2012 Estate Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Mornington Peninsula
Harvest Date
20 March - 4 april 2012
Sugar At Harvest
22.7-23.0° (12.6-12.8° Baumé)
TA (finished)
6.7 g/l
pH (finished)
10 months in 24% new French oak barriques
Wild yeast
Bottling Date
20 February 2013
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.84 g/l)
Best drinking
Alcohol %

2012 Estate Chardonnay

"A very good rendition of the variety...High-grade comfort Chardonnay."   92, Jeremy Pringle

"A wine of real class."   93, Huon Hooke

"An impressively complex and handsomely fruited chardonnay."   94, James Halliday

Our Main Ridge expression of Chardonnay, hand picked from the Judd, McCutcheon and Wallis Vineyards.

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Back vintages of this wine - 2011, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003 [Reserve], 2002 [Reserve]


Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Ten Minutes by Tractor’s Estate Chardonnay typically provides a good dose of the single vineyard wines and this 2012 is no exception. What stands out this year, though, is the wine’s delicacy, which is all its own. Some youthful esters quickly blow off to reveal fruit flavours in the honeydew melon and white stonefruit spectrum. Light caramel and subtle spice creep in thanks to some sensitive winemaking, each input attuned to the fruit’s fragrant softness and pastel shades. Citrus and florals emerge with air, and the whole whispers seductively, never once raising above sotto voce but continuing, nevertheless, to communicate with each smell. In the mouth, a nice textural progression from firm acid to a slippery, rather luxurious back palate. Marvellously fresh, this continues to showcase great complexity without undue heaviness. Oak remains beautifully balanced throughout and it’s easy to appreciate a wine that can say so much while remaining so mobile down its line. A soft, pretty finish encourages further tasting. Julian Coldrey [January 2014, commissioned by TMBT]
Production Notes
Hand picked 20 March - 4 april 2012. Clone P58 from the Judd (47%), McCutcheon (37%) and Wallis (16%) vineyards.
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were hand-harvested through late March to early April, whole bunch pressed and the unsettled juice was transferred to 24% new French oak barriques. Fermentation by indigenous yeasts preceded a partial (72%) malolactic fermentation in spring and regular stirring of lees was carried out over a 10 month barrel maturation. Bottled after light fining and filtration.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this with the freshest of summer lunches - a Vietnamese-style chicken salad would be ideal. Serve at 10–13°C.
451 dozen
Vintage Notes

A much more favourable season than 2011 though not without several interesting periods. Spring conditions were great for budburst and early season growth. With small bunches from the previous season’s cool and wet summer and a moderate to cool spell during flowering we saw moderate to low yields with highly concentrated flavours. An average budburst-harvest interval but our longest ever veraison-harvest interval (70 days v 57 day average) resulting in intensified flavour and colour development. A record difference between harvest in the lower north and the higher south (31 days v 17 day average).

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