Chardonnay Macedon Victoria
This is the way it's done on Les grands vignobles de France, whole bunches, extravagant new oak ferments and an extended term of age. Quality of fruit however remains cardinal, terroir and the surrounding elements play the main role, a fortuitous confluence of the Macedon Ranges auspicious soils and propitious climes. Elegant, powerful, a golden delicious Burgundesque style, with the structure to expand and evolve, its vivid muscularity defines Curly Flat as the Chardonnay to match veal escalopes or succulent crackling pork.
The central focus of the entire Curly Flat operation is the vineyard. Philosophy is based on the belief that good and great wine are primarily a product of the vineyard, the site, the soil and how the viticulturalist manages all components of the vineyard. Viticultural practices and all decisions on variety, clones, rootstocks, trellis systems combine to produce the finest of wine grapes. An assemblage of Chardonnay clones P58 and I10V1, I10V3 and I10V5, fruit is all hand picked and whole bunch pressed into a luxuriously high proportion of new French oak for a fortnight of vinification. Half the wine is treated to a course of malolactic, followed by eighteen months maturation on fine sedimentery yeast lees. Alcohol 13.2%
Rich straw hues. Heady nose of preserved lemon and cut lime, nectarine, apricots and peach, savoury notes of sea spray and struck match, hazelnuts, nougat and spiced. Generous and complex, textural, lime citrus over a creamy palate, stone fruits and fleshyness, a wine of powerful length, vinous, luxurious and long.