2019 Curly 'Western' Flat Pinot Noir
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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.
Western is from the coolest part of the vineyard using clones 115 & 114 which generate a more delicate and perfumed wine. As with our inaugural 2018 Western Pinot Noir, our 2019 has been sourced from our coolest viticultural sites. Planted in 1997 & 1998 these blocks now form the fragrant peak of Curly Flat Pinot Noir. Eastern facing and situated on a rising slope to the west, the upper areas receive the morning to midday sun but receive only dappled light come late afternoon, providing for slower ripening and greater retention of aromatics. While the majority of soils in this area are geologically young volcanic red soils, select parcels find themselves situated in soils eroded from an ancient seafloor dating back 430 million years. We call this area ‘white dirt’ due to the noticeably lighter appearance.
“Deep red/purple colour, with a sweetly-scented raspberry, black cherry and mixed spice bouquet. The wine is full and ample, rounded and supple-textured, loaded with delicious intense pinot flavours and ample soft, fine-grained tannins, the aftertaste lingering long. A superb pinot, thoroughly delicious in every way. The tannins suggest it will take some age to advantage. (From the westernmost and coolest site, the vines planted in 1997 and 1998.)” 2022-2034
96 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review