As a blend of wine made from the premium “home” vineyards, the Estate Chardonnay is able to achieve a rewarding consistency of style. The Estate wine captures the classic house style of Ten Minutes by Tractor Chardonnay.
The nose first shows gunflint and almond, allowing fresh white peach fruit to edge in after some swirling, but never losing an overlay of high toned, powdery aromatics. This presence through the upper registers creates an impression of detail, something the delicate fruit aromas do nothing to subvert. If something can smell both heady and delicate, this is it.
After such a fine nose, the palate surprises with its drive and power. Full, ripe stonefruit charges down the line, amply supported by the savoury minerality that so distinguishes the Ten Minutes by Tractor Chardonnay family. Acid is fresh and supportive, allowing full fruit notes to move briskly along the tongue, all the while showing flashes of steel, the wine's line swashbuckling in its energy and drive. The after palate is complex, showing a full range of notes from almond meal to cashew, spice to fleshy fruit. A lovely herbal twang asserts through the finish as the wine comes to a close.
A delicious interplay of generosity and adult savouriness.
Julian Coldrey [January 2013, commissioned by TMBT]
The grapes were hand-harvested through mid April, whole bunch pressed and the unsettled juice was transferred to 27% new French oak barriques. Fermentation by indigenous yeasts preceded a complete (95%) malolactic fermentation in spring and regular stirring of lees was carried out over a 9 month barrel maturation. Bottled after light fining and filtration.