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Curly Flat

Curly Flat Chardonnay 2021 (Macedon Ranges)

Curly Flat Chardonnay 2021 (Macedon Ranges)

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"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."
95+ Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, Drink: 2024 - 2030+

Wine Specifications

Variety: Chardonnay

Size: 750mL

Region: Macedon Ranges

ABV: 13.2%

Vintage: 2021

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Winery & Vintage Info

On paper, 2021 reads as a cooler than normal year, but our vines couldn’t have been happier. With warm days calmly weaving throughout the crisp season, our vines would say it wasn’t too hot or cold, but just right. The average summer temperature of 26˚C sums up that gentle heat perfectly. With veraison taking place in February well past the heat peak of January, a cool, not cold, March allowed for a powerful, slow ripening platform to take shape. Harvest commenced in early April after a useful warm spell over Easter, saw the delivery of powerful yet restrained fruit arrive to the winery. In terms of rainfall, our highest totals came in October and January which only served to bolster our soils at key growing phases. February was quite dry which allowed for concentration amongst the bunches. The moderate rainfall received in March simply refreshed the vines as they calmly approached fruition. In summary, 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 then lightly filtered before being put to bottle.

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