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Ten Minutes By Tractor Wallis Chardonnay 2021

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    Ten Minutes by Tractor is a winery located on the Mornington Peninsula, which began in 1997 with three family-owned vineyards in Main Ridge, all ten minutes apart by tractor. Over time, new vineyards have been added, each with its own unique character defined by aspects, slopes, soils, altitude and winds flowing through the valleys from Bass Strait. The winery's aspiration is continual improvement and a dedication to learning and improving on everything they do. Their reward is producing wines that reveal more and more of the unique quality and character of their vineyards, wines that are harmonious, sing with food and keep luring back to the glass. The winery invites people to share in their journey, enjoy the wines and food they produce from the special places they live and work on the Mornington Peninsula, and visit their cellar door and restaurant. The winery's journey is defined by the wines they make, which can seem like worlds apart and their learning is integral to producing wines that reflect the unique qualities of their vineyards.

    Ten Minutes by Tractor's vineyards are located in the Mornington Peninsula, a region known for producing high-quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The area has a climate ideal for producing light to medium-bodied table wines, and the region's winemaking potential began to gain recognition in the 1880s. Ten Minutes by Tractor owns several vineyards, including the McCutcheon, Judd, Coolart Road, Wallis and Spedding vineyards. The McCutcheon vineyard has a high elevation and gentle slope, providing good vigour and canopy shoot position for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to ripen slowly and evenly. The Judd vineyard is located on the west-facing slope of a valley and the Coolart Road vineyard covers 13.68 hectares with a gentle north-east facing slope. The Wallis vineyard has a gentle north/north-east facing slope and is home to Pinot Gris. The Spedding vineyard is home to Mornington Peninsula's first high-density organic Pinot Noir vineyard. The Gabrielle vineyard was planted in 2004 and became the region's first organically certified vineyard in 2007. In November 2019, a new high-density Chardonnay vineyard was planted named after the owners' eldest daughter.

    The Ten Minutes By Tractor Wallis Chardonnay 2021 is a result of a La Niña weather pattern controlling the season, which delayed bud burst and flowering due to wet spring and start to summer. However, the below-average temperatures and rainfall over summer allowed the grapes to ripen slowly but evenly, resulting in great concentration of flavor and good natural acidity. The fruit was handpicked and hand-sorted, then chilled overnight before being whole bunch pressed to stainless steel. The juice was settled for 24 hours, then racked to barrel taking the light fluffy lees. The wine was fermented using indigenous yeasts and partial natural malolactic fermentation was allowed to occur in 73% of the wine. Some occasional bâtonnage was done to individual barrels. The wine was aged for 10 months in 1-year-old French oak. On the nose, the wine has aromas of flint and orange blossom, leading to a silky, fine palate with elements of marmalade and grapefruit. The wine has a lovely purity and balance, reflecting its class and years of toil in the vineyard. A linear line of acid underlying the fruit adds precision and a lovely persistence to the wine. This Chardonnay pairs well with flounder, capers and beurre blanc and is best drinking between 2023-2030.

    Light-medium yellow colour; rich stone-fruit, almond and even some tropical accents combine with sweet roasted hazelnuts and faintly buttery aromas, making for a complex bouquet. The wine is very intense, powerful and driving, with lively lemon-sherbety acidity powering it along. It fills the mouth and the finish has a gentle grip and a big fanfare at the end. - Drink 2023–2035, Huon Hooke, Points 96/100

    The Finer Details
    Style - White Wine
    Varietal - Chardonnay
    Country - Australia
    Region - Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
    Vintage - 2021
    Bottle Size - 750ml
    ABV - 13.5%