2019 Curly 'Central' Flat Pinot Noir
Some wines become much loved after just a generation. Curly Flat is one of those. Though you’ll find it in thoughtful restaurants and bottle shops most places, it’s not that bad kind of ubiquitous.
Gifted local master Matt Harrop joined the fold in 2017, whose talents can only take this local pinot close toward the mythical Leunig vision on which Curly Flat was named.
Central is from MV6 clone grown in the warmest part of the vineyard, giving rise to a more robust wine.
100% MV6 clone Pinot Noir, this block represents what has been the structural heart of Curly Flat Pinot Noir since our first vintage in 1998. Northern facing and nestled upon a gentle slope that rises to the south, this block is a natural amphitheatre for the sun to interact with these maturing vines that are bedded in geologically young soils (2 million years) consisting of rare volcanic, of which have only known to have occurred in Australia throughout small parts of our region. The wines grown here consist of fine, detailed tannin and expresses both aromatically and rich in both fruit and fragrance.
“It’s from the estate’s 1992 planting, aka its oldest vines. It was fermented wild before going into 27% new oak. This takes the tannin up another notch; I was bowled over by this, it’s a terrific wine. Meaty, smoky, plum-shot, silken, cedar-laced. But bold with tannin. Muscular in a nuanced way. The ‘standard’ Curly Flat pinot noir grew on me over the hours; this one hit me with its quality immediately. You can see the grains in this and I mean that as a positive; it’s like an LP, analog, grainy, its flavours told in grooves. Drink : 2022 - 2028+”
95 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front