Ten Minutes by Tractor needs little introduction. Owners Martin and Karen Spedding purchased the estate 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.
10X wines are sourced from several vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula and are therefore a regional expression of each variety. All of the fruit is Estate grown and managed.
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 the start of the 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.
'This is of medium ruby colour and has a savoury & fragrant nose of red cherry and plum, hints of mint - which could come from the whole-bunch used, fragrant garden herbs, hints of black tea; full-bodied on the palate with medium, fine and silky tannins, red cherry, cranberry, also black plums. This has a wet earth minerality with a hint of Iron on the palate, and I'd recommend serving it from a big Burgundy glass. Whilst I tasted this it kept evolving in the glass - it's always a joy if any wine takes you on a journey like this one does.' Anja Breit, Philglas & Swiggot