Thursday, 14 June 2018

Ten Minutes By Tractor Wallis Tasmania Pinot Noir 2016

The privilege of looking at some amazing wines from amazing producers and sites is never lost on me. In this tasting pack from Ten Minutes by Tractor came this little surprise - the first release of the new Wallis Tasmania label. It slips straight in with the classy Single Vineyard wines this producer is renowned for.

The fruit was picked and transported back to the Mornington Peninsula winery by refrigerated truck. 100% destemmed, 100% wild fermentation, 22 days on skins, 50% second use oak. The vineyard was planted in the 1960s on a Tamar River site formally one of the largest apple and pear orchards in the southern hemisphere established in the 1900s. The vineyard is only 0.3ha and sits only 6-12 metres above sea level.

A few swirls of the glass reveals a bounty of stunning aromatics. Quite different to its Mornington siblings. More red fruited with lots of twiggy and earthen characters, it offers a soft caress through the mouth. A touch of smoke plus a shimmer of delicate spices amble through at a consistent pace clutching on for a long and moreish finish. A wine which gives the impression that it wants to express itself, yet at the same time it feels comfortable in the skin its in. Bravo for a stylish debut.

Drink now to ten years.


Region: Tamar Valley
RRP: $78
Source: Sample

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