Ten Minutes by Tractor, 10X Pinot Noir

Ten Minutes By Tractor

2017
Regarded as one of Australia’s finest wineries located in the coolest and highest part of the Mornington peninsula. Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Pinot Noir is a complex red with earthy notes, soft savoury fruit, fine tannins and a long finish. A fine example of the best Pinot Noir that Australia has to offer. Ten Minutes by Tractor is truly a pioneer in fine wine making and a beacon to those striving for quality. Originally set up in 2000, the winery is today run by Martin Spedding who has overseen the rise of the winery to almost cult status. The ‘home’ vineyards (McCutcheon, Wallis and Judd) are the three original vineyards which formed, literally and figuratively, Ten Minutes By Tractor. They are all in Main Ridge, the coolest and highest parts of the Mornington Peninsula. Despite their close proximity and similar vinification methods, the single vineyard wines are distinctly different from one another. This is a result of their different elevations, orientations and soils. These wines can challenge Burgundy in quality and elegance and range from fine and elegant to richer and more opulent. They are all a true expression of the unique ‘terroir’. These much sought after single vineyard wines are only produced in outstanding years. The other two vineyards (Spedding and Coolart Road) are located further to the north and are blended with the ‘home’ vineyards to produce Martin’s beloved 10X range. These wines are elegant but also Australian in style with ripe fruit and beautifully balanced with well integrated oak.
Variety
Pinot Noir
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Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula is one of Victoria's most important wine regions, located an hour's drive south of Melbourne on the southern coast of Australia. It is one of Australia's coolest winegrowing regions and elegant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines are the main output.

The region covers the land that sits between Port Phillip Bay and the Bass Strait, creating a peninsula on the southern edge of Victoria. Although there were attempts at serious winegrowing here in the late 19th century, Mornington Peninsula is comparatively new to wine, with commercial viticulture only starting to take shape in the 1970s when a handful of independent producers realized the region's potential. Their success inspired others to follow, sparking a rapid growth in the local wine industry, and Mornington Peninsula received its GI (Geographical Indication) status in 1997.

Mornington Peninsula's reputation is based on the high quality of the wine it produces from cool climate varieties – especially Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Other aromatic varieties such as Riesling, Pinot Gris and Viognier are also grown here

Australia

Australia is an extremely important wine producing country, both in terms of quality and the scale of its wine economy. Wine Australia's 2018 annual report describes it as the sixth largest wine producer in the world. The more well-known wine regions in Australia are located in the states of South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia. The wine regions in each of these states produce different types and styles of wines that take advantage of the particular area’s terroir.

Its vast size and huge range of climatic and geographical conditions, makes it one of the most versatile wine-growing countries in the world. Overall, the climate is affected by its southerly latitude, but regional features such as altitude and proximity to the oceans also play a significant role.

This variety of growing conditions results in a broad portfolio of wine styles. By way of illustration, blockbuster Shiraz is produced in the Barossa Valley in South Australia. The neighboring Eden Valley, at higher altitudes, is the home of many of Australia's best Rieslings. The Clare Valley portfolio also ranges from gutsy reds to elegant Riesling and Chardonnay.

Coastal influenced areas using cooler climate grapes include Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. Further north, the moderating influence of the sea on the Fleurieu Peninsula produces a Mediterranean climate. The portfolio of grape varieties reflects this. 240 kilometers (150 miles) south of the mainland, Tasmania is best known for graceful Pinot Noir and sparkling wines.