Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsular
- Pinot Noir
- Lashings of ripe vegetation, Morello cherry, rhubarb and spice.
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- Ten Minutes By Tractor
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- The fruit was hand harvested through early-mid April and, on arrival at the winery, 100%
destemmed. A 4-6 day pre-ferment maceration preceded a 100% wild yeast fermentation
with manual plunging throughout, followed by a short post-ferment maceration (a total
of 17-22 days on skins). Following pressing and a short settling period the wine was
transferred to both new (16%) and old French oak barriques. Undergoing a natural 100%
MLF with the onset of warmer temperatures in spring, the wine was then bottled lightly
fined and filtered following a total of 10 months of oak maturation.
The nose is wild, with lashings of ripe vegetation, Morello cherry, rhubarb and spice. Theres also some supportive nougat oak which gains in prominence as the wine airs, adding a slightly cuddly dimension to the otherwise outré flavour profile. The palate combines good power and drive with a nimbleness of structure that is quite charming. Cherry fruit is slightly more prominent here, welling up through the middle palate to give an impression of generosity that is cleverly subverted by a line of acid that whisks things along at a fair clip. This is a light to medium bodied wine, favouring elegance and a distinctive flavour profile over easier charms. The after palate is especially intriguing, a nice lift of blackberry jam and snapped twig leading to a soft, almost powdery finish.
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- Food match:
Gorgeous with smoked meat - duck breast or pork work well, or even blackened salmon.
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