2019 Curly Flat Chardonnay
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A truly cool climate expression of Chardonnay with complexity and purity. Volcanic soils, 19 to 27 year old vines, Pressed as Whole bunches, fermented with Indigenous Yeasts, Partial Malolactic fermentation, 14 months on lees, aged 35% in new oak. The 2019 growing season is noted for warm days, cool nights and low rainfall, manifesting complex and textured Chardonnay that’s equal parts flesh and minerality.
“The wine epitomises the potential of the Macedon Ranges for cool climate varieties; there is such concentration and texture yet only 12.7% alcohol and a baseline of mineral acidity that is more akin to quality Burgundy. The nose has white peach that is laced with spice and almond meal, the palate shows an understated elegance with stone fruits and lees inputs building slowly whilst being tempered by citrus and lifted by spiced impact of quality oak. The finish has piercing stone fruits, mealy richness and driving acidity that both hold your attention and focus now, but underwrite a significant future for the wine.”
96 points, Patrick Eckel, Wine Reviewer (winereviewer.com.au)