Curly Flat Lacuna Chardonnay 2017 (750ml)

APPEARANCE
Pale, golden straw.

BOUQUET
Fine white floral aromatics merge with a melange of stone fruits and lemon curd. Wisps of sea spray and baking spice imbues savoury complexity.

PALATE
Vibrant citrus and white peach flesh flows upon a bed of minerality. Subtle and complexing lees character drives both flavour and texture along the fresh palate line.

CELLARING SUGGESTIONS
Still youthful and drinking well now, we expect bottle age will deliver greater savoury depth over time. With its vibrant acid line, we see an ultimate drinking window that will remain open until around 2022.

HISTORY: '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.

 

REVIEWS

  • 2017 Curly Flat LACUNA Chardonnay
    Score: 93+
    Review by: Campbell Mattinson
    , The Wine Front
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    First release of a Lacuna Chardonnay from Curly Flat since the 2013 vintage. Lacuna Chardonnay is essentially an unoaked style, though with this 2017 release 15% sees neutral oak (and this same 15% is allowed to go through mlf). This is a lean, long style in desperate need of either a) extra time in bottle or b) a good stint in a decanter. It’s beautifully textured and structured but it needs time for the flesh to build, and indeed the flavour. It’s there, it’s coming. There’s a gorgeous saline/lactose character here; it just needs some patience. White peach is the mainstay. I almost overlooked this wine at first but every time I came back to it things had improved for the better.
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2011 |  2013 | 

Closure
Screw Cap

Winemaker
Site & Season!

% Alcohol
12.5

Maturation
Resting on lees for 12 months in 85% 300lt Stainless Steel barrels and 15% neutral French oak. Bottled May 2017.

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