This is a serious chardonnay from Curly Flat in the Macedon Ranges. Yellow gold in colour, its aromas of cedar, butter and perfumed citrus resolutely speak of chardonnay. The palate is full bodied and balanced by quite fresh and minerally acidity. Ready to drink now, this is a very good chardonnay that can be approached over the next five years. Rating: Very Good. Abv: 13.6%. Price: $46. Website: www.curlyflat.com. Source: Sample.
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This is a lovely pinot gris from Curly Flat in the Macedon Ranges from the 2018 vintage. Pale in colour, it opens to aromas of ginger, apple and spiced pears. The palate is dry, really fresh, with saline acidity, good length and a medium-full body. Ready to drink now, this is an adaptable wine that will suit drinking with or without food. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 13.8%. Price: $32. Website: curlyflat.com. Source: Sample.
Described as a “white pinot”, I had assumed the wine inside would be a pinot blanc. In fact, putting to one side the clonal aspect*, it is a pinot noir that has spent a short time on skins, in a rosé style, and a good one at that. In the glass, the wine is a pale salmon in colour, with aromas of strawberries. The palate is dry with a fullish body, fresh acidity and a stoney, mineral substructure and gentle, savoury strawberry fruit. Good length on the finish confirms this as a good wine, that is ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.1%. Price: $26. Website: www.curlyflat.com. Source: Sample.
* Pinot blanc is a mutation of pinot gris, itself a mutation of pinot noir.
Curly Flat’s 2017 vintage of the Lacuna chardonnay from the Macedon Ranges opens to aromas of yellow grapefruit, pear and an attractive stoney note. The palate has a medium-full body, with fresh acidity and yellow grapefruit and saline overtones. As it opens up in the glass, the wine takes on a savoury character and has good length on the finish. This is a lovely chardonnay that is ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $22. Source: Sample.
This is an excellent pinot noir release from Curly Flat. It unfurls in the glass to reveal an aroma of redcurrant, florals in general and roses in particular. The palate is terrifically balanced with long length and its viscosity balanced by fresh acidity. This wine has a Burgundian sensibility, and can be approached now. Rating: Very Good. Abv: 13.7%. Price: $50+. Source: Sample.