Sunday, December 10, 2017

Ten Minutes by Tractor 2015 McCutcheon Pinot Noir

Looking for a Christmas present for a serious pinotphile? A bottle that can be enjoyed with the Christmas turkey, or confidently cellared for a decade or more? The McCutcheon was my pick of the outstanding 2015 pinots from Mornington Peninsula producer 10 Minutes by Tractor, a wine with both flavour and structure. This has great balance and tremendous length with all the classic cool-climate pinot characteristics; expressive fruit, savoury notes, sous bois earthiness and tremendous length. Sinewy and powerful, this underwent wild yeast fermentation and spent 15 months in 22% new French oak barriques. Quality with a capital Q and well worth 95/100 points. This is all but sold out at cellar door, but you might find it some in quality retail outlets.

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