Full, bright yellow colour. Lovely buttered toast and roasted hazelnut bouquet. The palate is smooth and rich, with fresh energising acidity and youthful delicacy as well as penetrating intensity. A fine wine, although the acid is a trifle assertive.
93, Huon Hooke, www.huonhooke.com, January 2014
Ten Minutes by Tractor Chardonnays have never been victims of fashion. Never scared of flavour or overt winemaker input. But they are always balanced within their chosen style. Wild yeast, partial malo, 10 months in barrel (12% new French barriques). Broad shouldered in a way but still toned. Rich with honeycomb, white peach, toasty oak and hazelnuts. Hints of caramel, pineapple and cookie dough. The buttery texture and generosity is offset by mineral and citrus tinged acidity. A good introduction to house-style.
90, Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself, November 2013
Another spot-on release from the Ten Minutes by Tractor team. This hits the spot nicely. It’s a sophisticated drop but it also boasts a simple, easy-going appeal. Smoky oak, fennel, nectarine and citrus, with a minor note of generic mineral as you swallow. It’s well honed; it builds flavour but then arrows through to a lengthy finish. Drink 2014-2018.
93, Campbell Mattinson, Winefront, November 2013