There are layers upon layers of complexity here. Lifted aromatics of tart cherry, fresh tobacco leaves and candied ginger, the palate is supported by a fine acidity, gentle tannins & alluring savoury characteristics.
Sourced from several vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula, all under complete control of Ten Minutes by Tractor, and therefore a regional expression of each variety. These include the Ten Minutes By Tractor Estate vineyards - Judd, McCutcheon, Wallis, Coolart Road and Winebar.
Char and earth combine with black cherry and pepper spice revealing the outset layers to this subtle yet alluring cool climate Pinot Noir.
"This scratches the itch, that’s for certain. It has very good intensity of flavour, just enough polish to make it feel a bit special, decent complexity and sound structure. It’s dark cherried with floral inflections, though peppercorn and cedarwood oak work well as finishing touches. It has a certain sinewy, twiggy aspect too, though the intensity and polish of the fruit is the main take-home." Rated : 92 Points. Price : $38. Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.
Where this wine comes from - Mornington Peninsula
Another gem that’s part of Melbourne’s ‘Dress Circle’, the maritime climate of Mornington makes it Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Paradise. Sea breezes ensure the vineyards remain cool, ideal for producing styles with elegance and finesse. Red Hill, Merricks and Balnarring is where the main action is, enjoying the see breezes coming off Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. There’s also a vast array of alternative varieties that enjoy the peninsula’s maritime climate. Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris certainly has made its presence felt, producing both clean crisp, easy drinking Grigio styles, as well as richer, riper Gris styles. The whites are made for seafood, while Mornington Pinot Noir is a must with traditional duck dishes – either Chinese style or French.