This is a flagship, single vineyard Pinot Noir (MV6 clone) from an estate vineyard planted in 1992 on the southern, lowest, side of Main Ridge, facing north and north-east, 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.
The Wallis is a Pinot in the classical Mornington style. Grapes are hand-picked and wild fermented, with 15% whole bunch retained. The wine is matured in a mixture of new and old French oak, with 100% malolactic fermentation. Minimal filtration occurs before bottling.
A joyous crimson hue, this is a medium-bodied red that is alluring, enchanting, and elegant. It is a tribute to the virtues of Mornington Pinot.
"Hand-picked, wild-fermented, 7 days on skins, matured for 11 months in new and old French barriques. Light, bright crimson; An exercise in finesse and restraint, partly due to the cool vintage, but duly recognised for its special qualities of pomegranate and cherry."
97 points, Wine Companion (February 2019)
"Medium to full red to brick-red, the bouquet foresty and savoury with evidence of stems and whole-bunch ferment. A hint of stemmy greenness. It's quite full on the palate with richness and grip - emphasised by the stalkiness. Ample body and flavour; a very good pinot."
93 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
"Some attractive, sappy pinot-fruit aromas here with red cherries, forest wood and plenty of toasty oak. The palate has a ripe, open and slightly earthy feel, soft tannins and nice build."
93 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2019)
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.