Wine Review: Ten Minutes By Tractor

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TEN MINUTES BY TRACTOR

Estate Pinot Noir 2012
Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
RRP $46

Ten Minutes by Tractor have been around a good number of years now and by golly do they keep on performing. Based on an immaculate property on the Mornington Peninsula, it is little wonder how they are able to produce such lovely wines within such an idyllic landscape.

The key vineyards for this Estate Pinot Noir include the Judd, McCutcheon and Wallis vineyards, which were planted in the early 1990s in Main Ridge.

Delve gently into your glass to find a Pinot Noir full of wild strawberry and cranberry aromas backed by a lick of vanilla and pebbles. It’s classically beautiful from the get go. The palate shows great balance, length and poise with almost a hint of sweet roasted vegetables flavour in the background.

I don’t often drink Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir, only because there are so many other wines I need to look at. I should probably change my tact, as this example shows how delicious they can be. On the finish, the tannins are on the very delicate side with not a hint of abrasiveness at all, meaning you will find it is well-suited to drinking on its own or with lighter flavoured and textured cuisines.

Stockists: The Wine House, Southbank or King & Godfree, Carlton

La Donna Del Vino

La Donna del Vino is the pseudonym of this lady from Melbourne with a nose attuned to all things vinous. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, cooking, drinking good vino and is a self-confessed Neb Head (someone who really digs Nebbiolo).