A different expression of Curly Flat Chardonnay. Always made in 100% new oak but in 350 litre puncheons rather than the usual 228 litre barrique.
Initial scents of sea spray, fresh toast and struck match fuse with citrus fruits mainly lemon and lime, along with hints of grapefruit. Lemon and apple blossom provide ethereal high points. A nose that merges power with grace, as French oak lends a regal polish to the fruit.
The immediately rich, creamy yet finely textured mouthfeel creates a luxurious platform for the lemon zest citrus and fresh cut stone fruits to pulse forward along a wave of glistening cool climate acidity.
An intense expression of cool climate Chardonnay. Definitely has the Curly Flat frame, but wearing different clothes. Expect the full journey in the cellar here over 10+ years.
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Mid gold colour, pale and bright struck match, sea spray swirls with white stone fruit and grapefruit. Mouth filling palate with good tension, evident oak structure giving the beautifully maturing fruit plenty of shape and interest. Drink 2020-2028.