Curly Flat Pinot Noir 2010

APPEARANCE
Light/Medium Ruby red. Youthfully bright and clear.

BOUQUET
Unmistakably Pinot Noir. The full spectrum of the Pinot Noir profile is on offer here as earthy, briary tones intersperse with fresh red and black summer berries and straps of red liquorice. Darker notes of black cherries and charred meats then appear, providing a firm stage for all these ethereal notes to play out upon. All this merges seamlessly with interplay of spicy tones which are not only derived by balanced oak inputs but also via subtle whole bunch stem inclusion.

PALATE
With an initially medium plus weight the palate is immediately mouth filling with texture, then sweeps sharply into focus as a flood of primary and secondary characters glide upon a graceful, yet driving, acid line coupled with fine tannin support. The passage all the while gains momentum towards a finish that persists and returns in waves.

CELLARING SUGGESTIONS
Whilst drinking well now we feel there is easily 10 years of development ahead, we like to think longer given solid acid backbone and the myriad of characters there are to develop here. This wine will reward patient cellaring as troves of savoury secondary characters await to take the place of the currently more youthful fruit driven profile.


 

REVIEWS

  • 2010 Curly Flat Pinot Noir
    Review by: Chris Shanahan
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      Vigneron Phillip Moraghan says, “Vintage 2010 was a joy after the incredibly low yielding 2009”. We could add it’s a joy to drink too, and likely to remain so for a few decades. I place it in the very top ranks of Australian pinot noir – and all the more appealing because it moves well away from the strawberry-like fruit flavours we see in so many. Fruit sweetness remains crucial, but top pinot should also be earthy, savoury and richly, smoothly textured with a quite firm but fine tannin backbone. This pretty well describes the outstanding Curly Flat.   
  • 2010 Curly Flat Pinot Noir
    Score: 94+
    Review by: Campbell Mattinson
    , The Wine Front
  • 2010 Curly Flat Pinot Noir
    Score: 5 out of 5
    Review by: Ben Thomas
    , The Weekly Review
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    Winemaker Phillip Moraghan believes this is the best Curly Flat pinot to date. Perfumed and pretty, it is packed with cherry, plum, raspberry, toasty oak and spice flavours. Part of this was fermented with whole bunches – stalks and all – which has imparted a perfumed lift and a stalky vegetal character that adds an extra layer of complexity. There’s fabulous energy and tension to this – hallmarks of a great wine – along with silky-smooth texture, bright acidity and a finish that fans out and builds intensity as it flows along the tongue.  
  • 2010 Curly Flat Pinot Noir
    Score: 95 Points
    Review by: James Halliday
    , Australian Wine Companion 2013
  • 2010 Curly Flat Pinot Noir
    Score: 95 Points
    Review by: Huon Hooke
    , http://www.huonhooke.com
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    Medium to light red/purple colour. Shy but charming aromas, a hint of vanilla and cherry bubblegum. Soft, fleshy and smooth in the mouth. Good density and flesh. Delicious red and darker fruit flavours. Great charm and deliciousness. Long, long finish. Very good wine.

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Closure
WAK Screw Cap

Winemaker
Phillip Moraghan, Matt Regan

Grape Variety
Pinot Noir

Date Bottled
March 2012

% Alcohol
13.9

Acidity
6.0

pH
3.58

Maturation
100% French Oak. 22 Months on lees.

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