2011 Estate Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Mornington Peninsula
Harvest Date
Hand picked 18-19 April 2011
Sugar At Harvest
22.2-22.5° (12.3-12.5° Baumé)
TA (finished)
6.8 g/l
pH (finished)
15 months in 28% new French oak barriques
Wild yeast
Bottling Date
30 August 2012
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.33 g/l)
Alcohol %

2011 Estate Pinot Noir

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

"You can almost feel this wine purring - loose knit, gamey, animale and a lick of all spice. It's supple, succulent and long in flavour with enough interest in these fruit and winemaking details to make it a wine to linger over to watch it unfurl. Big on sex appeal."   
94, Mike Bennie


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Back vintages of this wine - 2010, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 [Reserve], 2002 [Reserve], 2001 [Reserve]


Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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]
Production Notes
Hand picked 18-19 April 2011. Clones MV6 (70%) and 777 (30%) from McCutcheon (83%) and Wallis (17%) vineyards. Yield 4.8 tonnes/ha (1.9 t/acre, ~28.8hl/ha)
Winemaker Notes
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.
Food Pairing Notes
Ideal for drinking alongside something robust such as duck confit in a brandy, cream and peppercorn sauce. Serve at 14–17°C.
317 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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