2015 Estate Chardonnay
"A settled, sure-footed chardonnay" 92/100 Campbell Mattinson
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.
"It’s a settled, sure-footed chardonnay with ample flavour and a clean, long, succulent finish. It refreshes and it satisfies. It tastes of white peach, grapefruit, honeysuckle and spicy oak, a green apple juiciness washing through the finish. Both flavoursome and neat/tidy." 92/100 Campbell Mattinson
As ever the Estate Chardonnay is intended as an expression of the Ten Minutes by Tractor style, with inputs from all three Estate vineyards. Yet it also has a different character to the more definitive single vineyard wines, with an extra approachability and vitality. Green straw, this carries the white peach fruit character, with whispers of toasty butterscotch oak and lees that fan out through the palate. Crucially, the partial malolactic fermentation gives the back end more citrus acidity thrust to counter the fullness of the winemaking inputs. A final point – don’t drink this too cold, as the expression can be blunted with overchilling.
Andrew Graham [February 2017, commissioned by TMBT]
Hand picked 13 March-1 April. P58 (100%) from our Wallis (53%), Judd (27%) and McCutcheon (20%) vineyards. Yield 5.31 tonnes/ha (2.1 t/acre, ~31.9hl/ha).
• 100% whole bunch pressed
• 100% wild yeast fermentation in 27% new French oak barriques
• natural partial (66%) MLF
• bottled unfined after light filtration following 10 months of oak maturation
Food Pairing Notes
Delicacy is important here so white fish is a natural pick. Serve at 10–13°C.
Following heavy rainfalls in the winter of 2014, vintage 2015 growing conditions were exceptional. Mild and consistent temperatures over the summer and a cool and dry autumn produced beautiful fruit, balanced yields and healthy canopies. The resulting wines have bright fruit, great balance and persistence. One of our very best vintages. Yields were well up on the previous vintage (overall 4.6 t/ha or 1.9t/acre compared to 2.1 t/ha or 0.8 t/acre).