Ten Minutes By Tractor Judd Vineyard Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2012
What a pleasure to try this so just before some superhero Grand Cru Burgundy equivalents over the weekend. Happily, I think it shapes up so well that it makes you want to fist pump the air in celebration of Australia’s Pinot progression. I got to say though that I prefer the standard estate Pinot at this stage in time, it’s perfect balance just pure Pinot beauty.
Indeed this is a sappy, meaty wine for 10X, the vintage warmth and low yields giving this a real dry cherry rasp without quite the typical Judd Vineyard beauty. Still, it carries that distinctive red fruit too, just with an extra concentration to lend a more muscular, tannic personality than normal.
Ultimately the style and concentration here is top shelf, just a bit ‘too much’ for me to love just yet.
Details: 13.5%, Screwcap, $75
Tasted: February 2015, Sample
Best drinking: 2016-2022
Score: 18.3/20, 93/100
Would I buy it? I think the standard estate gets my money.
Buy online: Ten Minutes by Tractor website