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“The wines from this estate have become classier and classier with each passing year. Indeed, it’s fast heading for elite status.”

— CAMPBELL MATTINSON & GARY WALSH, WINE WRITERS

10X

10X wines are sourced from several vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula and are therefore a regional expression of each variety. All of our fruit is Estate grown and managed.

The long and slow vintage has played into this wine’s favour, delivering a tension between acidity and texture that is genuinely enjoyable. A lift of passionfruit, lemon curd and a little meringue, the palate driven by taut, citrussy natural acidity but with a softer edge that makes it fresh and inviting.
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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.
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The most approachable of the Ten Minutes by Tractor Chardonnay wines, and here in a very lively form that is unquestionably fresh. Very much shaped by the underlying grapefruit acidity, with oak a distant influence in the background. A lively, Chablis-inspired wine of citrussy vitality and with a clear varietal stamp that will only become more prominent with time in bottle.
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The very definition of a savoury rose. Nutty, complex and finely textural, the style here takes its cues from grower Champagne rather than your usual pale and flavourless Provence pink.
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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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Estate & Sparkling

Our Estate wines are a barrel selection from our individual vineyards which are blended to create the best expression of Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Now a blend of four vineyards, 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 and plenty of acidity to carry off the style.
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This has a surprising energy to it that makes it perhaps the most approachable Pinot Noir in the range (for now). Driven by cherry fruit with a ripple of vanilla and tomato leaf, it’s even and spicy with just a hint of jam.
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This is a sparkling wine of distinct contrasts. On the one hand, you have the firmly delineated acidity that provides a backbone of grapefruit drive and structure. By contrast, there is also the complexity and generosity that comes from extended lees ageing, which provides layers of weighty richness. The end result is a wine of tension, with inputs from the lean and sharp edged 2011 vintage and more generous 2012 wine, the low 3g/l dosage only enhances the detail and makes for a serious sparkling wine unquestioned complexity and stout acidity.
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Single Vineyard

We produce Single Vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from our Estate vineyards  McCutcheon, Coolart Road, Judd and Wallis – which are 100% managed by our viticultural and winemaking teams.

These wines are produced from the highest performing blocks from each of these vineyards, harvested from small carefully selected parcels ensuring the clearest expression of their terroir.

The Ten Minutes by Tractor range from the Mornington Peninsula always offers a choice of some of Australia’s finest single-vineyard chardonnays.”

— WINSOR DOBBIN, AUSTRALIAN WINE WRITER

[From Left: Sandro Mosele, Winemaker, Martin Spedding, Winemaker & Owner / Tim Brown, Viticulturalist]

Winemaking and Viticulture

“My overall impression of Ten Minutes by Tractor was one of a class act – the wines are all beautifully crafted from the ‘ready to drink’ 10X range to the superlative single vineyard series.”

— SUZANNE BROCKLEHURST, UK WINE WRITER

Our winemaking team is headed up by Sandro Mosele who completed his winemaking degree at Charles Sturt University and has been making wine for 28 years.  Prior to joining Ten Minutes by Tractor Sandro previously produced wines for Kooyong, Port Phillip Estate, and a number of other Victorian wineries.  Sandro has worked alongside Alain Graillot and Alberto Antonini, which helped shape his winemaking philosophy.  Throughout each vintage Sandro, Martin and the winery team consult on each aspect of the winery function and importantly on final barrel selections for the different Ten Minutes by Tractor labels.

Working alongside Sandro in the winery is winemaker, Imogen Dillon who joined Ten Minutes by Tractor in 2017. Imogen graduated from Curtin University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Oenology.  Imogen has been making wine for 16 years and has gained experience in the Margaret River, Mount Barker and Swan Valley WA as well as off season working vintages in Napa Valley, Bordeaux and Washington State. Imogen was Senior Winemaker at Fermoy Estate and worked with Yabby Lake prior to joining Ten Minutes By Tractor.

Also working on our wine making team is Dave Manning who commenced working in the wine industry with Negociants in 2004 – 2016 and won the Negociants Working with Wine Scholarship in 2014. Dave is completing his 5th and final year of a Degree in Agriculture Science majoring in Winemaking and Viticulture.

Our Viticulturist Tim Brown has worked exclusively with cool climate producers in Australia, Burgundy, Rhone Valley and Champagne since 1988.  Tim oversees the management of all Ten Minutes by Tractor vineyards and, like Sandro, works closely with Martin to ensure the utmost care is taken across each block with regard to soil and vine health.

Ten Minutes by Tractor cultivates soils under vine mechanically and does not use herbicides. The cultivation of vineyard soils and use of sustainable vineyard practices is central to our vineyard management philosophy and belief that it preserves and promotes the terroir of our vineyards and produces superior wines.

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Vintage 2017
DESCRIPTION

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 (budburst-harvest) was average – 205 days v an average of 203 days – and harvest date was close to average – 1 April v an average of 28 March. Yields were down because of the problems around flowering but summer and early autumn saw long, slow ripening – perfect for our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Key Dates (Main Ridge Pinot Noir Dates for 2016/17)
Budburst – 9 Sep (avg 7 Sep)

Flowering – 5 Dec (avg 21 Nov)

Veraison – 6 Feb (avg 1 Feb)

Harvest – 1 Apr (avg 28 Mar)

Budburst-Harvest – 205 days (avg 203 days)

Up v Down Difference – 18 days (avg 17 days)

TASTING NOTES | 10X WINES
2017 10X Sauvignon Blanc
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2017 10X Rosé
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2017 10X Pinot Gris
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2017 10X Pinot Noir
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2017 10X Chardonnay
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DESCRIPTION

A vintage of records…

  • Highest average maximum temperature (23ºC v 21.8ºC avg)
  • Lowest growing season rainfall (211mm v 348mm avg)
  • Shortest hang time (budburst-harvest; 21 days shorter than average)
  • Earliest flowering date (10 days earlier than average)
  • Earliest harvest (23 days earlier than average)

So, a very dry, warm year with down-the-hill all picked before the end of February and up-the-hill picked by the first week of March – both unprecedented. Quality looks excellent.

