Ten Minutes by TractorMcCutcheon Chardonnay 2018Product code: 3524
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McCutcheon is typically the more robust of the Chardonnays, and again it’s a wine of coiled power and weight. The season has delivered a significant wine though, a hint of matchstick funk, the golden, nutty and bold flavours sitting below the surface.
McCutcheon is typically the more robust of the Chardonnay releases, and again it’s a wine of coiled power and weight. The acidity is lower this year but yet you wouldn’t pick it in any way – it still feels tight and surprisingly restrained. The season has delivered a significant wine though, a hint of matchstick funk, the golden, nutty, bold flavours sitting below the surface like the leg muscles of a racehorse. Remarkable that it can look so fresh given the extra weight and plump mid palate.
About the Winery
It was during 1997 that the three family-owned vineyards that were apart from each other, ten minutes by tractor, got together to form the Ten Minutes by Tractor brand. What started with 3 vineyards has now grown to more than 200 vineyards in the region of Mornington Peninsula. The excellent climate and soil of this area have given it the distinction of creating the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape varietals in Australia.
More than 50% of the vineyards in this region are covered by Pinot Noir cultivation while Chardonnay ranks a close second. A very small area of these vineyards is dedicated to the cultivation of Shiraz Grapes. Recently, Pinot Gris cultivation was also started in the Mornington Peninsula, much to the happiness of many a wine lover here.
The wines created here belong to various categories – 10x, sparkling, estate and single vineyard. The 10x category of wines is created from grapes across many vineyards in the Mornington Peninsula and is known for its exquisite regional flavours. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rose’ and Pinot Noir are some of the famous wines that belong to this category.
The estate wines and sparkling wines are those that are the specially crafted barrel-selected wines from individual vineyards. These are then mixed well to produce some of Australia’s finest quality of wines. Estate Chardonnay, Estate Pinot Noir and Sparkling Blanc de Blancs are the popular wines in this category.
Single vineyard wines are those that are created using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grown in the individual vineyards of McCutcheon, Coolart Road, Judd and Wallis. Grapes grown only in the high-performance blocks of these vineyards are selected for making these wines. McCutcheon Chardonnay, McCutcheon Pinot Noir, Judd Pinot Noir and Wallis Chardonnay are some popular wines that belong to this category.