2011 ‘The Curly’ Pinot Noir – Chene De Beaux Monts Barrels

For the 2011 vintage we we’re given a special opportunity to acquire barrels all sourced from one 400 year old French oak tree from the forests of Northern France.  Sadly, the tree had to be felled for structural reasons after some particularly bad weather, so at least it was being put to good use. Needless to say we jumped at this rare opportunity and employed these barrels to make one special wine; The Curly 2011 Pinot Noir.  The barrels even have their own name; Chene De Beaux Monts, which translates into ‘Wood of the Beautiful Mountains’, and beautiful oak it is.

barrel head chene

The cooler vintage of 2011 provided a unique expression of our site, and in regards to our Pinot Noir it allowed for an elegant, floral yet subtlety substantial wine with great persistence and length.  The barrels themselves do not overplay the fruit, but enhance it with a gliding raft of savoury tannin and enhancing the innate spicy floral character of the 2011 vintage.This is our ideal in terms of the role of oak at Curly Flat, to accentuate the unique character of our vineyard.

Here is a video of the very 400 year old tree at various stages after felling, from being measured out, sawn into large sections, and ultimately the staves themselves being crafted.

From there we always like to remind people The Curly” is not a reserve wine, rather it is a particular batch that is different to the main blend. The first “The Curly” Pinot was the 2010 (97 points from Halliday) which was 100% whole bunch and 100% new oak. The 2011 continues the theme of 100% new oak but it is very special oak. What is also unique about this 400 year old oak is the tightness of its grain. The tighter the grain the more subtle and integrated the oak influence, and for us, and certainly in terms of “The Curly”, less is more.  For our full tasting note please visit our website: http://www.curlyflat.com/wines/2011-the-curly-pinot-noir

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Scores/Reviews for 2011 ‘The Curly’ Pinot Noir

95 PointsDrink to 2020  James Halliday 2015 Australian Wine Companion

93 Points –  Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front (review below)

“The toughest of years has produced a beautiful drink.  It’s light in colour but high on fragrance. It smells pretty much tremendous. Fistfuls of spice, autumn leaves, fresh cherries, wood. It tastes similarly, all washy and juicy and strung intricately together, a band on the run, in synch, in tune, on song. Spice, savouriness, leafiness; all are the spirit of the day. But there’s some sweetness too to the fruit, and it plays well. Not deep, not profound; uplifting.” Drink to 2019+

 Chene De Beaux Montage

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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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