The Growing Year to Vintage 2017.

A whole growing season has passed since our last post in August 2016!!  Whilst the blog has been quiet, activity in the vineyard has not, so we thought we would give an overview of the season from pruning last winter through to autumn 2017.

PRUNING is one of the biggest and important tasks in the growing year, setting the foundations for the following harvest.  The vineyard is all pruned by hand and takes approximately 3 months to complete, work taking place come rain or shine!

Celebrating the end of pruning 🙂

A light dusting of snow in July

A very cold start to a beautiful day in August

Always a welcome sight – a rainbow seen from the 98 Block

Winter also saw good rainfall.  By the end of September we were 93 mm above the long term average.  This meant that the vines were well set up with deep soil moisture for the growing year.

The creek overflowing across the road to the vineyard

BUDBURST was early, around the 12th September and was uniform across the blocks. Once again, the frost system provided protection from the early spring frosts.  After the early start, the months of October and November were very cool and the growth was healthy but slow.

New growth.

The overhead sprinklers of the frost system in action.

Tender buds protected under the ice

A slow start

Beautiful even growth in our 2000 block

FLOWERING started around the 12th December, the weather was perfect leading to a really excellent FRUIT SET.  An unexpected frost on the 19th December with temperatures dropping to -1.5 C in parts of the vineyard resulted in burn damage to our 97 Block.

Each individual flower is a potential berry on a bunch

Good weather = good pollination = good fruit set 🙂

A very healthy canopy supporting strong bunch development in the 98 Block

VERAISON was well underway by early February after several months of vigorous growth – the slow start by now a distant memory.  The vineyard team trimmed the unruly canopy to ensure good air circulation and light penetration to the precious fruit.

Veraison – anticipation of the harvest to come.

Trimming and tucking

The powerhouse!

HARVEST 2017 started with a small ‘in house’ pick on the 31st March, with full picking starting on the 3rd April.  The harvest was plentiful with excellent, clean quality fruit. Picking went smoothly, and took in total 8 days to complete, finishing on the 13th April.  The heavy rain that came on the 9th and 10th resulted in a 3 day break in the picking but luckily did not affect the small remaining amount of fruit.

The team taking samples for testing prior to harvest

Beautiful clean bunches of Pinot Noir.

Good harvesting weather for the Pinot Gris

The end of another year.

AUTUMN 2017 sees the vineyard entering winter dormancy and our thoughts are once again turning to pruning which will begin in a week or so at the start of June….the cycle continues 😀

Some of our resident roos enjoying the autumn peace.

Chilly mornings have returned

Mellow yellow – May 2017

 

Cutler & Co. return to Curly Flat

Cutler & Co. return to Curly Flat
Date: 12pm Sunday 17th July, 2016
Location: Curly Flat Vineyard

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SEATS STILL AVAILABLE!

Cutler & Co. will be returning to Curly Flat for a degustation lunch on Sunday 17th July. The partnership of our wines, current and older vintages, with Cutler & Co’s relaxed, yet sophisticated approach to food, have made for many memorable lunches at Curly Flat since 2007. The menu will be posted on our website.

Public transport options are available. Please direct all enquiries to our office on the details below.

The all-inclusive price is $185 / person. These lunches sell out quickly! Book 03 5429 1956  or send by email to mail@curlyflat.com

Cutler & Co. come to Curly Flat Degustation Menu – July 17th

On Arrival

2013 Curly Flat Lacuna Chardonnay or 2015 Curly Flat White Pinot

—Ortiz anchovy on toast Radishes with whipped cod roe Parmesan cracker, fromage blanc
2011 Curly Flat Pinot Gris
2015 Curly Flat Pinot Gris

Grilled calamari, leeks & romesco House made ricotta, romanesco broccoli & pistachio
2010 Curly Flat Chardonnay
2014 Curly Flat Chardonnay

— Smoked duck salad, beetroot and radicchio Spiced roasted pumpkin, comte & salt bush
2011 Curly Flat ‘The Curly’ Pinot Noir
2008 Curly Flat Pinot Noir

Slow roasted lamb shoulder Black barley salad Baby cos and English cream
2013 Curly Flat Pinot Noir
2010 Curly Flat Pinot Noir

— Chocolate & Mandarin
Macedon NV Sparkling
or
2009 Curly Flat Pinot Noir

Wine Australia in Scandinavia

Bagni di Lucca and Beyond

I came to Stockholm and Helsinki to help my sister who is participating in a Wine Australia event. Jeni has a vineyard and winery called Curly Flat in the Macedon Ranges area in Victoria. They produce some of Australia’s best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The first event was in Stockholm in the Opera house, which sits opposite the Royal Palace in Gamla Stan. We had quite a view from our venue. Unfortunately I couldn’t open the windows so the photos of the view mostly didn’t turn out well.

