2012 Wallis Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Mornington Peninsula
Harvest Date
20 March 2012
Sugar At Harvest
22.7° (12.6° Baumé)
TA (finished)
6.5 g/l
pH (finished)
10 months 22% new French oak barriques
Wild yeast
Bottling Date
20 February 2013
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.96 g/l)
Best drinking
Alcohol %

2012 Wallis Chardonnay

"Standout Chardonnay...reaches towards the profound...terrific length...one of the stars of the vintage."   94, Campbell Mattinson

"Greatest drive and intensity of the CHardonnays...fresh palate...lingering finish."   96, James Halliday

"All the delicacy, detail and definition we have come to expect from the site are on display...Simply superb."   95, Jeremy Pringle

From our Wallis Vineyard. Typically lithe and slender; minerally, precise, linear, detailed and lean. A characteristic spicy savouriness superimposed with peach and pineapple.

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


Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Wallis vineyard continues to powerfully imprint this Chardonnay. Each year, despite vintage variation, it is always a wine of finesse and delicacy, a wonderful foil to McCutcheon’s muscularity and impact. Ten Minutes by Tractor’s rigorously designed winemaking draws out the differences between these sites with admirable clarity, always careful to allow fruit character to shine while providing sensitive oak and other winemaking inputs. The nose is immediately complex, with delicious aromas of apple, ripe stonefruit and spice that, together, add up to something approaching the smell of a fresh fruit pie. Yet it’s taut too, with citrus and cumquat alongside more prickly, smoky notes. This wine can sometimes be forbiddingly taut in its youth, but the 2012 vintage has given us an aroma that beckons with freshness and vibrancy. A wine of considerable impact in the mouth, this steps up all aspects of its structure and flavour intensity compared to the Estate wine (as well it should) while remaining true to vineyard type. In particular, the wine’s acid line is ultra-fine and firm, providing a shapely spine to the wine’s movement and granting each flavour, of which there are many, the cleanest of articulations. Indeed, this seems positively gymnastic in its precision and elegance in the mouth, pausing at each turn to express a cleanly struck pose. Fine oatmeal and spice flavours bring the wine to a close. Julian Coldrey [January 2014, commissioned by TMBT]
Production Notes
Hand picked 20 March 2012. Clone P58 from the Tree Block. Yield 3.4 tonnes/ha (1.4 t/acre, ~20.4hl/ha).
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were hand-harvested on 20 March, whole bunch pressed and the unsettled juice was transferred to 22% new French oak barriques. Fermentation by indigenous yeasts preceded a complete (89%) 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
A wine that cries out for classic, sauced food, for example poulet poché sauce suprême. Serve at 10–13°C.
136 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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