2010 Wallis Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Mornington Peninsula
Vineyard Designation
Harvest Date
22 March 2010
Sugar At Harvest
23.2° Brix (12.9° Baumé)
TA (finished)
7.7 g/l
pH (finished)
10 months in 30% new French oak barriques
100% wild yeast
Bottling Date
21 February 2011
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.56 g/l)
Best drinking
Partial (44%)
Alcohol %

2010 Wallis Chardonnay

Lithe and slender; minerally, precise, linear, detailed and lean. A characteristic spicy savouriness superimposed with peach and pineapple.

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"Slightly deeper colour than the Estate Chardonnay; an unashamedly complex chardonnay, with citrus, stone fruit, fig and cashew notes all tightly woven together; it is almost on the aftertaste that the benison of natural acidity makes its presence felt. Drink by: 2017. 95 points."  James Halliday

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


Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The Wallis vineyard is typically the finest, most high toned expression of Chardonnay in the range. In 2010, an exceptional vintage by any measure, this wine takes its durable qualities to the extreme. Compared to the already excellent Estate wine, smelling this is like seeing clearly for the first time. Details that were somewhat veiled become crystal clear, silver etched on a white background, causing one to lean in and look more closely. Having said that, all the things that make the Estate delicious are here, and this is clearly a wine that's part of the Ten Minutes by Tractor family. The aroma has citrus and stone fruit notes alongside ultracomplex oak and winemaking influences. It's high toned and quite piercing, an atmosphere of cymbals and muted trumpet, intense and harmonious. This takes everything up several notches: definition, finesse, complexity. There is a wintery white character to the aroma that is ultra-fine, piercing without being an affront in terms of intensity. The more you look, the more there is to see in this wine's aroma. The palate is correspondingly well defined. Finesse and detail are the words that best describe the flavours, although there's tremendous impact and intensity to their expression. Indeed, this is the high powered intellectual of the family, painting with detail and energy, impatient for the drinker to see more deeply. Citrus and stonefruit cut a path down the palate, around which swirl a range of spiced, nutty, vanilla and caramel notes. It's both delicate and powerful, ephemeral and persistent, thirst quenching and intellectual. Quite a performance, then, the sort that suits an intimate gathering of like-minded enthusiasts more than a crowd looking to be seduced. This is a wine that demands your attention, not the other way around. Best drinking 2013-2023.
Production Notes
Hand picked 22 March 2010. Clone P58 from the Tree Block on Wallis vineyard. Yield 4.1 tonnes/ha (1.7 t/acre, ~24.6hl/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 partial malolactic fermentation in spring and regular stirring of lees was carried out over a 10 month barrel maturation. Bottled after light fining and filtration.
Food Pairing Notes
Perfect with poached chicken breast and lemon-basil sauce on roasted potatoes. Serve at 10–13°C (50–55°F).
134 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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