Royal Palace Stockholm

Helsinki was next. This time we were in the summer courtyard of Sipuli restaurant, beside the harbour and below the Russian church.

Russian church Helsinki

Sipuli Restaurant

Russian church Helsinki

The room was set up beautifully.

Sipuli Helsinki

Wine Australia event Helsinki

Russian church Helsinki

Wine Australia event Helsinki

The event was well attended and we met some delightful and interesting people. Having a Finnish surname sparked quite a few conversations.

Wine Australia event

Both the Swedish and Finnish governments have a monopoly on alcohol. It…

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Curly Flat comes to Bistro Moncur

CURLY FLAT COMES TO BISTRO MONCUR

On the 5th of August, we’ll be heading up to Bistro Moncur situated in the Woollahra Hotel in Woollahra, NSW.  We won’t be coming empty handed of course, as we’ll be bringing two chardonnays as well as five Pinot Noirs including the single lot release ‘The Curly’.  It will be a great night of cool climate wine and warming winter food, what could be better?

The cost of $170 p/person includes entry to Pinot Noir Australia on August the 6th 5.30 -8.30 p.m. With over 150 Australian Pinot Noirs to try, its not to be missed…

All bookings & enquiries are to be made through Curly Flat,  please phone us on 03 5429 1956 or via email: office@curlyflat.com  Please find the degustation menu below:

Monday  5th  August  2013, 6.30 pm

Curly Flat Wine Dinner @ Bistro Moncur (Chef Sam Kane)

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Jerusalem Artichoke Velouté with Oyster Beignets

2011 Curly Flat Chardonnay

2010 Curly Flat Chardonnay

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Salad of Beetroot & Heirloom Carrots

Woodside Goats Curd

Sunflower seeds& Pomegranate

2007 & 2009 Curly Flat Pinot Noir

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 Pan Roasted Duck Breast, Duck Confit Pithiviers & Braised Witlof

 2008 & 2010   Curly Flat Pinot Noir

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 Today’s Cheeses with Crackers Walnuts, Quince Paste & Apple

2010 Curly Flat “The Curly” Pinot Noir

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 Coffee & Petit Fours

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97 points for 2011 Curly Flat Chardonnay – Gourmet Wine Traveller, May 2013

2011 CF ChardonnayEDIT

 

 

As they say, nothing good comes easy.  With our 2011 vintage, that well worn adage transcended from philosophy to fact.  Despite 2011 being our most challenging vintage to date, we have managed to grow and craft some of our finest wines to date.  But that’s all fine for us to believe that, but nothing beats what you think or how a wine is actually received by the wine community.  So here is Bob Campbell MW & Huon Hooke’s perspective on our 2011 CF Chardonnay, courtesy of Gourmet Wine Traveller

2011 Curly Flat Chardonnay, Macedon Ranges Review

“Bright, light yellow colour; very subtle restrained aromas, fresh and citrusy, the oak is almost invisible.  In the mouth it’s precise and fine, long and refreshing.  A superb wine with a long future.”  97 Points  Cellar for: 9 years 

The 2011 Curly Flat Chardonnay will be officially released in August 2013.

Union Dining Comes to Curly Flat – Lunch Menu 5/5/13

As we welcome the return of Union Dining to Curly Flat, Chef Nicky Riemer with her flare for provincial European cuisine (along with her team) will provide a culinary backdrop to highlight the complexity and longevity of Curly Flat wines.

With the lunch long sold out, please find below the menu which celebrates the perennial union where inspired food & great wine meet…enjoy!

Union Dining comes to Curly Flat, Sunday May 5th 2013

2012 Curly Flat Pinot Gris (upon arrival)

 Ocean trout coulibiac, yabby & pear salad

2010 Curly Flat Chardonnay

2011 Curly Flat Chardonnay

 Confit rabbit & saucisse de Morteaux, roast beetroot & quinoa, pecorino

2008 Curly Flat Pinot Noir

2010 Curly Flat Pinot Noir

 Hopkins River brisket braised in Pedro Ximenez, onion soubise,

Otway shiitake mushrooms & crisp caperberries

Butter roasted cauliflower

2007 Curly Flat Pinot Noir

2009 Curly Flat Pinot Noir

Lancashire cheddar with spiced apple & currant pastries

1998 Curly Flat Pinot Noir

“Coulibiac” is a traditional Russian dish which is made up of fish rolled in crepes and baked in brioche.

“Soubise” is slowly cooked onions, cooked to a puree, not caramelised