I aim to be gentle on your inbox by not posting too many reviews, although it does seem that readership spikes when I do. There’s a balance there somewhere. In this case, my caution has meant that this very tasty rosé from Ten Minutes by Tractor has already sold out at the cellar door, although happily it does still appear to be available elsewhere.
With typical detail for this hyper diligent producer, we learn that the grapes for this rosé are 100% pinot noir (clone 115), sourced from their Coolart Road vineyard behind Hastings, picked on 22 February 2013, cropped low at 17.4 hectolitres per hectare, fully destemmed, underwent 100% wild yeast fermentation, didn’t undergo malolactic fermentation and saw 3 months in old French oak. A veritable wine course of information that I can’t help admiring.
|Source: tenminutesbytractor.com.au; The Coolart Road vineyard is the most northerly on the right hand side of the map towards Western Port Bay.|
Wine education complete, in the glass, this is one of those appealing rosés that disappears quickly. Somewhere between salmon and pink in colour, it has aromatics of rose petal, spice and well, pinot noir. The palate is clean, crisp – but not too crisp – and its characters remind of red berries, with some complexity evident. I scribbled down somewhat inelegantly “drink this instead of the rosé you normally drink”.