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.
Complex and perfumed. An embodiment of richness and restraint. The fruit and oak marriage is seamless. Lemon and lime, white peach and apricot mix with toasty French oak spice.
Immediately powerful fruit and focused acidity surge across the palate before being assuaged by creamy oak. Contrasts continue as minerality pervades throughout the fleshiness, and fine texture provides a subtle but certain frame for both now and the future. As for the finish, it goes on and on.
A very complex wine and while layers are already on offer, the crescendo lays many years ahead, likely peaking somewhere in the vicinity of 10-15 years.
How is this drinking now?
Mid gold colour, pale and bright. Some oyster shell, white stone fruits, a hint of reductive complexity, smoky wood on the plush palate that’s both fresh tense and long. Lingering notes of white florals, some nectarine and crushed quartz characters drive a palate that tightens with bracing acidity. Drink 2020 – 2028.