MAIN RIDGE PIONT NOIR DATES

Budburst – 5 Sep [avg 6 Sep]

Flowering – 11 Nov [avg 20 Nov]

Veraison – 17 Jan [avg 2 Feb]

Harvest – 6 Mar [avg 28 Mar]

Budburst-harvest – 183 days [avg 204 days]

DORMANT INTERVAL  [MAY – AUG]

Slightly longer than average; coolest average maximum temperature (14.2ºC v 14.9ºC avg).

 

BUDBURST INTERVAL [SEP – NOV]

Slightly shorter than average; second driest budburst interval; warmest average maximum temperature (20.3ºC v 18.8ºC avg).

 

FLORAISON INTERVAL [DEC – JAN]

Slightly shorter than average; warmest average maximum temperature (25.8ºC v 23.7ºC avg).

 

VERAISON INTERVAL [FEB – APR]

Slightly shorter than average; warmest average maximum temperature (25.8ºC v 23.7ºC avg).

TASTING NOTES | 10X WINES
2016 10X Sauvignon Blanc
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2016 10X Rosé
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2016 10X Pinot Gris
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2016 10X Pinot Noir
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2016 10X Chardonnay
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Estate/Reserve Wines
2016 Estate Chardonnay
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2016 Estate Pinot Noir
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Single Vineyard Wines
2016 McCutcheon Chardonnay
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2016 McCutcheon Pinot Noir
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2016 Wallis Pinot Noir
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2016 Judd Chardonnay
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2016 Judd Pinot Noir
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2016 Wallis Tasmania Pinot Noir
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2016 Wallis Chardonnay
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2016 Coolart Road Pinot Noir
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JOURNALS
Wine Releases 2016 10X Wines
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Wine Releases 2016 Estate & Single Vineyards
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DESCRIPTION

Following heavy rainfalls in the winter, the 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 (4.7t/ha or 1.9t/acre compared to 1.9t/ha or 0.8 t/acre).

 

Main Ridge Pinot Noir dates

Budburst – 12 Sep [avg 7 Sep]

Flowering – 21 Nov [avg 20 Nov]

Veraison – 28 Jan [avg 2 Feb]

Harvest – 22 Mar [avg 28 Mar]

Budburst-harvest – 192 days [avg 204 days]

DORMANT INTERVAL [MAY – AUG]

Second longest on record (18 days longer than average). Just below average rainfall, though with a very wet June (our second wettest, over 70% above average). Our warmest, maximum and minimum, dormant interval in 16 years.

 

BUDBURST INTERVAL [SEP – NOV]

Slightly shorter than average. Below average rainfall and above average temperatures (both minimum and maximum).

 

FLORAISON INTERVAL [DEC – JAN]

Slightly shorter than average. Above average rainfall (our 2nd wettest in 16 years) with below average maximum temperatures but above average minimum temperatures.

 

VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]

Average length. One of our driest veraison intervals with rainfall 30% below average. Below average minimum and maximum temperatures in March but this was not until the end of the month after harvest.

TASTING NOTES | 10X WINES
2015 10X Sauvignon Blanc
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2015 10X Rosé
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2015 10X Pinot Gris
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2015 10X Pinot Noir
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2015 10X Chardonnay
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Estate/Reserve Wines
2015 Estate Chardonnay
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2015 Estate Pinot Noir
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Single Vineyard Wines
2015 McCutcheon Chardonnay
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2015 McCutcheon Pinot Noir
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2015 Wallis Pinot Noir
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2015 Judd Chardonnay
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2015 Judd Pinot Noir
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2015 Wallis Chardonnay
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2015 Coolart Road Pinot Noir
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JOURNALS
Wine Releases 2014 & 2015 Vintages
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Wine Releases 2015 Estates and Single Vineyards
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DESCRIPTION

The 2014 vintage was one of the lowest yielding on record. This was a result of the cold and wet conditions in mid November 2013 that seriously impacted fruit set during flowering. The cool, wet spring was followed by a warm and dry summer which, together with the low yields (our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay averaged 1.9t/ha or 0.8 t/acre), resulted in great concentration and flavour.

 

Main Ridge Pinot Noir dates

Budburst – 6 Sep [avg 7 Sep]

Flowering – 21 Nov [avg 20 Nov]

Veraison – 5 Feb [avg 2 Feb]

Harvest – 18 Mar [avg 28 Mar]

Budburst-harvest – 194 days [avg 204 days]

DORMANT INTERVAL [MAY – AUG]

One of our longest dormant intervals (174 days v 158 day average). Our third wettest and third warmest dormant interval.

 

BUDBURST INTERVAL [SEP – NOV]

Average length. Second wettest budburst interval; very wet November causing problems around flowering.

 

FLORAISON INTERVAL [DEC – JAN]

Average length.

 

VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]

Our shortest veraison interval (42 days v 56 day average). Fourth driest and highest average maximum temperatures.

