Curly Flat Chardonnay 2021
Curly Flat Chardonnay 2021

Curly Flat Chardonnay 2021

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Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Style: White Wine

Variety: Chardonnay

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Camberwell VIC 3124
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Producer: Curly Flat

Country: Australia

Region: Macedon Ranges

Vintage: 2021

Critic Score: 96

Alcohol: 13.2%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2033


It has body and flavour and it probably even has soul. It presents as one seamless gorgeous lipsmacking whole - Campbell Mattinson

"2021 was a dream growing year that we happily liken to 2012, one of our best."  Curly Flat

If you want a reminder of just how good Macedon Ranges Chardonnay can be, look no further than Curly Flat Chardonnay. It is consistently one of Australia's best Chardonnays and the 2021 vintage is no exception. The wine is powerful, complex and utterly enticing with ultra-refreshing acidity. From multiple Chardonnay clones - P58, I10V1, I10V3 and I10V5 - and the vine age is 21 to 28 years.  

"Ah Curly Flat chardonnay, you good thing. You tease with tangy fruit all citrusy and white nectarines all spiced up then the palate tantalises with scrumptious leesy flavours and sweet cedary oak. The final flirt is a line of fine, pure acidity holding everything neatly in place. Pretty classy seduction."  Jane Faulkner

"On paper, 2021 reads as a cooler than normal year, but our vines couldn't have been happier. It was a dream growing year that we happily liken to 2012, one of our best. Picked in the cool of the morning, Chardonnay from three distinct blocks were whole bunch pressed to tank with cloudy juice transferred to barrel the following day. Indigenous yeasts dictated ferment in various formats ranging from 228, 300 and 500 litre barrels. From there barrels were stirred monthly until minimal sulphur was added in late Spring. Varying amounts of MLF were employed, totalling in 50% in the final blend along with 24% new oak. After maturing for 14 months our 2021 Chardonnay was lightly filtered before bottling. Cellaring: Drinking beautifully now with easily 8+ years cellaring potential."  Curly Flat

Expert reviews

"2021 has produced some incredible cool climate wines with this release from Curly Flat having tension, poise and balance. This is the most Chablis in style Curly Flat I can remember with intensity of nectarine that has a citrus and brine edge whilst also being supported by mealy spices on the nose. The palate has impressive energy with taut stone fruits elevated by citrus laced acidity and a subtle influence of creamier, spiced inputs. There is a richness that builds across the palate with the wine showing riper stone fruits and some textural grip. Wonderful length with lovely integration of oak and fruit to finish." Drinking: 2023-2032."  Patrick Eckel, Wine Reviewer – 96 points

"Curly Flat delivers the goods. There’s nothing wan about this release, it has body and it has flavour and it probably even has soul. Pristine peach, nectarine and citrus flavours are served hand-in-glove with cedarwood oak. There’s more than a little texture here, silken and grippy at once. There’s a smoked wheat character here too, perhaps even some crushed fennel, though in reality it presents as one seamless gorgeous lipsmacking whole. Super gear. Drink: 2024 - 2030+."  Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front - 95+ points

"Ah Curly Flat chardonnay, you good thing. You tease with tangy fruit all citrusy and white nectarines all spiced up then the palate tantalises with scrumptious leesy flavours and sweet cedary oak. The final flirt is a line of fine, pure acidity holding everything neatly in place. Pretty classy seduction. Drink by 2033."  Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion - 95 points and Special Value Wine  ★  

Awards

Special Value Wine - Halliday Wine Companion  ★ 

About the winery

Curly Flat Vineyard

Curly Flat, a small privately owned vineyard and winery in the Macedon Ranges, was founded in 1989 by Phillip Moraghan and Jenifer Kolkka. The Macedon Ranges is the coolest viticultural area on mainland Australia and the Curly Flat Vineyard has proved to be ideal for growing the early ripening varieties of pinot noir and chardonnay.

The first vines were planted in 1991 but problems with clonal identification and quality of planting material resulted in these vines being removed. The hard work of planting was repeated in 1992. Subsequent plantings (1993 to 2000) have seen the vineyard grow to 14.5 hectares. The majority of the area is planted to Pinot Noir (72%), with smaller plantings of Chardonnay (23%) and Pinot Gris (5%). 

The Curly Flat Vineyard is acknowledged as the greatest influence on wine quality. This unique viticultural site owes much to the combination of altitude (540 metres), latitude (south of The Great Dividing Range), and distance from the mitigating influence of the ocean. A diversity of aspect and clone provide multifaceted winemaking opportunities. The climate is ideal for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - warm summer days, then crisp, cool evenings which slow ripening and produce fruit of high natural acidity and intense flavour. The red volcanic basalt soils have structure and depth allowing the roots to descend many metres, increasing the soil volume able to be exploited by the vines.

In 2006 Curly Flat ceased using herbicides and have seen a marked improvement in soil microfauna. The resulting increase in organic matter has been staggering and bodes well for the future health of the vines.

Curly Flat wines are naturally fermented; the use of ambient yeast (those that are native to the vineyard and winery) leads to improved texture, mouthfeel and more varietal flavour components in the wines.

In 2017, Jenifer accepted Phillip's offer to take over sole ownership of Curly Flat. Under her leadership, the winery's reputation for high-quality winemaking continues. Jenifer and her team, led by new winemaker Matt Harrop, are fully committed to producing the best possible wines from their carefully nurtured site. 

Wine region map of Victoria

Victoria

Victoria is home to more than 800 wineries across 21 wine regions. The regions are Alpine Valley, Beechworth, Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland, Glenrowan, Goulburn Valley, Grampians, Heathcote, Henty, King Valley, Macedon Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, Murray Darling, Pyrenees, Rutherglen, Strathbogie Ranges, Sunbury, Swan Hill, Upper Goulburn and Yarra Valley.

Victoria's first vines were planted at Yering in the Yarra Valley in 1838. By 1868 over 3,000 acres had been planted in Victoria, establishing Victoria as the premier wine State of the day. Today, the original vineyards planted at Best's Wines are among the oldest and rarest pre-phylloxera plantings in the world.

Victoria's climate varies from hot and dry in the north to cool in the south and each wine region specialises in different varietals. For example, Rutherglen in the north is famous for its opulent Muscats and Topaque and bold reds, while the many cooler climate regions near Melbourne produce world class Chardonnay and pinot Noir. Victoria is truly a wine lover's playground.