2011 McCutcheon Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Mornington Peninsula
Harvest Date
19 April 2011
Sugar At Harvest
22.0° (12.2° Baumé)
TA (finished)
7.8 g/l
pH (finished)
9 months in 25% new French oak barriques
Wild yeast
Bottling Date
26 February 2012
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.49 g/l)
Alcohol %

2011 McCutcheon Chardonnay

From our McCutcheon Vineyard. Typically has Main Ridge spicy savouriness overlaid with grapefruit, basil and caramel; an elegant power which is, relatively speaking, full and luxurious.

"Has another layer of intensity and complexity, white peach and nectarine edging their way towards centre stage, but still with grapefruit zest making a significant contribution."   
95, James Halliday


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Previous vintages of this wine - 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004


Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Perhaps the most thrilling aspect of a Burgundian view of site, as practiced at Ten Minutes by Tractor, is the transparency it affords into growing conditions. 2011 was a cool, wet year that allowed grapes to ripen slowly. This wine was made from a single Chardonnay clone (P58) grown on a single site, the McCutcheon Vineyard. The coolness of the year is immediately evident on smelling this wine. The McCutcheon vineyard typically produces a fuller, more masculine expression of Chardonnay, and this is an excitingly nervy version. The aroma is savoury and high toned, focusing on mineral aromas first of all, beautiful in their crystalline delicacy. Tight grapefruit and white nectarine lurk underneath, adding flesh to a lithe aroma profile and paving the way for the palate. The palate is immensely powerful, but its drive is well harnessed within a fine, racy structure of acid and phenolics. This is muscularity in slow motion, an elegantly protracted bicep curl, almost a bit of a tease. Grapefruit bursts onto the tongue with verve and freshness, followed quickly by honeydew melon, subtle spice and nutty oak flavours. The cool season has given remarkable intensity and focus to the fruit, and it is easy to overlook this wine’s detail and complexity in favour of its drive. But there are such fine flavours here, and further time in bottle will enable their fullest expression. Julian Coldrey [January 2013, commissioned by TMBT]
Production Notes
Hand picked 19 April 2011. P58 clone from the McCutcheon [Ridge Block South] vineyard. Yield 3.8 tonnes/ha (1.5 t/acre, ~22.8hl/ha).
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were hand-harvested through the third week of April, whole bunch pressed and the unsettled juice was transferred to 25% new French oak barriques. Fermentation by indigenous yeasts preceded a partial (42%) malolactic fermentation in spring and regular stirring of lees was carried out over a 9 month barrel maturation. Bottled unfined after filtration.
Food Pairing Notes
Drink with something equally flavoursome and vital, like a beautiful herb, lemon and garlic risotto. Serve at 10–13°C.
92 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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