Ten Minutes by Tractor Wallis Chardonnay 2012

This is another very good release by Ten Minutes by Tractor.  From P58 chardonnay vines planted in 1992 (20 years old at vintage), the vineyard here is situated on a gentle north easterly slope at 142 metres of altitude in the Main Ridge (unofficial) sub region of the Mornington Peninsula.  In terms of style, the wine itself is fermented in 22% new oak barriques, has a natural malolactic ferment and is matured for 10 months in new French oak (also 22%).  Here’s a picture showing where the Wallis vineyard sits: relatively southerly for the region.

Source: http://www.tenminutesbytractor.com.au

Pedigree established, how is the wine?  Happily, it performs strongly.  A lemon/gold colour , it has aromatics of cashew, lemon rind, spice, lemon and peach.  The length is initially reluctant, but long upon examination, providing clean and crystalline flavours of cashew and nuts.  This is a serious chardonnay that merits your interest.

Rating: Very Good, Abv: 13.5%, Price: $, Source: sample, Vendors and website: http://www.tenminutesbytractor.com.au, Tasted: 2015

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