As we have been in the grip of a cold winter, this month we focus on the warmer climes of Australia with the wonderful wines of Ten Minutes By Tractor from Mornington Peninsular. We are looking at a number of Australian wines this month with a view to adding to our range. Sourcing new wines has been somewhat different during lockdown, but via Zoom calls with producers and samples delivered we can still add some new wines.
Our shop remains open in line with government advice. We operate social distancing, wearing of face masks and use of hand sanitiser. For those who prefer not to visit the shop, we continue to offer free local delivery and deliveries nationwide for just £9.95. Our drivers wear masks and respect the social distancing advice from government. Alternatively you can order online for collection at a safe distance from the shop. If you have not yet visited our website you can explore our range by following the link here https://talkingwines.co.uk/
We wish you all well and hope you will be in touch soon.
Simon and the Talking Wines Team
Ten Minutes By Tractor
Located in Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne the Ten Minutes by Tractor winery was founded in 1997. The winery was founded by three family-owned vineyards all located within ten minutes by tractor. The wines are a far cry from some of the rich, fruity wines which many know Australia for. These wines have real finesse and balance.
Mornington Peninsula sits as a spit of land off the southern tip of mainland Victoria. The peninsula is constantly cooled by the sea breezes with average summer temperatures of only 20 degrees centigrade. With a climate not dissimilar to Burgundy, it is no surprise that Pinot Noir and Chardonnay thrive here.
Vineyards have been planted here since the late nineteenth century and the area is populated with a myriad of small producers making their own hand-crafted wines. The proximity to Melbourne makes for a thriving cellar door business for the producers.
The vineyards for Ten Minutes by Tractor winery were planted in the early 1990s by the McCutcheon and Wallis families on their properties in Main Ridge. Main Ridge is Mornington Peninsula’s highest and coolest sub region and was considered to be ideal for producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The families started planting their vineyards in 1992 and the first crops were harvested in 1995.
Over the next few years the grapes were sold to other producers until they were capable of producing the quality desired for their own wine. The first vintage was made in 2000 and success was almost immediate, with critical acclaim from the first release. In 2004 the McCutcheon, Wallis and Judd families sold the winery to Martin and Karen Spedding and continue to be great supporters of the winery that they helped to establish over 20 years ago.
The 10X Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which we list are both elegant, beautifully balanced wines. They don't come cheap at £29.99, but offer the best of Australia for these styles of wines.
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