By the short and curlies


Curly Flat, of the Macedon Ranges, is perhaps best known as a pinot noir producer, and its pinot is very good, but chardonnay is even better (tasting notes).

If Curly Flat has more fame for pinot, it’s probably a sign that great chardonnay is much easier to find than great pinot, at least in Australia.

Having recently tasting the ‘complete works’ of Curly Flat pinot (tasting notes) and chardonnay (tasting notes), I’m thrilled about the quality of the recent pinots, and excited about the new ‘reserve-style’ pinot, called The Curly (tasting notes), but it’s the chardonnays that proved most consistently superb.

Ever since the screwcap replaced the cork in the 2004 vintage, the wines have been amazing, with the exception of the rather forward ’07, which was merely good.

The oldest wine, 1998, is still drinking beautifully if you find one with a good cork. The 2011 pinots were unbottled when I tasted, and are therefore not reviewed, but like most Victorians from that cool, wet season, they are much lighter wines, and should be good in a fragrant early-drinking style.

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