From shining star Mornington Peninsula winery Ten Minutes By Tractor comes the Estate Up the Hill Pinot Noir. With fruit from four of the wineries impressive vineyard holdings (Wallis, McCutcheon, Spedding and Judd), it is a fresh cool climate Pinot.
Made with a blend of whole bunch and whole berry fruit, grapes are harvested by hand and wild fermented. It is matured in a quarter new French oak. Soft and savoury, with impressive length, this is an elegant Mornington Pinot.
"Lighter colour than most of its siblings. The converse of the Down the Hill Pinot, not necessarily what I expected. Very pretty strawberry red fruits, the fragrance of the bouquet and mouthfeel and length impeccable."
95 points, Wine Companion (February 2019)
"Medium red colour with a brick-red rim; smoky aromas take centre-stage. It's attractive but lacks some of the nuances of this maker's single-vineyard wines. Meaty charcuterie. Soft and savoury flavours, ample and nicely balanced. Long, too. Very good at the price."
92 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
"A slightly reduced nose here, so some air is required to release the red cherries and bracken from the shroud of asphalt and tarry aromas. The palate has a very sleek and fresh feel with a wealth of bright, elegant red cherries."
91 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2019)
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.