Curly Flat Pinot Noir 2018

Curly Flat Pinot Noir 2018

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Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Variety: Pinot Noir

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Producer: Curly Flat

Country: Australia

Region: Macedon Ranges

Vintage: 2018

Critic Score: 97 and ★★★★★

Alcohol: 13.5%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2035

The finish has impressive concentration and length to burn. A classic curly flat that will live for decades - Patrick Eckel

James Suckling Top 100 Wines of Australia 2020

The 2018 Curly Flat Pinot Noir is the first vintage with new winemaker Matt Harrop in charge (he finished the 2017 vintage wines and oversaw the bottling of the 2016 pinots, but 2018 was his first complete vintage). The wine is a blend from the Central and Western blocks, across '95, '96, '97 and '00 plantings. 25% whole bunches. 16 months in 20% new oak. The estate has a total of five Pinot Noir clones: 114, 115, MV6 – the famous Mothervine 6 that is said to have reached Australia in the 1830s from Burgundy – as well as Mariafeld and D5V12.

"It's a generous Curly Flat Pinot, with quintessential red fruit through nose and palate. Tannic too. It's a step-up wine, a 'let's get serious about Pinot Noir' release, of compelling grip and power plus prettiness. Good. Better than good, it's excellent Pinot."  Andrew Graham

Expert reviews

"This is a watershed for this producer with such well-assembled complexity, well-guarded purity and the kind of bright, vibrant tannin that is rarely seen outside Burgundy. Intense aromas of blood orange, pomegranate, red cherry, boldly spicy oak and a sapid, reductive edge. Lot of energy here. The palate has rich red and dark-cherry flavor with crisply defined tannins that carry long and refreshed into the finish with assertive acidity. Crunchy red-fruit finish. Give this a little more time to settle. Try from 2023. Screw cap."  James Suckling, - 97 points and Top 100 Wines of Australia 2020

"This is the main release from all parts of the vineyard. MV6, 115 and 114 clones, 20% whole bunch, 28 days on skins, matured for 16 months in oak (20% new). Fine, elegant and fragrant cherry and pomegranate fruit. Overall balance and length are very good. QED. Drink by 2040."  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion - 96 points  and Special Value Wine  ★ 

"A blend of the Central and Western blocks and the first wine that Matt Harrop produced from start to finish and it represents a complete and complex example of what can be produced from the coldest region in mainland Australia. Dark cherry, rhubarb with nutmeg and cinnamon spice on the nose. Medium bodied with a tannin structure that delivers waves of texture and combines fruit with earthen spice. The finish has impressive concentration and length to burn. A classic curly flat that will live for decades."  Patrick Eckel, Wine Reviewer – 96 points

"Inviting deep red fruits with redcurrant and cranberry at the top of the list. Supported by spicy cedar oak, cinnamon and potpourri notes. The palate is firm, flavorsome with textured 'sticky' tannins. All are supported by well balanced acidity. Long black cherry driven finish leaves you wanting more. Top Australian Pinot."  Clive Hartley, Australian Wine Guide - Outstanding (95-100 points) ★★★★★

"I believe this is the first vintage with Matt Harrop at the controls. Dried rose perfume in with some fresh mint, deep raspberry flavour, a little almond and vanilla, plus some spice. It's ripe, but not overly so, with cool acidity, a dusting of graphite tannin, and a long biscuity finish. It's generous in style, but keeps itself trim. I'm particularly tickled by the quality of tannin here. Excellent. Drink : 2020 - 2028+."  Gary Walsh, The Wine Front - 95 points

"This is a first for Curly Flat. As in the ‘first’ vintage made by new winemaker, Matt Harrop, following the departure of the winery’s co-founder, Phillip Moraghan, in late 2017. Harrop is a young gun – still, in my book – formerly with Shadowfax, and chairs leading wine shows around the country, so he’s a winemaker who thinks about the macro as well as the micro.

This is the flagship pinot noir for the company, the one that defines the house and regional (Macedon Ranges) style. It’s from an excellent vintage, one according to Harrop that delivered a 'near perfect expression' of site. There’s whole bunch and skin contact at play here as well as wild yeasts but, really, it all adds up to a delightfully complex wine which is important to remember because this is a bare youngster. Approachable now with the fragrance of crushed red berries, musk, potpourri. The wine glides across the tongue leaving an impression that is both sweet-fruited, studded with lively red cherries, and don’t you just love that touch of pepper to close. Cool climate pinot to the very end. Drink: Now - 2028."  Jeni Port, Wine Pilot – 95 points

"Deepish red colour with a good purple tint and a spicy, charred-oak note on the aroma, suggesting a substantial oak input. The wine is medium to full-bodied and well-concentrated, with an excellent tannin backbone that would enable it to partner hearty foods. A gutsy, structured wine. I'd like to drink this with a rich beef casserole. drink: 20212033."  Huon Hooke, The Real Review - 94 points

"Immediately prettier than the 'Central' wine, though not as high toned as the Western. It's a generous Curly Flat Pinot, with quintessential red fruit through nose and palate. Tannic too. It's a step-up wine, a 'let's get serious about Pinot Noir' release, of compelling grip and power plus prettiness. Good. Better than good, it's excellent Pinot. Best drinking: now to at least six years."  Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review – 94 points


James Suckling Top 100 Wines of Australia 2020
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 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.