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Pinot Noir Curly Flat 2018 Macedon Ranges

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chardonnay, pinot-noir

Tasting Notes

"Dried rose perfume in with some fresh mint, deep raspberry favour, a little almond and vanilla, plus some spice. It’s ripe, but not overly so, with cool acidity, a dusting of graphite tannin, and a long biscuity finish. It’s generous in style, but keeps itself trim. I’m particularly tickle by the quality of tannin here. Excellent” Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

More Info

Robin: "I’ve been aware of the reputation of Curly Flat for many years, but so little was imported, sometimes none. A much-admired winemaker, Matt Harrop, took over the vineyards and winemaking in 2017. I tried the 2017, which I could have got at the time, but after drinking the 2018, like some critics, I thought this was a serious step up, and I made a particular effort to get hold of some. Curly Flat Pinot comes from the Macendon Ranges of Victoria and is a neighbor of the legendary winemaker Bindi. Their original block was planted in 1992. Matt has added a touch more brightness and finesse to the wines, which were already much admired. 


“This is a watershed for this producer with such well-assembled complexity, well-guarded purity and the kind of bright, vibrant tannin that is rarely seen outside Burgundy. Intense aromas of blood orange, pomegranate, red cherry, boldly spicy oak and a sapid, reductive edge. Lots of energy here. The palate has rich red and dark-cherry flavour with crisply defined tannins that carry long and refreshed into the finish with assertive acidity. Crunchy red-fruit finish. Try from 2023.”
Nick Stock
“Translucent garnet colour. Intense and convincingly savoury nose. Nothing sweet and simple about this. Clearly the product of a vineyard where Pinot Noir is very comfortable. A hint of mushrooms in a cream sauce on the nose. No obvious oak. Gentle texture in which freshness dominates the decidedly moderate level of fine tannin. Really very lovely. Though relatively delicate and only medium bodied. May remind burgundy lovers of a fine Volnay. Neat finish. 17 points”
Jancis Robinson MW

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