A mix of savoury, graphite-like oak aromas and mixed berry fruits on the nose of the Mornington Peninsula pinot; quite ripe, and some nutty, savoury, woody complexity here. The acid sits up brightly on entry and there's a little citrus hint to the ripe red and dark cherry fruit. Tannins are ripe and fluffy; sappy and juicy finish.
93, Nick Stock, 2013 Good Wine Guide, November 2012
Light brick-red colour with a faint purple rim. Spicy aroma, lots of whole-bunch suggested by this bouquet, fresh earth and humus notes, a trace of leather. Light to medium weight, savoury palate flavour with nice dry tannins cleaning and lengthening the finish. Some gamey notes. There's a charming touch of fruit sweetness in the middle-palate which lingers, in balance with the cleansing tannins on the finish. Lots going on here. Delicious drink. Drink 2012-2018.
91, Huon Hooke, www.huonhooke.com, August 2012
Made from the three original 'home' Judd, McCutcheon and Wallis Vineyards. The colour is relatively light, but don't be deceived. The wine has an impressive combination of intensity, complexity and drive to its essentially savoury/forest floor characters. Counter-intuitively, berry fruits manifest themselves on the finish and aftertaste. Drink by: 2016.
94, James Halliday, 2013 Australian Wine Companion, July 2012
2012 100 Best Australian Wines - 2010 10X Pinot Noir had this slot sewn up with its ebullient mulberry and plum fruit and roasted nut oak seasoning until DHL banged on my door with a bottle of the 2010 Estate wine. Sourced from Judd, McCutcheon and Wallis vineyards, in the prime Main Ridge parish of Mornington, the sheer purity, outstanding depth and seriousness of this wine knocked me sideways on the very first sip. The tannins are as fine as I have ever seen from this region and the complexity already dumbfounds the olfactory system, all meaning that TMBT is a major force to be reckoned in the world of global Pinot Noir worship.
Matthew Jukes, www.matthewjukes.com, May 2012