TASTING NOTES | 10X Wines
2014 10X Sauvignon Blanc
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2014 10X Pinot Noir
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2014 10X Chardonnay
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2014 10X Pinot Gris
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TASTING NOTES | Estate Wines
2014 Estate Chardonnay
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2014 Estate Pinot Noir
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TASTING NOTES | Single Vineyard Wines
2014 Wallis Chardonnay
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JOURNALS
Wine Releases 2013 & 2014 Vintages
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Wine Releases 2014 & 2015 Vintages
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DESCRIPTION

After good winter rains the 2013 vintage ended as one of our driest and earliest vintages on record. The favourable weather throughout bud burst and flowering set up the ideal conditions for a very good vintage.

 

Main Ridge Pinot Noir dates

Budburst – 6 Sep [avg 6 Sep]

Flowering – 22 Nov [avg 21 Nov]

Veraison – 28 Jan [avg 3 Feb]

Harvest – 15 Mar [avg 30 Mar]

Budburst-harvest –  191 days [avg 206 days]

DORMANT INTERVAL [MAY – AUG]

Average length; lower than average maximum temperatures but slightly higher than average minimums; wettest ever dormant interval (420mm v 290mm average) with particularly wet May and June.

 

BUDBURST INTERVAL [SEP – NOV]

Average length; slightly below average rainfall and minimum temperatures but slightly above average maximum temperatures.

 

FLORAISON INTERVAL [DEC – JAN]

Shorter than average; above average maximum temperatures but slightly below average minimum temperatures; second lowest ever rainfall (57mm v 89mm average).

 

VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]

Second shortest ever (47 days v 57 day average); highest ever maximum temperatures (25.9°C v 23.0°C) and minimums (14.6°C v 12.6°C), from 4-12 March we had nine days over 30°C, with three of those over 35°C; second lowest ever rainfall (89mm v 151mm average).

A vintage of extremes – wettest ever dormant interval and second driest floraison and veraison intervals; hottest ever veraison interval.

Langton’s rate it 9 for Chardonnay, 9 for Pinot Noir.

TASTING NOTES | 10X Wines
2013 10X Sauvignon Blanc
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2013 10X Rosé
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2013 10X Pinot Gris
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2013 10X Pinot Noir
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2013 10X Chardonnay
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TASTING NOTES | Estate Wines
2013 Estate Chardonnay
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2013 Estate Pinot Noir
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TASTING NOTES | Single Vineyard Wines
2013 McCutcheon Chardonnay
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2013 McCutcheon Pinot Noir
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2013 Judd Chardonnay
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2013 Coolart Road Pinot Noir
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2013 Wallis Chardonnay
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2013 Wallis Pinot Noir
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JOURNALS
Wine Releases 2012 & 2013 Vintages
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Wine Releases 2013 & 2014 Vintages
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DESCRIPTION

A much more favourable season than 2011 though not without several interesting periods. Spring conditions were great for budburst and early season growth. With small bunches from the previous season’s cool and wet summer and a wet spell during flowering we saw moderate to low yields with highly concentrated flavours. An average budburst-harvest interval but our longest ever veraison-harvest interval (74 days v 57 day average) resulting in intensified flavour and colour development. Second longest difference between harvest in the lower north and the higher south (31 days v 17 day average).

 

Main Ridge Pinot Noir dates

Budburst – 31 Aug [avg 7 Sep]

Flowering – 12 Nov [avg 21 Nov]

Veraison – 16 Jan [avg 3 Feb]

Harvest – 26 Mar [avg 31 Mar]

Budburst-harvest –  208 [avg 207 days]

DORMANT INTERVAL [MAY – AUG]

Temperatures around average; rainfall below average (246mm v 280mm average).

 

BUDBURST INTERVAL [SEP – NOV]

Some disease pressure from above average rainfall (246mm v 181mm average including a very wet November, our wettest ever, 109mm, with several heavy falls, notably 38mm on 27th). Very warm, our equal warmest average maximum (19.6°C) and our 3rd warmest average minimum (9.7°C).

 

FLORAISON INTERVAL [DEC – JAN]

Rainfall was about average (84mm v 91mm average) as was maximum temperature (23.8°C v 23.7°C average), however, minimum temperatures were our equal warmest with vintage 2008 (14.0°C v 12.8°C average).

 

VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]

Our longest veraison interval (74 days v 57 day average); February was warm with both minimums and maximums above average but March minimums were very low (21.8°C v 23.1°C average); April was close to average. February rainfall was well above average (73mm v 45mm) but this was largely due to the very heavy falls on one day, 41mm on the 28th; similarly March was above average (78mm v 41mm) with falls of 21mm on the 4th and 19mm on the 24th; April was slightly below average.

Budburst second earliest ever, a week earlier than average; flowering 9 days earlier than average and veraison our earliest ever, 19 days earlier than average; harvest was 8 days earlier than average, our 5th earliest vintage. Hang time was average.

Second longest difference between “up the hill” and “down the hill” – 31 days compared with an average of 17 days.

Langton’s rate it 9 for Chardonnay, 9 for Pinot Noir/Halliday 9 for Chardonnay, 9 for Pinot Noir.

