If you ever wanted a reminder of just how cool the Macedon Ranges can be, look no further than this Curly Flat Chardonnay 2021.
It’s so tight, so crystalline so barely formed. I can see the magic, but only because I’ve tasted so many vintages to know. Otherwise, it feels so backward – a bit of banana cream, maybe even some thing herbaceous, milky hints, white rock, white nectarine. The palate is tightly wound in grapefruit acidity too, the oak adding a layer of richness but also some oak tannins (which you wouldn’t notice if the wine had more weight).
This is vinfanticide. My score looks low and will be so for a few years yet, but this simply isn’t ready.
Best drinking: give it two more years in bottle. Then drink for many years. 17.7/20, 92/100+. 13.2%, $48. Curly Flat website. Would I buy it? I’ll still take a bottle for the cellar. The promise is there.
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