The Estate wine is generally sourced from the three home vineyards, from which Ten Minutes by Tractor’s single vineyard expressions are also made. While the single site wines offer the ultimate in transparency, the Estate wine unites the unique character of each site into a single bottling.
A lovely ruby red hue, not afraid to be true to Pinot’s thin skin. It’s always a pleasant surprise to smell a wine so lightly coloured and find it so expressive, as this is. Sap, bright red fruits, spice, a hint of caramel. There’s also something funky here, a hint of forest floor that adds resonance to bright fruit notes.
The palate is fresh and savoury, taking red fruit as a starting point for a deliciously sappy, spiced flavour profile. As with the nose, this quickly becomes darker and more brooding, its initial handsomeness masking more dangerous inclinations. There’s a sense of snapped twig overlaying the palate that plays into both flavours and the wine’s textural, vibrant structure. Acid is a real feature, being firm and well connected to the wine’s fruit, giving a lithe, sinewy impression. Tannins are ripe and flavoursome, hitting the tongue through the finish to lightly drying effect.
A darkly delicious Pinot.
Julian Coldrey [January 2013, commissioned by TMBT]
The fruit was hand harvested during the 3rd week of April and, on arrival at the winery, 100% destemmed. A 4-6 day pre-ferment maceration preceded a 100% wild yeast fermentation with manual plunging throughout, followed by a short post-ferment maceration (a total of 19-20 days on skins). Following pressing and a short settling period the wine was transferred to both new (28%) and old French oak barriques. Undergoing a natural 100% MLF with the onset of warmer temperatures in spring, the wine was then bottled lightly fined and unfiltered following a total of 15 months of oak maturation.