TASTING NOTES | 10X Wines
2012 10X Sauvignon Blanc
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2012 10X Rosé
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2012 10X Pinot Gris
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2012 10X Pinot Noir
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2012 10X Chardonnay
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TASTING NOTES | Estate Wines
2012 Estate Chardonnay
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2012 Estate Pinot Noir
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TASTING NOTES | Single Vineyard Wines
2012 McCutcheon Chardonnay
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2012 Judd Pinot Noir
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2012 Wallis Chardonnay
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2012 McCutcheon Pinot Noir
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JOURNALS
Wine Releases 2011 & 2012 Vintages
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Wine Releases 2012 & 2013 Vintages
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DESCRIPTION

After a decade of warm and dry conditions the 2011 vintage broke the drought with over 600 ml of rain during the growing season, the cool and wet conditions resulted in our latest harvest on record. A vintage characterised by never ending rain, cool temperatures (particularly around budburst and in the critical months from veraison to harvest) and high disease pressure. Some data…

  • Melbourne’s wettest summer in 17 years and sixth wettest summer on record (306mm v average 163mm, record is 361mm 1903/04).
  • Our average annual rainfall is 700 mm, in 2010/11 we received 999mm; our average growing season rainfall (Sep-Mar) is 353mm, in 2010/11 we received 588mm.
  • Our average temperature from Feb-Apr is 22.7°C, in 2010/11 it was 21.3°C.

It was our latest ever budburst, almost 3 weeks later than average, flowering and veraison a little later than average and harvest 2 weeks later than average, our latest vintage. Hang time just shorter than average.

Yields were reduced but those grapes that were picked were of good quality – great natural acidity and lovely flavours in our Chardonnay with the Pinot Noir benefitting from the long cool ripening.

 

Main Ridge Pinot Noir dates

Budburst – 26 Sep [avg 7 Sep]

Flowering – 26 Nov [avg 21 Nov]

Veraison – 8 Feb [avg 3 Feb]

Harvest – 16 Apr [avg 31 Mar]

Budburst-harvest – 203 days [avg 207]

DORMANT INTERVAL [MAY – AUG]

Temperatures below average; rainfall above average, our 4th wettest dormant interval. Latest ever budburst (18 days later than average); even shoot length.

 

BUDBURST INTERVAL [SEP – NOV]

Temperatures below average; rainfall above average, our 2nd wettest budburst interval (including our wettest ever October). Long and humid flowering period resulting in good fruit set but with some hen and chicken.

 

FLORAISON INTERVAL [DEC – JAN]

Temperatures just above average; rainfall well above average (173mm v 91mm average), our wettest ever floraison interval including our wettest ever January (94mm v 36mm avg). High disease pressure period (Downy and Powdery Mildew), highest labour input required ever, good growth from humid and wet conditions.

 

VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]

Temperatures cold; rainfall well above average (243mm v 151mm); equal 2nd longest veraison interval with 2001 (68 days v 57 day average). Constant triage to remove botrytis, low yields.

Budburst date latest ever, almost 3 weeks later than average, flowering and veraison a little later than average and harvest 2 weeks later than average, our latest vintage. Hang time just shorter than average.

Langton’s rate it 6 for Chardonnay, 5 for Pinot Noir/Halliday 6 for Chardonnay, 5 for Pinot Noir.

TASTING NOTES | 10X Wines
2011 10X Pinot Gris
2011 10X Pinot Noir
2011 10X Chardonnay
2011 10X Rosé
TASTING NOTES | Estate Wines
2011 Estate Chardonnay
2011 Estate Pinot Noir
TASTING NOTES | Single Vineyard Wines
2011 McCutcheon Chardonnay
2011 Wallis Chardonnay
2011 McCutcheon Pinot Noir
Journals
Wine Releases 2010 & 2011 Vintages
Wine Releases 2011 & 2012 Vintages
DESCRIPTION

2010 was a kind vintage beginning with good winter and spring rainfall, warm temperatures through August and September saw good budburst. Although October was marginally cooler than usual, November and December warmed up providing perfect conditions for the “Grand Growth” phase (a rapid growth phase which begins when the plant switches from vegetative to reproductive mode) and also for flowering and fruit set. February and March were warmer than average and the ripening period rolled along without any great concern, resulting in an early vintage with very high quality fruit.

 

Main Ridge Pinot Noir dates

Budburst – 7 Sep [avg 7 Sep]

Flowering – 14 Nov [avg 21 Nov]

Veraison – 27 Jan [avg 3 Feb]

Harvest – 20 Mar [avg 31 Mar]

Budburst-harvest – 195 days [avg 207]

DORMANT INTERVAL [MAY – AUG]

Temperatures above average; rainfall below average. Good budburst, even and consistent growth.

 

BUDBURST INTERVAL [SEP – NOV]

Temperatures above average including our warmest ever November; rainfall above average with the 3rd wettest November (40mm on 22nd). Excellent flowering period.

 

FLORAISON INTERVAL [DEC – JAN]

Temperatures just above average; rainfall well below average. Moderate disease pressure, good healthy canopies.

 

VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]

Temperatures well above average; rainfall above average. Warm autumn although perfect harvest conditions and fruit picked at optimal flavours.

Budburst date average, flowering and veraison a week earlier than average and harvest 12 days earlier than average, our 4th earliest vintage. Hang time 2 weeks shorter than average, our 4th shortest.

Langton’s rate it 9 for Chardonnay, 10 for Pinot Noir/Halliday 9 for Chardonnay, 10 for Pinot Noir.

