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Ten Minutes by Tractor Estate Pinot Noir 2010 (Mornington Peninsula, Vic)
14%, Screwcap, $46
I rattled on quite a bit about how good the 2010 Mornington Pinots were in this post and happily I wasn’t disappointed here. A much more backward and denser wine than the glorious 2010 10X Pinot, the Estate wine looks genuinely meaty, dark and long-term firmish. Indeed, it probably needs bottle age to show its best, which is quite unusual in the Mornington context. Serious wine indeed.
Translucent, even slightly coppery in the glass, this smells so utterly Pinoty it hurts. It’s quite a secondary nose actually, leafy and bacon stewn with sappy, ripe strawberry and currant fruit. It smells of herbs and stems even though it was fully destemmed, again contributing to what is something of a moveable feast of a nose.
There is a lovely translucency to the palate too, the wine carrying both quite a deal of acidity, bacon bit and firm, anything-but-sweet, extracted fruit. I love the power and weight here but gee it is a wine for the Pinophiles.
Great potential, superb length and a moody personality to match, I really want to get to know this Pinot better.
Would I buy it?: Definitely. I don’t need any wine right now though. Plus its not cheap. I’d buy it off the list in a restaurant though without hesitation.