This is a flagship, single vineyard Pinot Noir (clones: 65% MV6, 18% 115 and 17% 777) from an estate vineyard at a lower altitude in the Moorooduc/Tuerong region. It is markedly different from the other single vineyard Pinot Noirs, more brooding, typically exhibiting darker, savoury, meaty, plum fruit with an earthy edge. The vineyard is managed by Ten Minutes by Tractor’s viticultural and winemaking team and the wine is made using carefully selected parcels of the highest quality to ensure the clearest possible expression of terroir.
The grapes are hand-picked, 100% destemmed and macerated for 3-7 days before indigenous yeast fermentation with regular hand-plunging. A short post-ferment maceration takes the total time on skins to between 15 and 25 days. After pressing and settling, the wine is transferred to medium-toast, tight-grained French oak barriques (about 20% new) for 12 months maturation and 100% natural malolactic fermentation, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Coolart Road is the earliest picked of the Ten Minutes by Tractor vineyards and typically produces a more fleshy wine.
Medium red/purple colour. The bouquet has attractive dark cherry scents as well as savoury and gently spicy nuances. In the mouth, it has abundant soft, fine tannins together with spice and smoky oak notes, the finish long and satisfying. A super pinot.
95 points, The Real Review (May 2018)
It's the beefiest of the 10X individual releases but it still presents in silken style. A cake-and-eat-it wine. Black cherries, rhubarb, fresh acidity, smoky oak and assorted dry spices. It has both might and complexity on its side. Spot on.
95 points, Wine Companion (January 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.