TASTING NOTES | 10X Wines
2010 10X Sauvignon Blanc
2010 10X Pinot Noir
2010 10X Pinot Gris
2010 Blanc de Blancs (Disgorged May 2014)
2010 10X Chardonnay
2010 Blanc de Blancs (Disgorged October 2012)
TASTING NOTES | Estate Wines
2010 Estate Chardonnay
2010 Estate Pinot Noir
TASTING NOTES | Single Vineyard Wines
2010 McCutcheon Chardonnay
2010 Judd Pinot Noir
2010 Wallis Chardonnay
2010 Wallis Pinot Noir
2010 McCutcheon Pinot Noir
2010 Harmonia
JOURNALS
Newsletter 13 – June 2010
Newsletter 14 – December 2010
Wine Releases 2010 & 2011 Vintages
DESCRIPTION

Ironically, for a season that will be remembered for the devastation caused by the February 2009 bushfires, it was cool weather that defined the vintage “up the hill”. Budburst was excellent but in mid November, just as flowering commenced, through into December, cool wet weather meant flowering and fruit set was poor resulting in very low yields. Main Ridge was less effected by the intense heat from mid January to early February; the rolling hills tend to hide the vines from afternoon heat loads and our predominately east-west running rows were less exposed to the extreme afternoon heat which caused most damage. The end result was low yields, great balanced acidity and intense flavours.

 

Main Ridge Pinot Noir dates

Budburst – 11 Sep [avg 7 Sep]

Flowering – 15 Nov [avg 21 Nov]

Veraison – 6 Feb [avg 3 Feb]

Harvest – 6 Apr [avg 31 Mar]

Budburst-harvest – 208 days [avg 207 days]

DORMANT INTERVAL [MAY – AUG]

Temperatures around average, though cool July and August; rainfall average.

 

BUDBURST INTERVAL [SEP – NOV]

Temperatures above average; rainfall average. Slightly late budburst, good growth once started.

 

FLORAISON INTERVAL [DEC – JAN]

Temperatures slightly below average though cool December (2nd coolest) and very hot January (2nd highest); rainfall slightly above average though with a very wet December (51mm on 13th and 21mm on 14th creating some disease pressure) and very dry January. Cooler flowering period resulting in lower yields.

 

VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]

Temperatures average though above average February (see below); rainfall average though driest February on record. Intense heatwave in February caused little interference with harvest “up the hill”.

Budburst slightly later than average, flowering a week earlier than average, veraison average and harvest 5 days later than average. Hang time average.

This was the year of the devastating Victorian bushfires. Over 20 days from 19 January to 7 February, Black Saturday, there were 9 days above 30° with 5 of those above 35° and 4 of those above 40°, culminating in 45.8° on Black Saturday.

Depending on several factors – row orientation, degree of leaf plucking – the effect of the heat ranged from relatively minor to significant with many bunches completely burnt on the west side of the rows and berries desiccated on the east side. Consequently quality is regarded as variable. Langton’s rate it 6/Halliday 9.

TASTING NOTES | 10X Wines
2009 10X Sauvignon Blanc
2009 10X Pinot Noir
2009 10X Pinot Gris
2009 10X Chardonnay
TASTING NOTES | Estate Wines
2009 Estate Chardonnay
2009 Estate Pinot Noir
TASTING NOTES | Single Vineyard Wines
2009 McCutcheon Chardonnay
2009 Wallis Chardonnay
2009 McCutcheon Pinot Noir
JOURNALS
Newsletter 10 – June 2009
Newsletter 11 – September 2009
Newsletter 12 – December 2009
Main Ridge Pinot Noir dates

Budburst – 7 Sep [avg 7 Sep]

Flowering – 11 Nov [avg 21 Nov]

Veraison – 23 Jan [avg 3 Feb]

Harvest – 19 Mar [avg 31 Mar]

Budburst-harvest – 194 days [avg 207 days]

DORMANT INTERVAL [MAY – AUG]

Temperatures just above average; rainfall well above average (360mm v 282mm avg), 3rd wettest dormant interval. Good budburst, even growth.

 

BUDBURST INTERVAL [SEP – NOV]

Temperatures just above average; rainfall below average (though November above average). Excellent flowering period with high percentage set.

 

FLORAISON INTERVAL [DEC – JAN]

Temperatures well above average, our warmest floraison interval; rainfall below average.

 

VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]

Temperatures average though this disguises our 2nd coolest February and warmest March (though minimums were below average throughout); rainfall below average. Right on harvest, the 10 days from 9-18 March saw 7 days above 30° with five of those above 35°. Excellent lead up to harvest although the 5 days above 35° caused concern, nevertheless flavours tracked well and fruit condition proved excellent.

Budburst and flowering about average, veraison 2 weeks early and harvest our 3rd earliest Pinot Noir on record, 12 days earlier than average. Hang time 13 days shorter than average, the 3rd shortest in our 14 year record.

Wines are regarded as very good. Langton’s rate it 8/Halliday 8.

TASTING NOTES | 10X Wines
2008 10X Sauvignon Blanc
2008 10X Pinot Noir
2008 10X Pinot Gris
2008 Tempranillo
2008 10X Chardonnay
TASTING NOTES | Single Vineyard Wines
2008 McCutcheon Chardonnay
2008 Judd Pinot Noir
2008 Wallis Chardonnay
2008 Wallis Pinot Noir
2008 McCutcheon Pinot Noir
JOURNALS
Newsletter 8 – June 2008
Newsletter 9 – November 2008
Main Ridge Pinot Noir dates

Budburst – 8 Sep [avg 7 Sep]

Flowering – 24 Nov [avg 21 Nov]

Veraison – 31 Jan [avg 3 Feb]

Harvest – 16 Mar [avg 31 Mar]

Budburst-harvest – 190 days [avg 207 days]

DORMANT INTERVAL [MAY – AUG]

Temperatures below average, particularly minimums – the coolest dormant interval minimums in our records; rainfall well below average, the driest dormant interval in our records. Despite this budburst only 1 day later than average. Budburst steady with slow spring growth.

 

BUDBURST INTERVAL [SEP – NOV]

Maximum temperatures above average but minimums well below average; rainfall well below average, 2nd driest budburst interval. Cool conditions led to long flowering period.

