Curly Flat Lacuna Chardonnay 2011

Clear, brilliant, pale gold with green tinge.

Moderate, yet complex and fresh. Citrus tones, mostly grapefruit, with pervading hints of lemon blossom, white stone fruit & fresh cut rockmelon. Complex support from an entwinement of lees that merges with crisp minerality.

Medium plus in weight, immediate lively acidity, complexity of bouquet flows through to give a layered palate with different fruits appearing, such as apricot; creamy, with good texture and a long lingering finish.

WINE: 'Lacuna' is a stylistically different Chardonnay to our regular Chardonnay.

Essentially, they are the two styles found in Burgundy - the home of the greatest Chardonnays in the world. One is the traditional barrel fermented style found in Meursault, Puligny and Chassagne and the other is Chablis which classically has less, if any, oak inputs.

The difference for us here is in the winery, not necessarily the vineyard - though, over time, at Curly Flat we may identify a particular block or combination of blocks, that are best suited to 'Lacuna'. Some years we could mature some of the 'Lacuna' in older, more neutral oak.  Some years may see no oak,  We may go to larger format barrels, such as 500 or 600 litres

We speak of 'Lacuna' as our approach to produce a Chardonnay that speaks more of the fruit and place, and hence requires a different approach in the winery, particularly in minimising overt influences of oak - in both fermentation and aging.  Time continues to tell us more, allowing us to let the seasons speak more purely for themselves.

A focused, linear and balanced Chardonnay with generous but structured primary fruit, generous secondary characters and lively acidity, reminiscent of the old world.

Still youthful, but exhibiting signs of ability to age. This vintage provides natural acid backbone, coupled with good fruit flesh, suggests it will go on for 8 years plus.



  • 2011 Curly Flat Lacuna Chardonnay
    Score: 94 Points
    Review by: James Halliday
    , Australian Wine Companion 2014
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    Picked 4 May '11, unoaked but with lees contact for nine months; part wild, part inoculated fermentation, mlf occurring naturally. Bright straw-green; throwing all the focus on the fruit has worked very well, for the palate is full of flavour spanning nectarine, white peach and grapefruit, with a slightly creamy note ex mlf and lees contact.
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Resting on lees for 9 months and, for this release, no oak inputs were utilised.

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