Not the easiest chardonnay to assess. Straw coloured. Lively-but-full flavour. Tropical fruit, pear, lime, sweet/toasty oak, woodspice. Seems fruit-forward for the most part but sings long and citrussy through the finish. Indeed there’s a steeliness there. I’d say this is best consumed young but then, it still seems to be sorting itself out. Drink 2014-2018.
92 :: Campbell Mattinson :: Winefront :: 20/07/2014
The vineyard was planted in '93 with the very good Penfolds P58 clone, and like all the Ten Minutes by Tractor wines, had an unusually long period of veraison to harvest (74 days against an average of 56 days), despite small bunches and low yields. Full straw-green; the complex bouquet, with an amalgam of stone fruit, fig and classy oak leads into the rounded, almost polished, mouthfeel of the P58 clone, the finish long and balanced. Drink to 2020.
95 :: James Halliday :: 2015 Australian Wine Companion :: 1/07/2014
More forward and extroverted than the Wallis. A compact Chardonnay, slightly rough around the edges at the moment but it becomes increasingly expansive and harmonious over time. Peach cobbler and pineapple with grapefruit and lime cut. Some savoury bready traits and curious note of basil. Has breadth of flavour. Nougat oak is prominent here and there is a good deal of woodspice. A powerful Chardonnay that needs a bit more time in the bottle right now.
92+ :: Jeremy Pringle :: January 2014 :: www.winewilleatitself.com