2012 McCutcheon Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Mornington Peninsula
Harvest Date
4-5 April 2012
Sugar At Harvest
22.6-23.0° (12.6-12.8° Baumé)
TA (finished)
6.0 g/l
pH (finished)
10 months in 28% new French oak barriques
Wild yeast
Bottling Date
20 February 2013
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.59 g/l)
Best drinking
Alcohol %

2012 McCutcheon Chardonnay

"Rounded...polished...long and balanced."   95, James Halliday

"More forward and extroverted than the Wallis...A powerful Chardonnay."   92+, Jeremy Pringle

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.

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Previous vintages of this wine - 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004


Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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]
Production Notes
Hand picked 4-5 April 2012. Clone P58 from the Ridge (71%) and Lake (29%) Blocks. Yield 4.6 tonnes/ha (1.9 t/acre, ~27.6 hl/ha).
Winemaker Notes
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.
Food Pairing Notes
Drink this with slow cooked pork belly and roasted fennel Serve at 10–13°C.
162 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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