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Curly Flat Pinot Noir 2011

Curly Flat Pinot Noir 2011

Macedon Ranges, Victoria   |    750ml   |    14%
Curly Flat has become one of our favourite Australian Pinot Noir's over the last decade, and we've watched with keen interest as interest in the winery continues to rise. The 2011 Curly Flat Pinot Noir is again in fine form, delivering a drinking experience rarely found in "new-world' Pinot Noir.

The 2011 Curly Flat Estate Pinot Noir is unmistakably a top class Pinot Noir; the full spectrum of varietal profile is on offer here as earthy, briary tones intersperse with fresh red and black summer berries and straps of red liquorice. Darker notes of black cherries and charred meats then appear, providing a firm stage for all these ethereal notes to play out upon. All this merges seamlessly with interplay of spicy tones which are not only derived by balanced oak inputs but also via subtle whole bunch stem inclusion.

"95 Points. They (correctly) say you should never judge a pinot by its colour, and so it is here. The hue is bright, but very light, almost in rose territory, but the perfume leaps out of the glass, highly floral and spicy, and the palate has a totally delicious array of strawberries, wild and cultivated, the flavours lingering long after it has been swallowed. Brilliant outcome for the vintage. Screwcap. 12.7%. To 2020. $55" - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2015 Edition.

"94 Points. A delightful and characterful Pinot Noir, its spicy allure accented by this cool season without detracting from seamless, juicy red fruit flow, finely textured mouthfeel and great persistence. A triumph. 12.7%" - Tyson Stelzer, WBM, April 2014.

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The inspiration for Curly Flat Vineyard was Phillip Moraghan's experiences whilst studying in Switzerland in the 1980’s. During this period he was captivated by the many wine regions of France and Switzerland and completely enthralled by Burgundy and its Pinot Noir. Fortunately for Phillip, his partner Jeni shared the vision that has brought together the dedicated team to nurture Curly Flat from a romantic ideal to awe-inspiring reality. Pursuit of the dream and a cool climate suited to Pinot Noir, brought Phillip and Jeni to Lancefield in the Macedon Ranges near Melbourne. The high altitude region is ideally suited to wine growing, with well drained volcanic soils and moderate rainfall.
Macedon Ranges
APPEARANCE: Ruby red, youthfully bright and clear.

BOUQUET: A generous array of complex aromatics. Fresh, fragrant fruits of raspberry, cranberry and cherry are the main frame, while supporting savoury notes of charred meats, leather and dried lavender give further depth and dimension.

PALATE: The bouquet translates faithfully into a delicate fruit wave that is now supported by a subtle raft of tannin that floats on a current of lively acidity. The palate journey starts as a single point that gently, but assuredly, expands and evolves into a flourishing finish.

CELLARING SUGGESTIONS: While drinking well now, the optimum drinking window remains some years away. For early drinking we recommend decanting to further liberate the ethereal elements of this wine of poise and subtlety. We expect further complexity to emerge with bottle age over a timeframe of 5 to 10 years and more.

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