2010 McCutcheon Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Mornington Peninsula
Vineyard Designation
Harvest Date
25 March 2010
Sugar At Harvest
22.5° Brix (12.5° Baumé)
TA (finished)
5.8 g/l
pH (finished)
10 months in 30% new French oak barriques
100% wild yeast
Bottling Date
21 February 2011
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.58 g/l)
Best drinking
Complete (93%)
Alcohol %

2010 McCutcheon Chardonnay

Main Ridge spicy savouriness overlaid with grapefruit, basil and caramel; an elegant power which is, relatively speaking, full and luxurious.

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"Like its siblings, hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed and wild-fermented in a mix of new and used French barriques, and matured therein for 10 months. Bright green-gold; an immaculately balanced and textured palate, with white peach, nectarine and creamy cashew notes running through to a long and distinguished finish and aftertaste. Drink by: 2019. 95 points."  James Halliday

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Previous vintages of this wine - 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004


Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Those looking for a more luscious expression of Chardonnay will find it here. The McCutcheon always shows a richer variation on Ten Minutes by Tractor Chardonnay, with greater weight and body to its flavours. 2010 is no exception. Give the nose a few moments to open up and a range of rich fruit flavours emerge. Mandarin peel, green apple, white peaches, herbs. This is immediately complex and forward in a way the Wallis isn't, swapping out a sense of etched detail for generosity and curvaceousness. The oak's expression is more tilted towards vanilla rather than spice here, which matches the fruit's aroma profile well. The palate is massively impactful, with a sense of tangible power on entry. There are gobs of intense, fresh fruit that immediately hit the tongue. Unlike the Wallis, this positively reaches out for the drinker and dances a seductive, earthy dance in full view. That sense of fruit freshness is one of the best features of this wine, adding vitality to a rich flavour profile that might otherwise seem overly worked. As it is, an excellent interplay of lively fruit, rich oak and caramel, adult herbs and textural grip. The palate gets softer as it progresses, more pastel in tone, throwing increasingly pretty flavours across the tongue, winding around each other, twisting and turning through the after palate. Texture is the highlight of the after palate and finish, scraping across the tongue with delicious grip and aromatic, herbal flavours. A really impressive wine, full of complex flavours and styled with an adult sense of gratification. Best drinking now-2020.
Production Notes
Hand picked on 25 March 2010. Clone P58 from the Long Block on the McCutcheon Vineyard. Yield 4.5 tonnes/ha (1.8 t/acre, ~27.0hl/ha).
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were hand-harvested throughout the final week in March, whole bunch pressed and the unsettled juice was transferred to 30% new French oak barriques. Fermentation by indigenous yeasts preceded a complete malolactic fermentation in spring and regular stirring of lees was carried out over a 10 month barrel maturation. Bottled unfined after light filtration.
Food Pairing Notes
Roast chicken stuffed with lemon, garlic and herbs. Serve at 50–55°C (10–13°F).
129 dozen.
Vintage Notes

2010 was a kind vintage beginning with good winter and spring rainfall, warm
temperatures through August and September saw good budburst. Although October was
marginally cooler than usual, November and December warmed up providing perfect
conditions for the “Grand Growth” phase (a rapid growth phase which begins when the
plant switches from vegetative to reproductive mode) and also for flowering and fruit set.
February and March were warmer than average and the ripening period rolled along
without any great concern, resulting in an early vintage with very high quality fruit.

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