2015 10X Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Mornington Peninsula
Harvest Date
7-24 March 2015
Sugar At Harvest
22.0-22.8° (12.2-12.7° Baumé)
TA (finished)
8.0 g/l
pH (finished)
9 months in 15% new French oak barriques
Wild yeast
Bottling Date
13 January 2016
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.42 g/l)
Best drinking
Alcohol %

2015 10X Chardonnay

Our 10X wines are designed as easy drinking examples of what the Mornington Peninsula can produce. They may have been picked from younger vines or at slightly different times to achieve slightly different characteristics and, as a general rule, they see less new oak and spend less time in oak during maturation.

The end result is more approachable, more accessible and more immediately rewarding; the wines have a delicious freshness and clarity. 

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[A 10% discount applies to purchases of 12 or more bottles of this wine, or a mixed case of 12 or more bottles of Estate and/or 10X wines]

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Back vintages of this wine - 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004,  2003, 2002, 2001, 2000

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
With so many Chardonnays in the range, it’s reasonable to wonder what one gets with the (nominally) entry level 10X label. The answer is: a good taste of the high end. This is very much in the main line of the range, stylistically, and presents a more accessible, “drink now” version of the house style. The aroma is unmistakably Ten Minutes by Tractor, showing characteristically high-toned notes of citrus and white peach, along with an array of crisp herbal notes and warmer, vanilla tones. There are deeper, fleshier notes too, which emerge after a bit of air and some swirling in the glass. The precision of the aroma’s layering is impressive, akin to peering through a fine latticework window to a garden in full bloom - finesse and abundance all at once. Wines that unfold like this should be drunk slowly and with some attention, and it’s gratifying to see this complexity in a such a young wine. In the mouth, a burst of fresh citrus initially characterises the flavour profile and establishes this wine as one to enjoy immediately. There’s great verve and vitality here, the same sensation one has when biting into fresh fruit, as flavour and acid combine to invigorate the palate. As the line progresses, subtle vanilla and caramel begin to emerge, adding plushness and depth, and cushioning a firm line of acid that drives across the tongue. The finish sizzles with a butterscotch and lemon sherbet sensation. This narrative provides a neat beginning, middle and end to the wine’s line and, as with any good story, is one that invites repeat visits. Julian Coldrey [March 2016, commissioned by TMBT]
Production Notes
Hand picked 7-24 March 2015. Clones I10V1 (75%) and P58 (25%) from the Osborn (75%), Judd (15%) and Wallis (10%) vineyards. Yield 6.2 tonnes/ha (2.5 t/acre, ~37.2hl/ha).
Winemaker Notes
Grapes hand-harvested in mid March, whole bunch pressed and the unsettled juice was transferred to 15% 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 9 month barrel maturation. Bottled unfined after filtration.
Food Pairing Notes
Choose food that matches the wine’s layers of freshness and warmth; American-style chicken salad on artisan sourdough would be a knockout lunch combination. Serve at 7–10°C.
475 dozen
Vintage Notes

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).

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