2011 Ten Minutes By Tractor Estate Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Mornington Peninsula
Harvest Date
13-19 April 2011
Sugar At Harvest
21.6-22.4° (12.0-12.4° Baumé)
TA (finished)
6.2 g/l
pH (finished)
9 months in 27% new French oak barriques
Wild yeast
Bottling Date
26 February 2012
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.5 g/l)
Alcohol %

2011 Ten Minutes By Tractor Estate Chardonnay

Our Main Ridge expression of Chardonnay, hand picked from the McCutcheon and Wallis Vineyards in mid April 2011.

"Focused, fine and tight, the citrus and stone fruit components woven together in a skein of minerality. All Ten Minutes by Tractor Chardonnays are made the same way every year: hand-picked, whole bunchpressed, wild yeast-fermented and matured for 10 months in new and used French oak barriques."   
94, James Halliday


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Back vintages of this wine - 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003 [Reserve], 2002 [Reserve]


Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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]
Production Notes
Hand picked 13-19 April 2011. Clone P58 from Wallis (73%) and McCutcheon (27%) vineyards. Yield 3.1 tonnes/ha (1.3 t/acre, ~18.6hl/ha).
Winemaker Notes
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.
Food Pairing Notes
Drink with juicy herb encrusted chicken and rosemary-spiked potatoes. Serve at 10–13°C.
249 dozen
Vintage Notes

After a decade of warm and dry conditions the 2011 vintage broke the drought with over
600 mm of rain during the growing season versus an average of 350mm, the cool and wet
conditions resulted in our latest harvest on record (16 April v 2 April average). Yields
were reduced but those grapes that were picked were of good quality – great natural
acidity and lovely flavours in our Chardonnay with the Pinot Noir benefitting from the
long cool ripening (our longest veraison interval, 68 days v 57 day average).

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