This is the first vintage from the Tasmanian vineyard of Peter & Elizabeth Wallis who lovingly restored this property to its former glory and expanded the original vineyard. After many years of encouragement and planning for a Tasmanian Wallis Pinot, the grapes for this wine crossed Bass Straight in a refrigerated container to TMBT.
What a pleasure to be delving into a brand new, quintessentially different Ten Minutes By Tractor Pinot Noir. By contrast to the Mornington wines, this has a more lifted fragrance but it doesn’t feel as forceful, with flavours that are very much in the cherry end of the spectrum. The newish oak gives this an inviting cocoa powder openness, and the low acidity delivering softness before a warm finish. It’s easy to see the enveloping warmth and charm of this style. Andrew Graham [February 2018, commissioned by TMBT]
Hand picked 1 April 2016. Clones are a field blend (including MV6, 114, 115) from the Freshwater Point vineyard on the Tamar River in northern Tasmania. Yield 8.4 tonnes/ha (3.4 t/acre, ~50hl/ha)
• transported to the winery from northern Tasmania by refrigerated truck
• 100% destemmed
• 8 day pre-ferment maceration
• 100% wild yeast fermentation with manual plunging
• short post-ferment maceration, total 22 days on skins
• following pressing and short settling period the wine was transferred to 50% second use French oak barriques
• bottled unfined and unfiltered following a total of 12 months of oak maturation
Food Pairing Notes
Rosemary venison with cherry sauce. Hard not to with such a cherry laden wine! Serve at 14–17°C.