2014 Estate Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Mornington Peninsula
Harvest Date
21 February-26 March 2014
Sugar At Harvest
22.7-23.9° (12.6-13.3° Baumé)
TA (finished)
6.6 g/l
pH (finished)
15 months in 28% new French oak barriques
Wild yeast
Bottling Date
1 September 2015
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.56 g/l)
Best drinking
Alcohol %

2014 Estate Pinot Noir

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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, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 [Reserve], 2002 [Reserve], 2001 [Reserve]

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
As a blend of wines made from estate fruit, this is the standard bearer of Ten Minutes by Tractor’s Pinot style and a go-to representation of Mornington Peninsula Pinot. If you are looking to understand the region’s wines, or just want a really good Mornington Pinot, start (and perhaps even end) here. This is a serious wine, as evidenced by an aroma profile that throws shade on the word “broody”. It’s an intense, concentrated nose with savoury red fruits, spice, snapped twig and a good dose of what Pinot-lovers refer to simply as “pinosity". That is, it smells, above all, of the variety. Lest this imply a generic dimension, be clear the nose shows great character and distinctiveness, placing its notes in quite an angular frame. There’s a warmth, too, that pervades the way this smells, and it cuts through any sense of excess intellectualism that might creep into frame. An altogether satisfying wine to smell. Palate-wise, this is again marked by seriousness and concentration, reinforced on the midpalate by a nudge of thick tannin that blankets the tongue. Flavours here are inviting, though always dark and firm as they move down the line. Dark berries, plum skins, sap and spice are the key notes. There’s an inherent muscularity to the way this presents in the mouth, a scale and seriousness that remind one a testosterone-driven kitchen that, in the end, produces the most delicately exquisite flavours. Here, too, there is nuance and detail to the core experience of the wine that make it a pleasure to drink over an extended period. Julian Coldrey [March 2016, commissioned by TMBT]
Production Notes
Hand picked 21 February-26 March 2014. Clone MV6 (48%), 777 (28%), 115 (12%) and 114 (12%) from our Wallis (36%), Coolart (28%), McCutcheon (18%) and Judd (18%) vineyards. Yield 1.9 tonnes/ha (0.8 t/acre, ~11.4hl/ha).
Winemaker Notes
Grapes hand-harvested from late February through to late March and, on arrival at the winery, 100% destemmed. A 4-6 day pre-ferment maceration preceded a 100% indigenous yeast fermentation with manual plunging throughout, followed by a short post-ferment maceration (a total of 18-21 days on skins). Following pressing and a short settling period the wine was transferred to 28% new French oak barriques. After a natural 100% MLF with warmer temperatures in spring, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered following a total of 15 months of oak maturation.
Food Pairing Notes
A robust Pinot like this demands equally hearty food. Why not reach for the classic beef bourguignon? Serve at 14–17°C.
425 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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