Ten Minutes by Tractor is the convergence of a series of journeys that began almost 30 years ago, a series of individual threads that fortuitously came together over time to create the winery that exists today. We are defined by place, three vineyards, only ten minutes by tractor apart in space and time, but separated by aspect and altitude, by slope and soil, by the winds which flow through the valleys running south into Bass Strait. Cool places. Elegant places. Places defined, in our minds, by the wines we make from each and which seem to be a world apart. Provenance, from the Latin provenire meaning “to come from”, is, in our world, the essential component of who we are and what we do. Since the founding families first chose three unique sites for vineyards, we have focussed on making wine that is specific to our place, to the Mornington Peninsula, to Main Ridge and to individual blocks on individual vineyards. Our Estate is defined by these vineyards and the others that we have added since. We invite you to share in our journey in exploring the unique character and potential of each of our vineyards, the evolution of our winemaking and our wines.
The aroma is immediately bright with honeydew melon and minerality, vanilla and spice. As much fine fragrance as wine, this layers its aromas precisely and articulates with clarity. The palate is appropriately crisp in its placement of each flavour. It takes a while, in fact, for other dimensions to register. Look more closely, though, and there’s considerable complexity of flavour arranged with the sort of harmony that’s rare in a young wine. There are also textures that show great evenness and spread across the palate. Indeed, the more time one spends with this, the more one sees, though it never loses the immediate appeal of its pure flavour and line.