Team Curly Flat are essentially Pinot Palooza royalty, having been at every Pinot Palooza in every city, EVER. And aside from making some of our favourite pinot noir, they’re nicest bunch of wine folk you could hope to meet.
How was Pinot Palooza for you this year? How did it compare to other years?
Having been a part of Palooza since the beginning we can really appreciate how far it has come. The continual evolution is astounding and this year we feel was most realised tour in terms of both scope and connectivity. As the passion for pinot noir is unquenchable, Pinot Palooza seems unstoppable!
Tell us something cool we don’t know about Curly Flat?
We have an amazing team. We feel that we have an amazing site, but you can assume that’s a given to produce exceptional wine. What isn’t a given is the team we have striving for excellence behind the scenes. Whether it be in the vineyard, the winery, sales or admin, over 15 people contribute daily to make Curly Flat the best it can be, so we’d like people to know about them. People are terroir too!
What style do you think characterises the pinot of your region?
Being Australia’s coolest MAINLAND wine growing region, you expect lithe but powerful pinot noirs, blessed not only with deep complexity that only slow ripening can give, but also great ageing potential thanks to the exceptionally integrated acid line that makes wines of our region walk and talk for themselves!
Tell us three things we need to know about your region?
It’s Australia’s coolest mainland wine growing region.
It has great diversity in its subregions; some warmer and cooler areas allow a range of vinous expressions from sparkling, aromatic white, stunning chardonnay, world class pinot noir to a degree (pun police!) some cool climate reds.
Pockets not paddocks are planted. The area is too inconsistent for contiguous planting, keeps the big producers out allowing small dedicated passionate producers to shine!
What’s the one thing we simply must do in your region?
Make a weekend of it; it’s too expansive a region to meaningfully do in a day. Some fantastic places to eat in Kyneton, Trentham & Daylesford means you’ll suffer with choice! Cellar doors are kilometres apart not crammed side by side, so take your time, unwind, that’s what food and wine is all about!
If not you, who else should people try?
What song should we listen to when driving to the winery?
What song should we listen to when driving away and onto the next one?