2014 Wallis Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Mornington Peninsula
Harvest Date
13 March 2014
Sugar At Harvest
22.1-22.4° (12.3-12.4° Baumé)
TA (finished)
7.6 g/l
pH (finished)
10 months in 20% new French oak barriques
Wild yeast
Bottling Date
13 February 2015
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.60 g/l)
Best drinking
Alcohol %

2014 Wallis Chardonnay

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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 - 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The Wallis vineyard produces a very particular expression of Chardonnay that, each year, stands out in the Ten Minutes by Tractor range. It has a high toned finesse that is immediately recognisable when placed alongside the muscular McCutcheon wine, and this architectural filigree is one of the wine’s principal pleasures. The nose here, for example, is immediately expressive of minerals as much as herbs and citrus - it has a curiously piercing note of struck flint that provides a beautiful edge to the wine’s aroma. Smelling this is like exploring a rock-strewn road on a bright winter’s day - lines are etched and sensations sharpened, the whole bright and cool at the same time. There are deeper wells of aroma here, but these remain firmly recessed. Until the palate, that is, which shows how flavoursome this wine truly is. Although it never loses its sheen of minerality, there is a depth of flavour in the mouth that fills the wine’s line satisfyingly well. Entry is precise and lemon-tinged, leading to a mid-palate that swells with slick mouthfeel and butterscotch delight. Texture asserts through the after palate, with a nice cat’s tongue rasp of phenolics atop vanilla and spice flavours. A gentle, reverberant finish. Julian Coldrey [March 2016, commissioned by TMBT]
Production Notes
Hand picked 13 March 2014. Clone P58 (100%) from the Tree Block on our Wallis vineyard. Yield 3.2 tonnes/ha (1.3 t/acre, ~19.2hl/ha).
Winemaker Notes
Grapes hand-harvested in mid March, whole bunch pressed and the unsettled juice was transferred to 20% new French oak barriques. Fermentation by indigenous yeasts preceded a partial malolactic fermentation in spring and regular stirring of lees was carried out over a 10 month barrel maturation. Bottled after light fining and filtration.
Food Pairing Notes
A brilliantly performed, distinctive wine that will go well with ravioli stuffed with artichokes and mascarpone. Serve at 10–13°C.
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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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