Jenifer and Phillip were determined to build quality in every aspect of their operation and they poured every resource into their 'baby', Curly Flat without compromise in the pursuit of excellence in wine quality with little or no regard to short-term or even medium-term return on investment.
As of late October 2017, Curly Flat is now owned and operated by Jenifer Kolkka along with Matt Harrop (ex Shadowfax) joining the team as Chief Winemaker to oversee the grape and wine production alongside our existing skilled team.
Clones: P58, I1V01, I1V03, I1V05
Alcohol: 13.6% pH: 3.22 TA: 7.2 g/L
MLF: 20% Oak: 18 months in French oak. 37% new, 63% older.
Tasting Note Bouquet: A complex nose of bakers spice and white florals, struck match and sea spray salinity. Notes of lemon curd, preserved lime and fresh fig form a nose that is rich yet delicate.
Palate: Powerfully elegant citrus driven palate, with grapefruit leading the charge. Seamless structure and mineral acidity provide elegant undercarriage and length to the immediately satisfying front and mid palate. Cellaring: Drinking very well now, rewards await cellaring over the next five to ten years.
Season notes Vintage 2016 commenced with budburst in September. Summer was consistently warm, but not hot, with only one day exceeding 40 degrees at the Curly Flat vineyards. Most days were in the low 30s or less. Harvest commenced in early March, the earliest vintage in Curly Flat history. This is not to say that the fruit ripened quicker (there was no contraction in our average maturation window of 110 days), rather the season started earlier and maintained an intensity throughout. The combination of our site and the 2016 season have combined to form powerful wines of concentration while maintaining the tension and length to age gracefully for many years to come.