I’ve had several 2013 Mornington Peninsula pinots now, and they’ve all been impressive open wines. The Ten Minutes by Tractor 2013 continues the hits. A deep ruby coloured core accompanied by sweet spiced nose, bright cherry fruit, strawberry leaf and cloves. Firm grippy tannins, a moderate level which props up the intense fruit flavours, freshened by high acidity. An enjoyable warm drink evoking velvet cushions. 91/100.
By contrast, the 2009 Barolo vintage was difficult, regardless of the spoken optimism of the majority of the producers. The weather conditions are revealed in the wine. Attractive ruby red colour, nice rhubarb tart and cranberry fruit, slightly spiced. Taut powdery tannins, good structure with lingering acidity. This needed strong meaty flavours to really come through, but the finish suggests this needs to be drunk up sooner than later. 88/100.