|Wine||10X Pinot Noir|
|Winery||Ten Minutes by Tractor|
|Winemaker||Imogen Dillon & Martin Spedding|
|Rates & awards||–|
|Bottle volume||75 cl.|
|Total production||23.292 bottles|
- Garnet-coloured medium-bodied red wine.
- A deliciously soft Pinot Noir laden by red fruits as raspberry, some sappy varietal notes and then light tannins all making for a wonderfully fun and approachable Pinot.
|Best drinking||8 years|
Vineyard & Winemaking
|Vineyard||Coolart Road (63%), McCutcheon (18%), Wallis (12%), Judd (7%)|
|Soil||Largely sedimentary from the Tertiary period and the dominant soil types are brown and yellow chromosols.|
|Winemaking||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.|
|Aging||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. 20% new 228 litre French oak.|
|Bottling date||January 2019|
Imogen Dillon & Martin Spedding
Martin and Karen’s energy, drive and vision have transformed Ten Minutes by Tractor into one of the leading cool climate wineries in Australia and one of the most popular winery destinations on the Mornington Peninsula, including the regions only two hatted winery restaurant.
Chief Winemaker Imogen Dillon joined Ten Minutes by Tractor in 2017. She has been making wine for 16 years and has gained experience in the Margaret River, Mount Barker and Swan Valley WA as well as off season working vintages in Napa Valley, Bordeaux and Washington State. After spending a lot of her career in Western Australia, she was always intrigued to try Pinot Noir from the East Coast, especially the three Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs from Ten Minutes by Tractor.
Ten Minutes by Tractor
The winery started in 1997 with three vineyards in Main Ridge, all ten minutes by tractor apart. Over the past 15 years, Martin and Karen Spedding have added four more vineyards that have a diverse range of microclimates from across the Mornington Peninsula.
This terroir and sense of place, explains everything about their wine. Cool places. Beautiful places. Places that are defined by the wines they make and which can seem like worlds apart: the refinement and vibrant acidity of Wallis; the elegance and poise of McCutcheon; the alluring aromatics and fine structure of Judd; the power and fruit purity of Coolart Road.
Each vineyard is intimately linked to their place. These little differences; in soil, slope, aspects and all the other things that make their vineyards distinct mean that while they may be ten minutes by tractor from each other, they are a world apart.