2016 Estate Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Mornington Peninsula
Harvest Date
4-24 March 2016
Sugar At Harvest
21.4-22.8° Brix (11.9-12.7° Baumé)
TA (finished)
6.1 g/l
pH (finished)
11 months in 19% new French oak barriques
Wild yeast
Bottling Date
February 2017
Residual Sugar
Dry (1.2 g/l)
Best drinking
Alcohol %

2016 Estate Chardonnay

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 - 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003 [Reserve], 2002 [Reserve]

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Now a blend of four vineyards, the Estate Chardonnay takes a different tack this year, the vintage warmth delivering a wine that has more width and volume. There’s an extra edge of white chocolate on the nose this year too, though backed with a more traditional white peach and nectarine that is the Ten Minutes by Tractor trademark. Underneath, it’s a broadly proportioned wine with a notable depth of flavour this year – a more full-throttle Estate Chardonnay – though with plenty of acidity to carry off the style. Andrew Graham [February 2018, commissioned by TMBT]
Production Notes
Hand picked 4-24 March 2016. Clones P58 (70%) and I10V1 (30%) from our Wallis (34%), Kentucky (30%), McCutcheon (19%) and Judd (17%) vineyards. Yield 5.93 tonnes/ha (2.4 t/acre, ~36hl/ha).
Winemaker Notes
• 100% whole bunch pressed • 100% wild yeast fermentation in 19% new French oak barriques • natural partial (83%) MLF • bottled unfined after light filtration following 11 months of oak maturation
Food Pairing Notes
Creamed salmon roe, with richness to match the wine. Serve at 10–13°C.
1468 dozen
Vintage Notes

After a very cold winter, the 2016 growing season had the highest average maximum temperature (23ºC v 21.8ºC avg), earliest flowering (10 days earlier than average) and harvest dates(23 days earlier than average) on record, lowest growing season rainfall (211mm v 348mm avg) and shortest hang time (budburst-harvest; 21 days shorter than average). The result was a dry and warm vintage with good yields.

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