferred to 11% new 228 litre French oak barrels for 10 months. This was then bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Made in a classic Burgundian style – bright fruit flavours with savoury undertones. Cherry fruit with a ripple of vanilla and tomato leaf, there is a touch of spice to balance the sweetness. Expect fine tannins and a long, lingering finish to complete this classy Pinot.