Ten Minutes by Tractor Estate Pinot Noir 2012
This is the best ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir that Ten Minutes by Tractor have produced. In fact, I like this blend more than some of the more fancied single vineyard wines above it. Just delicious Mornington Peninsula Pinot.
It smells like Mornington Pinot at its best – sap, raspberry, red cherry and just a little hint of proscuitto and eucalypt. There’s a wavering on the nose between red fruit and something deeper and more meaty, without losing pinosity. The whole suite of Pinot aromas on show.
It tastes ripe, full and powerful, but again the balancing act of red fruit with a silken tail. There’s some late grunt, giving the red cherry fruit some grounding. Still, silken, ripe red fruits are the key here, the ripeness just held back enough to be balanced.
I can’t think of much else you’d want in a Mornington Pinot. Deeply satisfying.
Details: 13.5%, Screwcap
Tasted: February 2015, Sample
Best drinking: 2015-2020
Score: 18.7/20, 95/100
Would I buy it? In a heartbeat.
Buy online: Ten Minutes by Tractor website