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Curly Flat

www.curlyflat.com

263 Collivers Rd, Lancefield, 3435

Cellar Door: Weekends (1-5) or by appointment

Ph: (03) 5429 2256

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The inspiration for Curly Flat Vineyard was Phillip Moraghan's experiences whilst studying in Switzerland in the 1980s and sampling the many wine regions of France and Switzerland.

Pursuit of the dream and a cool climate suited to Pinot Noir, brought Phillip and Jeni to the highlands of Lancefield. To build expertise Jeni and Phillip volunteered their labour in other vineyards and wineries and received guidance from the late Laurie Williams.

Phillip began studying viticulture and travelling overseas to gain experience in wine growing and wine making - he has done several vintages in the USA, including Ponzi Vineyards in Willamette Valley Oregon and Russell Hearn's Premium Wine Group on Long Island, NY.

The first vines were planted at Curly Flat in 1991 and with progressive plantings the vineyard is now 14 hectares (33 acres) -principally Pinot Noir with some Chardonnay and a little Pinot Gris.

A modern multi-level winery was constructed in time for the April 2002 vintage (the wines in that vintage were made with advice from Gary Farr).

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

New reviews

Curly Flat Pinot Noir 2014

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, floral and dusty black cherry and cranberry with sage, rose petal and pepper notes, long and lithe medium bodied palate undermined with savoury tannins and well judged acidity (****1/2)

Curly Flat Chardonnay 2014

Purchased: Not ($48)

Drink: 2022 

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, 50% malo, perfumed and complex lime, lemon bitter and white peach with a hint of orange peel and struck match, some nougat lees aspect, creamy and long palate with savoury oak and dusty phenolics (*****)

Curly Flat Chardonnay 2013

Purchased: Not ($47)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting:: Sept 2015, whole bunch pressed, 20% mall, highly perfumed lemon rind, melon, granny smith apple and white peach with oatmeal and fig notes, some nougat from the lees, this vintage is a bit more fleshy, the overt but integrated oak (52% new) brings some clove and smoked bacon notes to the finish, linear with excellent length (****1/2)

Curly Flat Williams Crossing Chardonnay 2013

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting:: Sept 2015, this is declassified fruit from the estate chardonnay so has a similar but slightly sweeter flavour profile, mealy lemon butter, apple, white peach and honey dew melon, the oak is much more restrained, linear with crunchy grapefruit acidity (****)

Curly Flat Lacuna Chardonnay 2013

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting:: Sept 2015, unoaked showing vibrant steely lemon, white peach and grapefruit with savoury lees aspects, linear palate has good length (***1/2)

Curly Flat Macedon Ranges Chardonnay 2012

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, in the usual sleek but generous flinty style showing lemon curd, melon, apple and peach flavours, viscous with oatmeal notes, tangy and nervy acidity with cinnamon/clove/smoked bacon oak inputs, there’s some briny sea-shell phenolics on the finish as well (****1/2)

Curly Flat Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, highly perfumed, juicy black cherry, strawberry and cranberry with anise, pepper and sage notes. gamy with stalky acidity and sinewy savoury tannins (****1/2)

Curly Flat Macedon Ranges Pinot Gris 2013

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, creamy barrel fermented style, pear, apple and lychee with some oatmeal nuances, viscous with lemony acidity leading to a flinty finish (****)

Curly Flat Macedon Ranges Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2013, 100% malo, aromatic and generously flavoured nectarine, lime rind, melon and fig, rounded and viscous plate with oatmeal lees and cinnamon/clove oak,  some savoury bacon on the finish, tingly, twitchy grapefruit acidity keeps it driving along (****1/2)

Curly Flat Macedon Ranges Pinot Gris 2012

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2013, fuller than the Grigio release in 2011, partial barrel ferment, creamy pears, apples and lychee with musk and oatmeal nuances, very good line and length, textural with crunchy lemon rind acidity and flintiness on the finish, should develop further with medium cellaring(****1/2)

Curly Flat Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($48)

Drink: 2018+

(GXY) Tasting:  Oct 2012, perfumed, intense and spicy black cherry, cranberry and strawberry with sage and autumn leaves notes, some smoked game complexity , opens further up on back half, a hint of orange peel and stalky/herbally acidity,  spicy cedar oak and a firm tannic structure, better length than the previous drought vintages (****1/2)

Curly Flat Williams Crossing Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting:  Oct 2012, varietal and light-medium bodied red cherry and cranberry with flat sarsparilla, mint and herb notes, gamy and glycerolly with silky tannins with a touch of dark chocolate (***1/2)

Curly Flat Macedon Ranges Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, more generous than usual without losing elegance and length, perfumed and spicy white peach, cumquat, melon and fig, leesy and mealy with cinnamon/clove oak with some savouriness on the finish, penetrating grapefruit acidity (****1/2)

Curly Flat Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, perfumed and spicy red cherry, plum and strawberry with autumn leaves notes, supple and light-medium bodied with a glycerolly mid-palate, opens up on back half to show the chalky minerality, savoury game notes, a hint of orange peel, stalky acidity and the spicy cedar oak (****1/2)

Curly Flay Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($47)

Drink: 2016+

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2010, one of the really good vintages for Curly Flat, a shapely wine that builds intensity and complexity along the palate, red cherry and mulberry with violet, flat sasparilla, rhubarb and pepper notes, becomes quite savoury, earthy and textured on the mid-palate with the firm cedary oak tannins and stemmy acids cutting in on the finish, excellent length and cellaring potential (****1/2)

Curly Flat Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 1999

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2010 - 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2010, I was lucky enough to be around when wine-maker Phil Moraghan cracked this back vintage open, who says that Australian Pinots fall over after five or six years, this 11 year old that is just hitting its straps, vibrant and complex red cherry and mulberry with developed autumn leaf and savoury mushroom notes, infused with spicy cedar with the acids showing plenty of freshness, supple grainy tannins and a dab of chocolate on the finish (****1/2)

Curly Flat Macedon Ranges Chardonnay 2007

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, delicate and taut white peach, nectarine and grapefruit, the seamless palate shows light butter, savoury and wholemeal nuances and a very fine talcy texture, superb length and balance, still a little reserved at the moment but will open up with medium term cellaring (****1/2)

Curly Flat Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($46)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2008, taut entry but opens up nicely to opulent and complex red cherry and dark plum mid-palate with some raspberry sweetness and a touch of violet and black pepper, savoury and medium-full bodied, a bit of flat sarsparilla and cedar on the finish, firmish and persistent tannins (****)

Curly Flat Macedon Ranges Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($46)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2008, attractively focussed and textured wine showing lemon, nectarine, white peach and a touch of honeydew melon with honeysuckle and wheatmeal aspects to the mid-palate, the long finish is dry, poised and austere with a persistent backbone of chalky minerality, just a whisper of toasty oak (****)

Curly Flat Curlewis Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2008, crisp and lean melon, nectarine and white peach with some honeysuckle, chalky mineral base with good length and balance acidity (***1/2)

Curly Flat William's Crossing Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2008, pleasant entry level style showing varietal red cherry and dark plum with enough savoury and mineral texture to hold interest, silky tannins with a touch of dark chocolate on the finish (***1/2)

Curly Flat Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2000

Purchased: Parkhill Cellars, North Melbourne ($45)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Not Reviewed Yet