Ten Minutes by Tractor was founded in 1997 when three family-owned vineyards in Main Ridge, the highest and coolest sub-region of the Mornington Peninsula, joined forces. The distance between one vineyard and another was, someone said, ‘about 10 minutes by tractor’, and the name stuck. More vineyards have been added since, and the Estate Pinot Noir is a multi-site blend of roughly 50% MV6 clone, 20% 777 clone plus smaller proportions of 115, G5V15, 667 and 115.
The grapes are hand-picked, 85% destemmed and macerated for 3-7 days before indigenous yeast fermentation with regular hand-plunging. A short post-ferment maceration takes the total time on skins to between 15 and 25 days. After pressing and settling, the wine is transferred to medium-toast, tight-grained French oak barriques (about 20% new) for 12 months maturation and 100% natural malolactic fermentation, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. The Estate Pinot Noir is noted for its bright
A slightly stricter release than previous and in this case, a positive step. The seamless integration of strawberry-plum fruit with creamy oak; the way acidity exposes autumn leaf characters to the sun; the way tartness makes fruit sweetness seem sophisticated. It's a wine in excellent form.
94 points, Wine Companion (February 2018)
You can go this now, you can go this later. It’s pretty and slippery-smooth but the line of acidity, overall balance and strictness of the tannin makes you think that it will mature well, at least into the medium term. Undergrowth, sweet spices, noticeable smoky/cedary/creamy oak and a flush go sweet cherry-like flavour. Perhaps some chicory notes too. It’s eager-to-please but it doesn’t lack either presence or length.
93 points, The Wine Front (February 2018)
Light to medium red/purple colour. The bouquet is chaffy, toasty and sweetly-fruited with scented cherry and raspberry aromas, the palate light to medium-bodied and finely-structured with sweet cherry flavours balanced by drying tannins. An attractive wine and worth cellaring short-term.
90 points, The Real Review (May 2018)
The Mornington Peninsula is located approximately one hour south of Melbourne. A cool maritime climate,the region is virtually frost free, but is susceptible to high winds. Rainfall is moderate, throughout winter and the growing season. Most of the vineyards are located between just above sea level and 200 metres. Soils range from weathered volcanic soils to sandy loams and friable well-drained clays. Mornington Peninsula is best known for making elegant cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and sublime Pinot Noir.