 

FLORAISON INTERVAL [DEC – JAN]

Temperatures above average; rainfall well below average. Fruit set low with yields well below average.

 

VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]

Temperatures above average, our 3rd warmest veraison interval; rainfall well below average, our driest veraison interval (although rain event on 28 February saw 22mm). Harvest conditions excellent .

Our driest year (total 445mm v 673mm avg) and growing season (total 225mm v 353mm avg); annual maximum temperatures were above average but minimum temperatures were well below average during the budburst interval (frosts “down the hill” in October) affecting flowering and fruit set and therefore yield (2007 PN 2.3 t/ha).

Budburst and flowering about average, veraison a week early and harvest our 2nd earliest on record (for Pinot Noir), 15 days earlier than average. Hang time 17 days shorter than average (170 days v 207), the shortest in our records.

Wines are regarded as excellent. Langton’s rate it 8/Halliday 9.

TASTING NOTES | 10X Wines
2007 10X Sauvignon Blanc
2007 10X Pinot Noir
2007 10X Pinot Gris
2007 Tempranillo
2007 10X Chardonnay
TASTING NOTES | Single Vineyard Wines
2007 McCutcheon Chardonnay
2007 Judd Pinot Noir
2007 Wallis Chardonnay
2007 Wallis Pinot Noir
2007 McCutcheon Pinot Noir
JOURNALS
Newsletter 6 – June 2007
Newsletter 7 – December 2007
Main Ridge Pinot Noir dates

Budburst – 1 Sep [avg 7 Sep]

Flowering – 17 Nov [avg 21 Nov]

Veraison – 22 Jan [avg 3 Feb]

Harvest – 26 Mar [avg 31 Mar]

Budburst-harvest – 207 days [avg 207 days]

DORMANT INTERVAL [MAY – AUG]

Temperatures above average, our warmest dormant interval; rainfall average. Early budburst.

 

BUDBURST INTERVAL [SEP – NOV]

Temperatures above average, our 3rd warmest budburst interval; rainfall above average, most in September. Excellent flowering conditions.

 

FLORAISON INTERVAL [DEC – JAN]

Temperatures well above average, our 3rd warmest floraison interval; rainfall above average, our second wettest floraison interval. Good fruit set, average to above average yields.

 

VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]

Temperatures below average, particularly February and April, our 2nd coolest veraison interval; rainfall just below average. Despite the cool February, March was warmer than average and dry and harvest was early with excellent vintage conditions, great fruit quality.

Budburst second earliest (with 2005, a week earlier than average), flowering early and veraison 2nd earliest in our records (2 weeks earlier than average), harvest 5 days earlier than average. Hang time average.

Wines are regarded as excellent. Langton’s rate it 9/Halliday 9.

TASTING NOTES | 10X Wines
2006 10X Sauvignon Blanc
2006 10X Chardonnay
2006 Tempranillo
2006 10X Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc
2006 10X Rosé
2006 10X Pinot Gris
2006 10X Pinot Noir
TASTING NOTES | Estate/Reserve Wines
2006 Ten Minutes By Tractor Pinot Noir
TASTING NOTES | Single Vineyard Wines
2006 McCutcheon Chardonnay
2006 Wallis Whole Bunch Pinot Noir
2006 Wallis Chardonnay
2006 McCutcheon Pinot Noir
JOURNALS
Newsletter 5 – June 2006
Main Ridge Pinot Noir dates

Budburst – 1 Sep

Flowering – 26 Nov

Veraison – 10 Feb

Harvest – 13 Apr

Budburst-harvest – 225 days

DORMANT INTERVAL [MAY – AUG]

Temperatures below average, our coolest dormant interval; rainfall 34% above average, our wettest dormant interval, though most in June (147mm v 66mm avg). Despite this, budburst almost a week earlier than average.

 

BUDBURST INTERVAL [SEP – NOV]

Temperatures slightly below average; rainfall 56% above average, both September and November had almost double their average (both the highest for those months in our records), our wettest budburst interval. Slow growth, with inflorescence development lagging.

 

FLORAISON INTERVAL [DEC – JAN]

Temperatures slightly below average; rainfall average. Cool weather conditions resulted in lower than average fruit set, smaller bunches with small berries.

 

VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]

Temperatures average, below average February and March but well above average April; rainfall 26% above average but distorted by a very wet early February, our wettest in 11 years (131mm v 35mm avg; 3 February 2005 was our 2nd wettest day after the infamous 23 April 2001, 89mm in 24 hours). Grape maturities accelerated late into an extended ripening period with intense flavour development.

Budburst second earliest (with 2006, a week earlier than average), flowering and veraison just later than average, harvest 11 days later than average. Hang time 17 days longer than average, 2nd longest.

Wines are regarded as excellent. Langton’s rate it 9/Halliday 9.

TASTING NOTES | 10X Wines
2005 10X Sauvignon Blanc
2005 10X Pinot Noir
2005 10X Pinot Gris
2005 Tempranillo
2005 10X Chardonnay
TASTING NOTES | Estate/Reserve Wines
2005 Ten Minutes By Tractor Chardonnay
2005 Ten Minutes By Tractor Pinot Noir
TASTING NOTES | Single Vineyard Wines
2005 McCutcheon Pinot Noir
Journals/Newsletters
Newsletter 2 – March 2005
Newsletter 3 – June 2005
Newsletter 4 – December 2005
Main Ridge Pinot Noir dates

Budburst – 14 Sep

Flowering – 3 Dec

Veraison – 14 Feb

Harvest – 12 Apr

Budburst-harvest – 211 days

DORMANT INTERVAL [MAY – AUG]

Temperatures average; rainfall just above average. Even budburst.

