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]
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).
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.