Curly Flat Chardonnay 2022
Curly Flat Chardonnay 2022

Curly Flat Chardonnay 2022

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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: 2022

Critic Score: 96

Alcohol: 12.7%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2033


A great example of Macedon Ranges chardonnay, purity its watchword - James Halliday

James Halliday Top 100 Wines of 2023

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 2022 vintage is no exception. From multiple Chardonnay clones - P58,  I10V3 and I10V5 - and the vine age is 22 to 29 years.  

"There is something to love about the tension and contrast you get from exceptional Chardonnay in a cool year. There is such clarity and precision to this wine that rides the subtle textural and nuanced influences of winemaker and oak but always returning to a pristine expression of place. The wine came in at 12.7% and its layers of texture are a triumph. The use of new oak and malolactic fermentation has provided richness but not at the expense of a mineral and steely citrus backbone that is contrasted by riper stone fruits. Satisfying length to finish, with a very long future ahead."  Patrick Eckel

"The 2022 growing season continues the cool theme of the last two seasons of 2021 & 2020. We are delighted with 2022 which expresses beautifully with its trinity of deep fragrance, breadth of flavour and fine mineral length.

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 300 and 500 litre barrels.  Barrels were stirred monthly until minimal sulphur was added in late Spring once malolactic ferment (MLF) was complete. Our 2022 Chardonnay has gone through 100% MLF along with 28% new oak with minimal filtration before bottling. Cellaring: Drinking beautifully now with 10+ years of cellaring potential.."  Curly Flat

Expert reviews

"A great example of Macedon Ranges chardonnay, purity its watchword. Its bouquet is a distillation of very cool grown chardonnay, opening with quiet confidence, then steadily building intensity through to trumpets of grapefruits, yellow and pink, on the finish. Drink by 2032."  James Halliday, The Weekend Australian - 96 points and Top 100 Wines of 2023 and Special Value Wine  ★ 

"There is something to love about the tension and contrast you get from exceptional Chardonnay in a cool year. There is such clarity and precision to this wine that rides the subtle textural and nuanced influences of winemaker and oak but always returning to a pristine expression of place. The wine came in at 12.7% and its layers of texture are a triumph. The use of new oak and malolactic fermentation has provided richness but not at the expense of a mineral and steely citrus backbone that is contrasted by riper stone fruits. Satisfying length to finish, with a very long future ahead. Drinking: 2023-2034."  Patrick Eckel, Wine Reviewer – 96 points

"Bright, light yellow-green colour with pencil-wood, oyster shell, citrus-fruit aromas, reserved and still emerging from its shell but has loads of potential. Delicious wine already, especially in the mouth, but will benefit from time to build its bouquet. A beautifully turned-out chardonnay. Drink: 2024-2034."  Huon Hooke, The Real Review - 95 points

"This is quite slender, more slender than I usually associate with Curtly Flat, though it builds flesh and flavour as it breathes and it will no doubt continue to do so as it matures. It tastes of cedar and nectarine, grapefruit and green apple, custard powder and woodsmoke, with gentle herb-like notes littered throughout. The wine’s grapefruit notes really power on through the finish, which is a good sign, and everything feels well balanced and knitted. Tuck it away awhile and it’ll sing. Drink : 2025 - 2032+."  Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front - 94 points

"Ahh, the lovely expression of a Curly Flat Chardonnay. Yeah, this style of Macedon Ranges Chardonnay is very much my wheelhouse, even if the last vintage looked too taut. This 2022 is a wonder, even if it needs more time in bottle. The expressive butterscotch and whipped butter overt character of the nose belies a long and taut palate of filigreed finesse. It’s golden but taut, perhaps a little light for the butterscotch edges, but delicacy and flavour are otherwise fighting a war with no losers. Rather delicious Australian Chardonnay, with layers for days. Would I buy it?: sure would."  Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review – 94 points 

Awards

James Halliday Top 100 Wines of 2023
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.