This is a flagship, single vineyard Chardonnay (P58 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.
Hand-harvested grapes are whole-bunch pressed and the unsettled juice transferred to medium-toast, fine-grained French oak barriques (25% new) for fermentation by indigenous yeasts followed by 100% malolactic fermentation. The wine is matured in the same barrels for 11 months with regular lees stirring, before being bottled filtered but unfined. The Wallis Chardonnay is noted for its energy, creamy texture and a flinty, saline character
Stunning chardonnay. Fireworks in a glass. Sunny peaches and cream, blasts of wood smoke, crackles of mineral and bangs of spice. Flint notes too. It's simultaneously obvious and sophisticated. It's big on flavour but long through the finish, and for good measure the texture has a satiny quality. A 'wow' wine.
97 points, Wine Companion (January 2018)
Smoky, toasty, savoury and bready/bakery aroma notes. The palate is soft and fruit-sweet, round and open-knit, with a lemon-juicy quality which is quite lovely. A slightly looser-knit wine than the other chardonnays from this maker. (TMBT's lowest altitude Main Ridge block).
93 points, The Real Review (July 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.