I’d treat this chardonnay from the Ten Minutes by Tractor stable as an “early drinker” - but it’s a nice one at that. It’s a chardonnay with a lot of colour - straw and yellow - and the flavour to match, all peach and nectarine and walnutty oak. For all its flavour though it still comes across as refreshing, its zippy acidity combining well with the creamy, lanolin-like notes of the finish. Not an especially exciting wine but a decent one. Drink 2012-2014
90, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, February 2012
Complex, well-worked bouquet of milk-bottletop, creamy lees and smoky sulphides, showing a lot of non-fruit characters for an entry-level wine. Medium bodied, intense and driving, with savoury flavours and a hint of bitter phenolics.
90, Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine, February/March 2012
A bright, fruit-forward style of chardonnay that sits in the melon and peach spectrum, with gentle savoury complexity. The palate’s nicely layered, with lemon and green-peach flavours; there’s plenty of toasted hazelnut oak flavour building through the finish.
92, Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2012, October 2011
Wine Of The Week - Ten Minutes by Tractor's excellent Mornington Peninsula chardonnays come in three incarnations: Single Vineyard, top-level wines from the individual plots, priced about $55; Estate, blended from TMT's three Main Ridge vineyards, selling for about $42; and this outstanding 10X wine from non-estate peninsula vineyards. It may sound silly to refer to $30 chardonnay as a bargain but this is. Complex cashew, light toffee, subtle oak and nutty/leesy qualities are restrained seasonings for succulent, intense white-peach and grapefruit characters. The palate is ultra-fine in texture with elegant, sustained flavour, great balance and lip-smacking underlying acidity. Drink over three years. Food ideas - baked snapper, weisswurst with sautéed apples.
5 stars, Ralph Kyte–Powell, The Age Epicure, September 2011
Bright straw-gold; has developed considerable richness in a relatively short time, stone fruit to the fore with some nutty notes (not necessarily oak) and good balancing acidity. Drink to 2015
92, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion Website, September 2011