Gunnamatta Pinot Noir 2018

Very pale in colour, this pinot noir from the Mornington Peninsula has aromatics of strawberries and red fruits. The palate is fresh with ripe red fruits and a restrained bearing. Ready to drink now, this is a youthful and approachable style of pinot noir. Rating: Good. Abv: NA. Price: $20s. Website: NA. Reviewed: December 2019.

Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Pinot Noir 2018

This is another good 10X pinot noir release from Ten Minutes by Tractor on the Mornington Peninsula. This leading producer always offers a wealth of useful regional vintage information. Specifically, the 2018 vintage saw a late budburst (20 September – two weeks later than 2016), a warm spring, perfect conditions at flowering (24 November compared […]

Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Pinot Noir Mornington Peninsula 2017

Pale in colour, this Mornington Peninsula pinot noir – the entry level offering from Ten Minutes by Tractor – opens to aromas of wild herbs and redcurrant.  The palate is medium bodied with fresh chalky tannins and acidity, and good length on the finish.  This is great value at $34 and is Burgundian in styling. Rating: […]

Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Pinot Gris Mornington Peninsula 2017

The aroma of this pinot gris from Ten Minutes by Tractor in the Mornington Peninsula reminds of pears and spiced pears.  The palate is dry, full bodied and has attractive length.  Ready to drink now, this is a well made pinot gris.  Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $28. Source: Sample.

Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Sauvignon Blanc Mornington Peninsula 2017

This is a complex rendition of sauvignon Blanc from Ten Minutes by Tractor in the Mornington Pensinsula.  It has a nutty and gooseberry like aroma.  The palate is firmly acidic, with a yellow grapefruit like linearity.  Ready to drink now, this wine can be approached over the next couple of years. Rating: Good. Abv: 12%. Price: […]

Ten Minutes by Tractor – 2016 single vineyard Mornington Peninsula (and Tasmania) pinot noirs

Ten Minutes by Tractor have again managed to produce a number of high quality, interesting and varied single vineyard pinot noirs, this time from the 2016 vintage.  This is a warm and early vintage in the Mornington Peninsula as outlined in my post on the whites (see here) and the vineyards are the same, with […]

Ten Minutes by Tractor – 2016 chardonnay single vineyard and estate wines

Ten Minutes by Tractor provide a wonderful level of detail about their wines and I think rightly are a reference source for the Mornington Peninsula region.  Winemaking and viticulture aside, the key “macro” influences in this region are whether the vineyard is located “up the hill” or “down the hill” and the weather conditions of […]

Five new release Australian chardonnays from five different regions

I tasted today through five Australian new release chardonnays, all blind, with prices ranging from $22 to $68. The average quality level in Australian chardonnay is very good indeed if you are able to spend $20 or more per bottle. The cooler climate regions of the Mornington Peninsula and Orange shone more brightly than the […]

Wine tasting: Pommard and Volnay Premier Crus

I recently attended an outstanding tasting of mostly recent(ish) vintages of premier cru level Pommard and Volnay wines. The quality was universally high across the board, and all well stored examples. In terms of observations, interestingly, neither appellation proved particularly distinctive on this tasting. Pommard is typically thought of as sturdy, masculine and full in […]