This is a flagship, single vineyard Chardonnay (P58 clone) from an estate vineyard planted in 1993 on the southern slopes of Main Ridge, facing east to 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.
Hand-harvested grapes are whole-bunch pressed and the unsettled juice transferred to medium-toast, fine-grained French oak barriques (20% new) for fermentation by indigenous yeasts followed by 100% malolactic fermentation. The wine is matured in the same barrels for 9-10 months with regular lees stirring, before being bottled filtered but unfined. The McCutcheon Chardonnay is typically a robust wine of weight and coiled power
Smoky, toasted nut aromas, almonds and cashews, the palate intense and refined, taut and reserved, but also pleasingly accessible and very long. There is delicious mid-palate richness, but finesse and persistence are its long suits. (TMBT's highest altitude Main Ridge block).
94 points, The Real Review (July 2018)
Straw-yellow colour. Quite rich, quite flavoursome, but with plenty of thrust. It doesn't muck about. Lime, nuts, peaches and nectarine, layers of cedar wood and oak-spice. Very good wine if not an outstanding one.
94 points, Wine Companion (January 2018)
Come hither bouquet of peach, apple, flint, faint cashew – super lovely to sniff on. Cool, supple palate with concentrated peachy flavours, layer of savoury nuttiness, fresh acidity in the core. The wine rolls with an authority and depth, quietly powerful, touting a sense of ‘elegance’ as it glides. Serious stuff.
94 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.