Sunday, 1 May 2016

Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Sauvignon Blanc 2014


Ten Minutes by Tractor have succeeded here with sauvignon blanc from the the Mornington Peninsula.  The grapes were whole bunch pressed, fermented with wild yeasts and saw ~9 months in old French oak.  More Pouilly-Fumé than Marlborough in style, the 2014 10X sauvignon blanc has stoney, saline aromatics.  The palate is fresh with notes of lemon and hints of cashew.  I like the suggestion of a fresh goat's cheese salad to accompany.

Rating: Good to Very Good
Abv: 13.5%
Price: $28
Source: sample
Vendors and website: http://tenminutesbytractor.com.au
Tasted: 2016

Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Pinot Noir 2014


We are entering, in my humble view, a sort of golden age for pinot noir made in the cool climate regions of Australia.  Older vines, more experience, serious intent and high demand all play their part.  Ten Minutes by Tractor is a serious producer and it shows.  This wine, Ten Minutes by Tractor's entry level 10X Pinot Noir from the Mornington Peninsula, wouldn't be out of place in a premier cru lineup.  It has aromatics of bacon and cherry, and reminds of autumn.  It has delicious balance and good length on the finish.  The balance of oak (18% new) is just right.  Impressive.

Rating: Good to Very Good
Abv: 13.5%
Price: $32
Source: sample
Vendors and website: http://tenminutesbytractor.com.au
Tasted: 2016

Sassy Wines "The Ivor" Arneis 2015


This is an interesting arneis from Sassy Wines in Orange.  The variety is at home in Piemonte in north western Italy where it produces low acid wines to be drunk in their youth, or historically, was blended to soften nebbiolo.  Amazingly, for a relatively obscure variety, there's 153 hectares of arneis planted in Australia according to James Halliday (see J Halliday, Varietal Wines (2015, Hardie Grant, p111)).  This is a good example of one.  Stone, green mango and lemon aromatics give way to a palate with pleasant fennel, green cashew and citrus characters.

Rating: Good
Abv: 13.3%
Price: $24
Source: sample
Vendors and website: http://sassywines.com.au
Tasted: 2016