 

BUDBURST INTERVAL [SEP – NOV]

Temperatures below average, particularly September and October, our coolest budburst interval; rainfall average. Our latest flowering (the only time flowering has occured in December).

 

FLORAISON INTERVAL [DEC – JAN]

Temperatures just below average but distorted by an above average December, one of our hottest, and below average January, our coolest; rainfall very low, 26% below average. Good fruit set.

 

VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]

Temperatures well below average, our coolest veraison interval; rainfall just below average. Cool but dry led to late ripening but low disease pressure. Great flavour development with generous flavours throughout, excellent vintage.

Budburst 2nd latest after 2011, latest flowering (almost 2 weeks later than average), veraison a week later than average, harvest very late, 10 days later than average. Hang time 3 days longer than average.

Wines are regarded as excellent. Langton’s rate it 9/Halliday 10.

TASTING NOTES | 10X Wines
2004 10X Sauvignon Blanc
2004 10X Rosé
2004 10X Pinot Gris
2004 10X Pinot Noir
2004 10X Chardonnay
2004 Tempranillo
TASTING NOTES | Estate/Reserve Wines
2004 Ten Minutes By Tractor Pinot Noir
TASTING NOTES | Single Vineyard Wines
2004 McCutcheon Chardonnay
2004 Wallis Chardonnay
Journals/Newsletters
Newsletter 1 – December 2004
Main Ridge Pinot Noir dates

Budburst – 10 Sep

Flowering – 29 Nov

Veraison – 10 Feb

Harvest – 14 Apr

Budburst-harvest – 216 days

DORMANT INTERVAL [MAY – AUG]

Temperatures average; rainfall 14% below average. Slow start to budburst but shoots developed well.

 

BUDBURST INTERVAL [SEP – NOV]

Temperatures just below average; rainfall 25% below average. Cold front at flowering.

 

FLORAISON INTERVAL [DEC – JAN]

Temperatures average; rainfall very low, 46% below average, our driest floraison interval. Below average fruit set because of poor flowering, many small bunches.

 

VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]

Temperatures slightly below average; rainfall average but a wet March, 78% above average. Harvest conditions cool, but fruit quality well worth the effort.

Budburst a little later than average as was flowering and veraison, harvest almost 2 weeks later than average (our equal second latest PN harvest with 2001). Hang time 8 days longer than average.

Wines are regarded as excellent. Langton’s rate it 8/Halliday 9.

TASTING NOTES | 10X Wines
2003 10X Sauvignon Blanc
2003 10X Pinot Noir
2003 10X Pinot Gris
2003 10X Tempranillo
2003 10X Chardonnay
TASTING NOTES | Estate/Reserve Wines
2003 Reserve Chardonnay
2003 Reserve Pinot Noir
TASTING NOTES | Single Vineyard Wines
2003 Wallis Pinot Noir
Main Ridge Pinot Noir dates

Budburst – 10 Sep

Flowering – 29 Nov

Veraison – 10 Feb

Harvest – 14 Apr

Budburst-harvest – 216 days

DORMANT INTERVAL [MAY – AUG]

Temperatures average; rainfall just below average. Good budburst with excellent growth.

 

BUDBURST INTERVAL [SEP – NOV]

Temperatures close to average; rainfall 23% below average. Incredibly poor flowering. some blocks set no fruit at all, average yields 1/3 of desired range (if harvested)

 

FLORAISON INTERVAL [DEC – JAN]

Temperatures below average, easily our coolest December and, overall, our coolest floraison interval; rainfall 13% above average. Very poor fruit set, coulure (berries do not set and shatter after flowering), a lot of hen & chicken.

 

VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]

Temperatures just below average; rainfall 31% below average. Very good conditions for harvest, intense flavour development from very low yielding vines.

Average budburst, slightly late flowering but very late veraison (2 weeks later than average), however harvest was a week earlier than average. Short hang time, 5 days shorter than average.

Wines were good but yields negligible (2002 PN 0.5 t/ha). Langton’s rate it 6/Halliday 8.

TASTING NOTES | 10X Wines
2002 10X Sauvignon Blanc
2002 10X Chardonnay
2002 10X Pinot Noir
TASTING NOTES | Estate/Reserve Wines
2002 Reserve Chardonnay
2002 Reserve Pinot Noir
Main Ridge Pinot Noir…

Budburst – 29 Aug

Flowering – 21 Nov

Veraison – 6 Feb

Harvest – 14 Apr

Budburst-harvest – 229 days

DORMANT INTERVAL [MAY – AUG]

Temperatures slightly below average; rainfall just above average. Budburst early with excellent growth.

 

BUDBURST INTERVAL [SEP – NOV]

Temperatures average though warmest minimum; rainfall 15% above average. Excellent flowering.

 

FLORAISON INTERVAL [DEC – JAN]

Temperatures above average and including our warmest ever January (26.8°C v 24.5°C); rainfall 37% below average, one of our driest floraison intervals. Fruit set excellent, good yield, good growth, and low disease preassure.

 

VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]

Temperatures just above average mainly due to a hot February, March and April were just below average; after a dry February, rainfall well above average in March and, particularly, in April – 23 April 2001 experienced a “rainfall event”, 104mm in 24 hours (record daily rainfall); 29mm fell the day before, 30mm the day after. Harvest conditions mostly good throughout, although some late botrytis which spun out of control on crops left after 23 April.

Early budburst, flowering and veraison were almost exactly average but harvest was almost 2 weeks later than average. Longest hang time, 21 days longer than average.

