All wines are 750ml unless otherwise specied. Prices do not include Consumption Tax. RRP= Recommended Retail Price.-9-Great Dividing RangeMelbourne●Macedon RangesCurly Flat★PhotoTop left: Winery owner Jenifer KolkkaAbove right: Pilot Noir vineyards showing the lyre trellis and windmill for powerBottom left: Matt Harrop (3rd from left) and staBottom right: Pinot Noir vineyard showing lyre trellis (Block 98)Curly Flat Chardonnay 2016 (screw cap)Origin: Macedon Ranges, Vic. Varietal: Chardonnay Alc. 13.1% RRP¥7,000Refreshing aromas of white owers and citrus are framed by notes of gs and spice. Powerfully elegant citrus driven palate, with grapefruit leading the charge. Seamless structure and mineral acidity, with 18 months in French oak (37% new) adding complexity and length. Wine Reviewer 95pts/Wine Business Magazine 94ptsCurly Flat Pinot Noir 2015 (screw cap)Origin: Macedon Ranges, Vic. Varietal: Pinot Noir Alc. 14.1% RRP¥8,200Curly Flat’s agship wine. From an exceptional growing season, producing powerful fruit wrapped around a core of great acidity. Violets, black cherries and wild raspberry swirl as scents of undergrowth and potpourri enhance complexity on the rich, fragrant and savoury nose. Recommended drinking 2020-2035. James Halliday 95pts.CODE10666CODE11159Our extraction is very gentle, once ferment kicks off we pump over once or twice a day for the first two-thirds of fermentation, then plunge a couple of times for the backend of fermentation. The wines are pressed after 3 or 4 weeks and left to settle, then go into barrels for a natural malolactic fermentation and are just left alone. So the winemaking is very simple, but it can be because we put so much effort and time into the vineyard. ◆How do you approach Chardonnay?Macedon Chardonnays have a flavour spectrum that starts with citrus/ grapefruit characters close to harvest, then into white stone fruit, and as it gets too ripe yellow stone fruit, and orange tropical fruits if you pick very late. We like the white stone fruit spectrum, a touch of grapefruit, nectarine and white peach. There are not a lot of places in Australia where we can grow Chardonnay fruit with these flavours because we ripen very slowly. Our Chardonnay is hand harvested in 7 to 8 separate picks, usually close to each other, whole bunch pressed, settled overnight, the cloudy juice is racked into barrels with up to 25 percent new oak. We use large format oak hogsheads and puncheons rather than barriques, indigenous ferment, and in years like 2020 encourage the malo to go through in spring, so there will be very little acidity. ◆How did COVID-19 and the bushfires impact Curly Flat?Currently the city of Melbourne is under stage 3 lockdown ‒ stay at home, restaurants are closed except for takeaway food. Here in Macedon and Curly Flat we are still in stage 2 which is social distancing, but the vibe is getting worse each day. They may soon lock down the whole state ‒ and we can’t travel interstate to New South Wales. It is devastating for our friends in hospitality who won’t recover from this. The first wave in mid-March we had social distancing and have now got used to it, hand sanitizer and other measures that were new to us. COVID-19 didn’t affect harvest, we just had to be careful of distancing, and got the grapes in. When you think of what has happened in other wine regions in Australia with the bushfires in December and January, they didn’t affect us thankfully, as we are quite open here, and aren’t surrounded by bush, so we had no smoke effect. However vintage 2020 produced a tiny crop, the result of overcast, wet and windy conditions in November and December that unsettled flowering, producing both low bunch numbers and low bunch weight. It affected the whole of southern Australia from the eastern seaboard, the Hunter, the Canberra region, across southern Victoria and into South Australia. We have a tiny crop and are very happy with the quality, but we really are just waiting for 2020 to go away.◆What does the future hold for curly Flat?We can’t see any lessening in demand for Pinot. We know it is very specific to where it grows in France and around the world. It can only grow it in cool places ‒ in Australia that is southern Victoria or Tasmania. We have 14 hectares of vines, and starting in 2019 through 2021 will plant an extra 5 hectares, all in Pinot Noir. Our 2019 planting is 100 percent MV6, the 2020 planting will include new French clones to give us more aromatics. Over time they should enable us to expand production by 2000 dozen a year.A leading Australian maker of Pinot Noirs, Curly Flat is a boutique winery that has produced high-quality wines since its first vintage in 1998. Winemaker Matt Harrop, who took over from founder/winemaker Phillip Moraghan in 2017, works with owner Jenifer Kolkka who financially supported its early development working as a director of a major bank. Matt applies an extensive knowledge from 15 years of winemaking in the Macedon Ranges region, to further refining the Curly Flat identity and quality. We look forward to tasting the future evolution of Curly Flat wines.《From Village Cellars》MV6: The original source of Australian Pinot NoirThe growing interest in Pinot Noir in Australia has put a spotlight on the MV6 (Mother Vine 6) clone. James Busby is reputed to have been bought cuttings from the Clos de Vougeot to Australia in 1831, in the collection of vines he planted in Botany Bay. In the 1830s, cuttings from that stock found their way to Kelman and Irrawang vineyards in the Hunter Valley, and subsequently Maurice O’Shea planted it at Mount Pleasant in 1921, where he often blended it with Shiraz. The Mount Pleasant planting is the source of all MV6 in Australia today. Colin Preece, head winemaker at Seppelt Great Western, introduced MV6 in Victoria in the late 1960s, including to his friend John Middleton who planted it at Mount Mary in the Yarra Valley in 1971, as did Bailey Carrodus at Yarra Yering and Nat White at Main Ridge on the Mornington Peninsula. At Curly Flat, it was planted in the rst block in 1992. Today it is the most widely planted Pinot Noir clone in Australia.

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