Each vintage we keep back small amounts of every wine we make in ideal temperature and light conditions to…
- Monitor the evolution of our wines in the bottle to observe how they age
- Make back vintages available for sale from time to time
“From the moment a technically sound still table wine, white or red, is corked up in its bottle two things will happen: it will progressively lose primary fruit and secondary fermentation flavours and oak aromas and tastes, and (up to a certain point) its aromas and flavours will become more ‘complex’. Complexity comes through the formation of tertiary compounds brought about by the largely unseen chemical changes which take place as the wine ages.”
The Art And Science Of Wine, James Halliday & Hugh Robinson
Our winemakers and sommeliers recently undertook a comprehensive tasting of back vintages and we have decided to release small amounts of wines from the 2006 to 2012 vintages which are all drinking well and displaying these complex tertiary characters…in many cases there are literally single digit bottles available. This is an ideal opportunity to explore the Ten Minutes By Tractor wines by vertical tastings (same wine, different vintages) and horizontal tastings (different wines, same vintage).
[A summary of the reviews of all the available wines may be found grouped by individual vintages here: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; for full details of specific wines please click on the individual wines.]