Anything harvested before 22 April was fine, anything after was subject to huge disease pressure and lack of ripening. This was the vintage we produced a “sticky” from botrytis affected Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Langton’s rate it 8.

TASTING NOTES | SINGLE VINEYARD
2001 Judd Chardonnay

“Pale green gold in colour. An intense nectarine, spice, mineral and flint nose is followed by a rich, mouth filling palate with characters of citrus, white peach and nectarine with spicy well integrated oak. Finishes long and clean.”

TASTING NOTES | 10X
2001 10X Sauvignon Blanc

Light straw-green; a spotlessly clean, crisp bouquet falls predominantly in the grass/herb/mineral spectrum, but does have some riper nuances; the palate is correspondingly clean, firm and bright, lemony acidity providing an attractive spine.

89 :: James Halliday :: 2003 Australian Wine Companion

2001 Sparkling Allis

This sparkling wine was made in 2001 from a 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Disgorged in December 2007, it spent almost 7 years on its lees.

94 | James Halliday

2003 Australian Wine Companion

2001 Sweet Allis

Named after the Judd Vineyard’s 1946 Vintage Allis Chalmers tractor, this unique dessert wine is made from botrylis affected Chardonnay (75%) and Sauvignon Blanc (25%)

TASTING NOTES | Estate/Reserve Wines
2001 Reserve Pinot Noir
TASTING NOTES | 10X Wines
2001 10X Pinot Noir
2001 10X Chardonnay
Main Ridge Pinot Noir

Budburst – 29 Aug

Flowering – 21 Nov

Veraison – 8 Feb

Harvest – 31 Mar

Budburst-harvest – 216 days

DORMANT INTERVAL [MAY – AUG]

Temperatures slightly above average; rainfall about 13% below average. Budburst excellent, good shoot development.

 

BUDBURST INTERVAL [SEP – NOV]

Temperatures very close to average; rainfall about 12% below average. Moderate flowering conditions, good growth, healthy canopies.

 

FLORAISON INTERVAL [DEC – JAN]

Temperatures close to average; rainfall well above average (24%) largely due to a wet January (82mm v 38mm avg). Fruit set average, moderate disease pressure.

 

VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]

Temperatures well above average, our warmest Veraison Interval; rainfall 18% below average, March, leading up to harvest on 31st, was one of the driest in our records with about 50% of average rainfall (19mm v 38mm avg). Great ripening period with excellent flavours, low disease pressure.

Early budburst, but flowering, veraison and harvest were all almost exactly average resulting in a slightly longer than average hang time.

Wine quality was generally regarded as excellent; Langton’s rate it 9.

TASTING NOTES | SINGLE VINEYARD
2000 MCCUTCHEON CHARDONNAY

Fractionally deeper colour, headed more to yellowstraw; a quite powerful bouquet with a mix of nutty fig and more minerally aromas, then a palate which belies the colour, as it has less full-frontal fruit development, yet retains fruit sweetness.

88 | James Halliday

2003 Australian Wine Companion

2000 JUDD CHARDONNAY

Medium to full yellow; the bouquet has a mix of cashew, yellow peach, fig and subtle oak, the palate the best balanced of the three individual wines, with sweet peachy fruit, good acidity and good length.

91 | James Halliday

2003 Australian Wine Companion

2000 WALLIS CHARDONNAY

Medium to full yellow; the bouquet is rich and smooth, with hints of nut, smoke and fig; a big, solidly ripe palate with nutty melon flavours tightened up by acidity on the finish.

88 | James Halliday

2003 Australian Wine Companion

2000 MCCUTCHEON PINOT NOIR

Light to medium red-purple; the bouquet has plum, cherry and some savoury notes, the palate with clearly expressed plum and cherry    fruit; less complex than the Judd Vineyard but with good structure. Subtle oak.

92 :: James Halliday

2003 Australian Wine Companion

2000 JUDD PINOT NOIR

Medium red-purple; sweet, complex strawberry and spice aromas lead into a stylish, light to medium bodied palate, with surprising intensity and length, a touch of dark cherry adding to the complexity of fruit flavours.

94 :: James Halliday

2003 Australian Wine Companion

2000 WALLIS PINOT GRIS

Rich, musky, full on, exotic styles as exemplified by the Ten Minutes by Tractor Wallis Vineyard Pinot Gris 2000. It’d be the wine the judges would want to take away with them to drink. Especially with a Thai green curry.

Tim White

Australian Financial Review

2000 WALLIS PINOT NOIR

Light to medium purple-red, bright and clear; the bouquet is clean, the most concentrated of the three individual vineyard pinot noirs, not particularly aromatic. Te palate is firm and long, sustained by good tannins; the least immediately attractive of the three wines, but may well develop better than the others.

Gold medal Concours du Vin Victoria 2000.

91 | James Halliday

2003 Australian Wine Companion

TASTING NOTES | 10X
2000 10X CHARDONNAY

Medium to full yellow-green, quite developed; complex fig, cashew and ripe peach aromas are followed by a full-bodied palate, again with fig, white peach and melon fruit; good balance and length.

92 | James Halliday

2003 Australian Wine Companion

2000 10X PINOT NOIR

Light red-purple; light, spicy/sappy/plummy aromas became increasingly fragrant and complex as the wine sat in the glass; the palate, while light bodied, has great
texture and length, with a mix of sappy/savoury characters alongside strawberry, cherry and plum. Fully deserved its gold medal at the 2001 Victorian Wines Show; also demonstrates the danger of judging pinot noir by its colour.

94 | James Halliday

2003 Australian Wine Companion

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