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2014 Curly Flat Pinot Noir

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2014 Curly Flat Pinot Noir

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Estate-grown; open-fermented, 4% whole bunches, three-day cold soak, wild yeast, 20 days on skins. French oak (25% new) for 20 months. The bright crimson colour and fragrant bouquet lead into a supple, full-flavoured (cherry/plum/spice) palate with immaculate length and balance. Will stand tall against its forebears
James Halliday, James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine, December 2014
Campbell Mattinson (2012 Vintage) says
An outstanding release from Curly Flat. Silken, highly aromatic, has fruit depth and yet it’s light on its feet, racy almost, and correspondingly lengthy. This is a Curly Flat Pinot Noir for the true believers. Fleshy, succulent, deep, smooth and spicy. A standout.
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, July 2014
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
A delightful and characterful pinot noir, its spicy allure accented by this cool season  without detrating from seamless, juicy red fruit flow, finely textured mouth feel and great persistence. A triumph.
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
James Halliday, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015, July 2014
Campbell Mattinson (2010 Vintage) says
“Curly Flat is now a mature estate heading into its prime. This is a delicate pinot noir. Restrained. Earthen. Savoury. All good things. Flavours of cherries and mint, brown bread and crushed dry spice. Fine, firm tannin gives it a discipline. Minerally, steely tannin. Water-based rather than alcohol-based, as pinot noir should be. Gorgeous, flavoursome, sappy length. Oak adds texture and polish. Excellent.”
2016 - 2022+
The Wine Front 15th November
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Wonderful limpid ruby of fine pinot noir with complex aromas of floral, mineral and savoury with rose and strawberry and some crunchy stemmy and oak notes in the back ground. Grows in the glass revealing the balance and delicacy that we have come to expect of this producer. The youthfully silky palate is very soft fruit sweet, with fine underlying acidity, good depth of complex middle palate and youthful firm tannin finish. Fun to drink now but great to keep to see the fruit soften the flavours, expand and gain more silk, length and depth. The palate on this wine is superb always very consistent expression of the silky tannins and mouth filling quality of fine pinot with with concentrated red and black cherry often with a floral spice a great line in acidity and fresh pinot varietal character with understated oak and stalk character. When tasted in 2013 a wine to drink from 2015 on.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Healthy, clear red-purple; offers a mix of spicy/savoury and French oak nuances running through the plum and red cherry fruit of the bouquet; the palate is perfectly balanced, and the 22 months in 30% new French oak barrels were judged to perfection. WAK
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright mid garnet; a heady and hedonistic array of red and black fruits, Asian spices and subtle floral notes blend together on the bouquet; the palate is silky, deeply textured and layered, with a tightly wound core of super fresh fruit and mouth-watering acidity; long, silky and beautifully detailed, this will reward careful cellaring, but will be hard to leave alone.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright, deep crimson; a pinot with everything where it should be, even the early picking/low alcohol; this has enhanced the fragrance of the wine without sacrificing ripe fruit flavours on the elegant, light-bodied palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good crimson-purple hue, although not 100% bright; as ever, a complex and powerful wine, with black cherry and plum up front, then spicy/savoury/forest notes accompany the fruit on the back-palate and finish. No doubting the security of the screwcap in protecting freshness.
Now - 2020
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
In the mainstream of the Curly Flat pinot style; supple, velvety red fruits open the story, and persist while complex spicy/foresty notes whisper in the background. Pleasure now or later.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson (2004 Vintage) says
Curly Flat is a meticulously managed vineyard currently converting its vines to biodynamic farming practices. 2004 RELEASE Easily the best Curly Flat pinot noir to date. It's steely, perfumed, powered by medium-weight cherry-plummed flavour and gorgeously cuddled in cedary oak. It has balance, varietal integrity, structure and power. DRINK 2012-2018.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008

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