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Wallis Tasmania Pinot Noir 2016 Detail

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. 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.

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Wine Profile

Vintage

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.

Vineyards :: Clones

Wallis Tasmania :: Field blend (including MV6, 114, 115)

Harvest date :: Yield

Hand picked 1 April 2016 :: 8.4 tonnes/ha (3.4 t/acre, ~50.4hl/ha)

Brix :: pH :: TA

24.4° (13.6° Baumé) :: 3.46 :: 5.1 g/l

Winemaking

Grapes hand-harvested in early April and, on arrival at the winery, 100% destemmed. A 8 day preferment maceration preceded a 100% indigenous yeast fermentation with manual plunging throughout, followed by a short post-ferment maceration (a total of 22 days on skins). Following pressing and a short settling period the wine was transferred to 50% one year old French oak barriques. After a natural 100% MLF with warmer temperatures in spring, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered following a total of 12 months of oak maturation.

Winemakers

Sandro Mosele, Martin Spedding

Aging :: Oak

12 months :: 50% one year old French oak barriques (medium toast; very tight grain; François Frères)

Malolactic

Complete

Residual sugar

Dry (0.33 g/l)

Finished pH :: TA

3.37 :: 5.1 g/l

Alcohol

121 dozen :: bottled March 2017 :: screwcap

Production

541 dozen :: bottled 19 February 2018 :: screwcap

Release date

March 2018

TASTING NOTES

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]

Food :: Temperature

Rosemary venison with cherry sauce. Hard not to with such a cherry laden wine! Serve at 14–17°C

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