Ten Minutes by Tractor Wallis Chardonnay 2011 (Mornington Peninsula, Vic)
13%, Screwcap, $65
Produced by the detail focused Ten Minutes by Tractor, there is a purity and elegance here that perfectly fits a cool and wet vintage – its what you’d want your Chardonnay to look like in 2011. Think whipped cream, white flowers and grapefruit, the palate lean, long and sculpted like a long distance runner, stripped of fat, leaving a racer underneath. It doesn’t have the sunny richness or power of the 2010, and indeed it is snappy and very dry,yet the length and vitality make it an absolute winner.
Such a lean and acid-driven Chardonnay isn’t going to be for everyone, but I loved this. Standout Chardonnay.
Tasted: May 2014
Score: 18.7/20, 95/100
Would I buy it? In a heartbeat.
Buy online: Ten Minues by Tractor website