This is a flagship, single vineyard Chardonnay (P58 clone) from an estate vineyard planted in 1994 on the southern side of Main Ridge, facing due west, and managed by Ten Minutes by Tractor’s own viticultural and winemaking team. The wine is produced from the highest performing blocks of the vineyard from small, carefully-selected parcels to ensure the clearest possible expression of terroir.
Hand-harvested grapes are whole-bunch pressed and the unsettled juice transferred to medium-toast, fine-grained French oak barriques (15-20% new) for fermentation by indigenous yeasts followed by partial (about 80%) malolactic fermentation. The wine is matured in the same barrels for 11 months with regular lees stirring, before being bottled filtered but unfined. The Judd Chardonnay is noted for its peach, fig and cashew characters and a energetic combination of power and elegance
A reserved, restrained bouquet, with a hint of seaspray and subtle toasted nut nuances. The palate is soft and rounded, generous and ample within the maker's style, but refined and delicate, restrained and taut by any other yardstick. It has superior intensity, good length and lovely refinement. Generous nougat and lemon flavours fill the mouth. A lovely wine.
96 points, The Real Review (July 2018)
It's elegant and pure and the finish goes on for just about ever. Or so it seems. This does everything it can not to smack you between the eyes but it still leaves you dazed by the finish. Grapefruit, figs, flint, cashews and cream. Wonderful wine, with a future.
96 points, Wine Companion (January 2018)
Mint vanilla cream, stonefruit, slight smokiness, sweet spicy oak. Juicy and full of flavour, biscuits, lime and peach, firm cut of acidity through the glossy feel, toasty and savoury to close, laden with spice and satisfying length.
93 points, The Wine Front (August 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.