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
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.