A complex melange of stone fruits, creamy butterscotch and leesy notes. Barrel influence is subdued, flavour is ripe and complete, smooth and lingering.
93 :: Ralph Kyte–Powell :: Age Good Food :: 19/08/2014
Wallis is the standout chardonnay from the 2012 Ten Minutes by Tractor releases. This reaches towards the profound. Lactose, grapefruit, citrus, spice – there are many good flavours going on here but it’s the overall effect that is the thing. It has X factor. It has terrific length. It’s one of the stars of the vintage. Drink 2015-2019+.
94 :: Campbell Mattinson :: Winefront :: 18/07/2014
As with McCutcheon, planted to the P58 clone (in '92) on the oldest and lowest Main Ridge estate vineyard. Counterintuitively, this has the greatest intensity and drive of the Chardonnays produced each year by Ten Minutes by Tractor, grapefruit jostling with white peach on the fresh palate and its lingering finish. Drink to 2022.
96 :: James Halliday :: 2015 Australian Wine Companion :: 1/07/2014
As always, the Wallis Vineyard exhibits the more refined character of the two Chardonnays. All the delicacy, detail and definition we have come to expect from the site are on display. The fruit intensity feels at an all-time high here and the oak seems to sit slightly lower in the mix than usual…although it is still significant. Flavours are so precise. There’s a lot going on – white stonefruit, honeysuckle, smoked almonds, pear, grapefruit etc – but each element is given space to breathe. Super-fine acidity carries the wine towards an emphatic wet pebble finish. With air, a slight waxiness develops in the mouth. Simply superb.
95 :: Jeremy Pringle :: January 2014 :: www.winewilleatitself.com