The 10X range of wines is Ten Minutes by Tractor's entry level series, and are sourced from several vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula. They are a regional expression of each variety, using estate-grown and managed fruit.
The 2018 10X Pinot is softly red-fruited, with a herbal edge and supple, fine-grained tannins, all combining in a youthful, yet approachable Pinot.
Grapes hand-harvested late February to late March. 100% destemmed, with an aim of retaining about 30% whole berries, and transferred to 5 tonne concrete tanks. Held cold for a few days to delay start of indigenous yeast ferment which then typically runs for 14-21 days. Cap management by pump over with some plunging towards the end of the ferment. Following pressing, the wine was transferred to 20% new 228 litre French oak barrels for 9 months. Natural 100% malolactic fermentation before bottling unfined and filtered.
A deliciously soft and raspberry laden Pinot Noir with oodles of fruit generosity. Oodles of red fruit, some sappy varietal notes and then light tannins all making for a wonderfully fun and approachable Pinot. Immediate appeal and perhaps the standout of the 2018 10X releases.
Ten Minutes by Tractor is the convergence of wine journeys that began almost 40 years ago, a group of individuals and vineyards that fortuitously came together over time to create the winery that exists today.
The winery started in 1997 with three family owned vineyards in Main Ridge, all ten minutes by tractor apart. Since then they have expanded and added new vineyards, but all have their own unique character with different aspects, slopes, soils, altitude and winds which flow through the valleys up from Bass Strait. Cool places. Beautiful places. Places that are defined by the wines they make and which can seem like worlds apart.
STEVE LESZCZYNSKI - QWINE
Red cherries and raspberry fruit get the juices flowing before undergrowth, twigs and some sauteed mushrooms fold in. Dainty tannins dance across the palate with a gentle lemony acid twist and fine peppery spice waving you off. Don't sweat on the acid mind you, it will settle in time. All up, I could get lazy and snuggle into a corner with a few glasses, easy. A lovely wine.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Spicy, dried herbs and nettle aromas, underlying cherry, a little smoky oak. Body-weight is medium to full, the flavour intense and very long. It's smoky, charcuterie-like and deep, with a light, well-measured grip to close. Very good, lots of character, plenty of weight, and great value at the price.
There’s a wealth of richness and depth to this pinot, whilst also holding freshness. Beautifully tangy, fleshy and delicious now. Screw cap.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT
It might be the entry level wine but it’s reliably good. We’re straight into good territory again here. It opens quite tight but it quickly relaxes as it breathes. Strawberry fields don’t quite last forever but they try to. Spice notes, hints of woodsmoke, a chalkiness to the tannin, an overall keen varietal character. Good stuff. Good wine. 91 edging into 92.