2014 Estate Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Mornington Peninsula
Harvest Date
13-26 March 2014
Sugar At Harvest
22.1-23.1° (12.3-12.8° Baumé)
TA (finished)
7.0 g/l
pH (finished)
10 months in 21% new French oak barriques
Wild yeast
Bottling Date
13 February 2015
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.59 g/l)
Best drinking
Alcohol %

2014 Estate Chardonnay

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Our Estate wines are those which express regional origin with barrel selections from individual vineyards merging their specific attributes into a coalescence which harmoniously blends into a whole. These wines represent what we believe to be the best expression of a Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir or Chardonnay each vintage. The aim is not to seek the individuality of the single vineyards, rather we liken our Estate Wines to a “field blend”, albeit one created at the tasting bench in the barrel room but nonetheless a blend of clones from a wide variety of individual vineyard blocks. 

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Back vintages of this wine - 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003 [Reserve], 2002 [Reserve]

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
While the single vineyard wines convey revealingly different views of site within region, the Estate Chardonnay does its own particular thing. By blending across sites, it captures the essence of Ten Minutes by Tractor style: complexity and clear delineation in equal measure. It’s a different trick, but no less worthy and, in many ways, the obvious choice when looking for a “typical” Chardonnay from this maker. Aromatically, this begins with a tightly held set of notes that sit in a pithy lemon and herb spectrum. With swirling, this fans out to take in broader, more cushioned hints of vanilla and spice, but the aroma profile never sheds its delightfully nervy tension, so the whole bounces between tautness and richness. Don’t rush this wine, as extended nosing rewards with a constantly changing balance and set of components. It’s one to savour. In the mouth, this shows a subtlety and elegance that, as with the nose, shouldn’t be rushed. Flavours remain per the aroma profile: citrus and herbs with a subtle undertone of spice and oatmeal. While some Chardonnay styles can shout, this is a wine that demands quiet conversation so one can appreciate its subtle inflections and gentle undulations. Texture, too, has its flow, from a fullness on the mid-palate to a delightful mealy cushion through the after palate and finish. Julian Coldrey [March 2016, commissioned by TMBT]
Production Notes
Hand picked 13-26 March 2014. Clone P58 (100) from our Wallis (45%), McCutcheon (35%) and Judd (20%) vineyards. Yield 2.0 tonnes/ha (0.8 t/acre, ~12.0hl/ha).
Winemaker Notes
Grapes hand-harvested through mid to late March, whole bunch pressed and the unsettled juice was transferred to 21% new French oak barriques. Fermentation by indigenous yeasts preceded a complete malolactic fermentation in spring and regular stirring of lees was carried out over a 10 month barrel maturation. Bottled unfined after filtration.
Food Pairing Notes
In choosing a food match, take care not to overpower this wine. Grilled halloumi would beperfect. Serve at 10–13°C.
343 dozen
Vintage Notes

The 2014 vintage was one of the lowest yielding on record. This was the result of the cold and wet conditions in mid November 2013 that seriously impacted fruit set during flowering. The cool, wet spring was followed by a warm and dry summer which, together with the low yields (overall we averaged 2.1 t/ha or less than 1 t/acre), resulted in great concentration and flavour.

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