Looking back through my files, I see I have now reviewed four consecutive vintages of this standout single-vineyard wine from the Mornington Peninsula. It's a cliché to say the wines are Burgundian, but it's a cliché I can live with. The Wallis vineyard traditionally produces the most restrained, elegant chardonnay in the Ten Minutes by Tractor portfolio, offering panoply of flavours, but all with subtlety and charm. Note the beguiling aromas, the white stone-fruit, herb and mineral notes on the palate, all beautifully knit together. Lithe and lovely.
Winsor Dobbin, www.thegrapehunter.com.au, January 2012
With a more composed and restrained nose than the McCutcheon chardonnay from the same stable, this has plenty of lemon curd and spiced-peach brulée custard, gentle nutty oak and attractive freshness with good concentration. The palate has a savoury thread of biscuits, grilled nuts and peach fruit, and leaves a concentrated, composed impression. Great wine.
95, Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2012, October 2011
Bright quartz-green; the most lively and brightest expression of the three '09 Chardonnays, introducing more citrus and grapefruit nuances without obliterating the stone fruit; has a finish that lasts for 30 seconds or more. Drink to 2018.
96, James Halliday, 2012 Australian Wine Companion, August 2012