One of the pleasures of the Ten Minutes by Tractor portfolio is that it gives one the
opportunity to taste wines side by side that have been designed, from the ground up, to
showcase site. Differences in winemaking regime are minimised and style is contained to
allow each vineyard site to mark wines clearly, unequivocally. So when you taste this wine
alongside the Wallis Chardonnay, as you are strongly encouraged to do, the fact that flavours differ so markedly, that mouthfeel and character are so distinct, comes down entirely to site. The French talk of a goût de terroir, and this is it. This is immediately headier and more tropical than the Wallis, with a hint of pineapple overlaying bright, heady stonefruit and citrus aromas. While this is just as complex as its sibling, its power and opulence are perhaps even more up-front and easily appreciated, particularly if one’s tastes tend towards fuller Chardonnay styles. Befitting such aromatic richness, in the mouth this is strikingly muscular, intense fruit flavours contained within an acid structure that streamlines line and contributes a real sense of freshness. It’s almost as if there’s a spring in its step, such is the decisiveness with which it launches flavours onto the tongue - rather than the delicate twirl of the Wallis, this lands firmly on both feet. A powdery texture to the after palate gives light and shade to mouthfeel and the wine closes with good, spiced length. Julian Coldrey [January 2014, commissioned by TMBT]
The grapes were hand-harvested on 4 and 5 April, whole bunch pressed and the unsettled juice was transferred to 28% new French oak barriques. Fermentation by indigenous yeasts preceded a complete (91%) malolactic fermentation in spring and regular stirring of lees was carried out over a 10 month barrel maturation. Bottled unfined and lightly filtered.