Owner Martin Spedding's introduction to our wine list gives a hint as to what to expect and some thoughts on our philosophy on putting the lists together...
One lifetime is not enough for us to learn all we would wish to know about wine, we only have a limited number of vintages to learn from what we do in our vineyards and winery each year, so what we read, the debates we have, the questions we ask and, most importantly, the wines we drink, are integral to our learning.
Our aspiration at Ten Minutes By Tractor is continual improvement, a dedication to learn and improve on everything we do. Hopefully our reward over time is to produce wines which reveal more and more of the unique quality and character of our vineyards, wines which are harmonious, that sing with food and which keep luring us back to the glass.
The wines offered here are wines that hopefully can teach us something about a variety, a region, a vineyard and the winemaking and the people who have contributed to producing them. The vineyards, the passion and the seasons all come together to offer us something very special to enjoy and to match with the different foods, tastes and flavours.
The varieties featured here are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the two flagship varieties of Ten Minutes By Tractor and our region, together with those other varieties that flourish in the cool climates and the ideal slow ripening conditions such as those found on the Mornington Peninsula. This provides you with an opportunity to continue the journey that you may have started in our cellar door, in learning, exploring and celebrating these magnificent varieties and their many different styles and expressions from around the world.
There are almost endless opportunities to explore and compare producers, regions and vintages. However, rather than offering a broad number of producers with limited representation of their wines from each region we have tried to focus on a smaller number of leading producers and provide as many options as possible across vintages, vineyards and varieties from each of them.
This list is large but certainly not exhaustive; it is a work in progress and will evolve over time. In many instances we have acquired wines that fit a theme, fill one of the many gaps or are simply a curiosity, even though they may be single bottles. Therefore some wines on the list are a one off opportunity to enjoy and will ultimately have to be replaced by something new.