Ten Minutes By Tractor
In 2006 Martin and Karen Spedding purchased the McCutcheon vineyard from Vivian and Andrew McCutcheon, who were one of the founding families of Ten Minutes by Tractor in 1999, along with the Judd and Wallis families. They are located in Victoria's Mornington Peninsular, about an hour’s drive south-east of Melbourne. The Mornington Peninsular is surrounded by water on three sides; the Bass Straight, Port Philip Bay and Western Port Bay, with no vineyard site further than 7 kilometres from the ocean. This cool maritime climate provides perfect conditions for premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling. Ten Minutes by Tractor sustainably farm six estate vineyards, all in the Main Ridge subregion, which is one of the highest and coolest areas of the Mornington Peninsular.
The 5.42 McCutcheon Vineyard is planted at an altitude of between 174 and 200 metres above sea level and here Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are under vine. This vineyard was originally planted in 1992, and saw its first crop in 1995. Local wineries bought the grapes for many years, but the McCutcheons made small amounts of wine under the Peninsula Ridge label, until Ten Minutes by Tractor was founded, named because the original three vineyards established by the McCutcheon, Wallis and Judd families were ten minutes by tractor away from each other.
Judd has 5.86h under vine at 206 metres, it is their highest and steepest site where Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc are planted.
Coolart has 13.68h planted at 72 metres solely with Pinot Noir.
Wallis is planted at 142 metres with 4.84h of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.
Spedding has 4.63h planted at 187 metres with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Gabrielle is where their new cellar door is located. It has 0.83h planted with Chardonnay and became the region's first certified organic vineyard in 2007 and is named after the Spedding's oldest daughter.
Ten Minutes by Tractor also produce a Riesling from fruit grown by their good friends Ruth and George Mihaly's in the Paradigm Hill Vineyard.
From this array of vineyards, with their different soils, elevations, microclimates, aspects and clones, a sublime range of wines are crafted in three ranges. The 10X range is made from grapes sourced from across their vineyards and is a regional expression of each grape variety. The Estate range are barrel selections from individual vineyards blended to create the best expressions of the grapes. The Single Vineyard wines are made from grapes from the McCutcheon, Wallis, Judd and Coolart vineyards and represent the clearest expression of their terroir.
Ten Minutes by Tractor take a minimal interventionist approach in the cellar, utilising native yeasts for fermentation and are heavily influenced by Burgundian traditions and philosophies. Their wines are bottled under screwcap to preserve the pristine characteristics of the fruit. Ten Minutes by Tractor make some of the most aromatic and silky Pinot Noirs from this precocious grape variety in Australia and some of the country's finest single vineyard Chardonnays. These are complex and elegant classy wines.