Ten Minutes by Tractor is the convergence of wine journeys that began almost 40 years ago, a group of individuals and vineyards that fortuitously came together over time to create the winery that exists today. Their winery started in 1997 with three family owned vineyards in Main Ridge, all ten minutes by tractor apart. Since then they have added new vineyards, but all have their own unique character with different aspects, slopes, soils, altitude and winds which flow through the valleys up from Bass Strait. Cool places. Beautiful places. Places that are defined by the wines they make and which can seem like worlds apart.
Now a blend of four vineyards, the Estate Chardonnay takes a different tack this year, the vintage warmth delivering a wine that has more width and volume.
Grapes hand-harvested through march, whole bunch pressed and the unsettled juice was transferred to 19% new French oak barriques. Fermentation by indigenous yeasts preceded a partial (83%) malolactic fermentation in spring and regular stirring of lees was carried out over a 11 month barrel maturation. Bottled unfined after filtration.
There’s an extra edge of white chocolate on the nose this year too, though backed with a more traditional white peach and nectarine that is the Ten Minutes by Tractor trademark. Underneath, it’s a broadly proportioned wine with a notable depth of flavour this year – a more full-throttle Estate Chardonnay – though with plenty of acidity to carry off the style.
Try with creamed salmon roe that has richness to match the wine, also good to go with smoky fried bean curd, field mushrooms and creamy rice