Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Ten Minutes by Tractor Estate Chardonnay 2016
From an interesting year. A cold winter led to the highest average maximum temperature on record, earliest flowering and harvest dates on record. A dry and warm vintage with good yields. Things turned out well in the end.
The first time the Estate has come from four vineyards with Kentucky making an appearance (30%). Wallis, McCutcheon and Judd (34/19/17) the old hands.
Hand harvested, whole bunched pressed and wild yeast fermented in a mixture of old and new Frenach oak barrels for 11 months.
Call this an 'entry level wine' at your peril. What a peach! White-fleshed stone fruit, buttercream, and soft waves of vanilla. A squeeze of lemon juice adds further appeal. There's a depth to this wine which has a cuddle factor about it. Faint raw cashew fades into the background. Tight, grapefruit acidity cracks at the death.
Charming, classy, a delightful wine.
Drink now to eight years.
Region: Mornington Peninsula
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