10X Pinot Noir 2017 Detail

There’s a consuming vibrancy to the 2017 10X Pinot Noir, the limpid freshness of the bright raspberry fruit making for a lively wine of fruit purity, complete with a hint of meaty complexity on the back palate. An immediately enjoyable and more-ish Pinot with more layers waiting to unfurl in bottle.

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Wine Profile


Following an average rainfall and relatively warm winter, it was again the spring weather leading up to flowering which caused issues. October was our third wettest on record (96mm v 62mm average) and November saw our second coldest maximum and minimum temperatures (19.3° v 20.9°, 9.6° v 10.9°), consequently the budburst interval (budburst-flowering) was our longest ever – 87 days v an average of 75 days – and flowering was our latest ever (5 December v our 21 November average). In the end, due to the excellent February and March, hang time (budburstharvest) was average – 205 days v an average of 204 days – and harvest date was close to average – 1 April v an average of 29 March. Yields are down because of the problems around flowering but summer and early autumn saw long, slow ripening – perfect for our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Vineyards :: Clones

Winebar (48%), Osborn (23%), Spedding (16%), Wallis (13%) :: D1V7 (100%)

Harvest date :: Yield

Hand picked 7-23 March 2017 :: 4.2 tonnes/ha (1.7 t/acre, ~25.2hl/ha)

Brix :: pH :: TA

22.8-23.4° (12.7-13.0° Baumé) :: 3.25-3.37 :: 6.1-7.1 g/l


Grapes hand-harvested through mid March and transferred to press via gravity before being whole bunch pressed and the unsettled juice fermented by indigenous yeasts in old 228 litre French oak barrels. A 9 month aging in barrel with no bâtonnage to keep wines fresher and more taut. Natural partial (10%) malolactic fermentation before bottling lightly fined and filtered.


Sandro Mosele, Martin Spedding

Aging :: Oak

9 months :: old 228 litre French oak barrels


Partial (10%)

Residual sugar

Dry (0.8 g/l)

Finished pH :: TA

3.28 :: 6.7 g/l


13.5% (8.0 standard drinks/750ml bottle)


703 dozen :: bottled 6 December 2017 :: screwcap

Release date

June 2018


A particularly gentle edition of the 10X Pinot Gris that emphasises freshness and delicacy, featuring a kiss of white peach fruit, and a subtle and refined palate. It’s perhaps a quieter wine this year, but with a sense that the reserved palate will unfurl further in the bottle as it gains weight. Certainly a fresh and long style all the same.

Andrew Graham [May 2018, commissioned by TMBT]

Food :: Temperature

A cold chicken salad – something not too heavy. Serve at 10–13°C.

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