Ten Minutes by Tractor was founded in 1997 when three family-owned vineyards in Main Ridge, the highest and coolest sub-region of the Mornington Peninsula, joined forces. The distance between one vineyard and another was, someone said, ‘about 10 minutes by tractor’, and the name stuck. More vineyards have been added since, and the Estate Chardonnay is a multi-site blend of roughly 70% P58 clone and 30% 10V1 clone.
The grapes are hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and the unsettled juice transferred to medium-toast, tight-grained French oak barriques (about 20% new), for fermentation by indigenous yeasts. The wine then matures, with regular lees-stirring, in the same barrels for 11 months before bottling, filtered but unfined, going through partial malolactic fermentation (about 80%) so as to retain fine acid structure. The Estate Chardonnay is noted for trademark aromas and flavours of peach and nectarine.
Open the bottle and the clouds part and the sun comes out. It's more complex than that but the fruit flavours here are like winter sun on cold stone. Nectarine and white peach come with steely inflections; with spice notes, like cardamom and fennel. It's a beguiling show. Time should be kind too.
93 points, Wine Companion (January 2018)
Light to mid-yellow colour, bright, with a fresh, inviting aroma of honey and lemon juice. It's fine, taut and restrained in the mouth: delicate, but also accessible and attractive. The flavour is fine, balanced and has some length.
91 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.