Ten Minutes By Tractor 'Judd' Chardonnay 2019
Judd is TMBT’s highest site, however it faces due west, so while you’d think the elevation could result in one of their leaner wines, the afternoon sun that the site soaks up generally leads to generous levels of ripeness. Some distinctive black smoke reduction on the nose with flint and matchstick is at first present. This quickly gives way to white florals and white stone fruit characters that are immediately evident on the palate, too. There’s some citrus, possibly even some grapefruit, but then a layer of cashew nut and meal on an energetic and racy palate. The finish is awash with river pebbles and succulent acid, taking flavours long into the distance. Judd seems to build weight through the palate with a large-ish frame but one built upon restrained power. I can’t wait to see this with about 5 years bottle age on it when it will be at its absolute peak. - Ches Cook, FWC.