2013 Circe Hillcrest Road Pinot Noir

Circe is a relatively new project (the first vintage was 2010) by former Mount Langi Ghiran and current Domaine Chandon winemaker Dan Buckle and his partner Aaron Drummond. They currently produce solely Pinot Noir sourced from selected vineyards in Mornington Peninsula. The Hillcrest Road vineyard used for their flagship wine is in the Red Hill ?subregion,” between Paringa Estate and Tuck?s Ridge, and was planted in 1983. The Pinots are produced at Yering Station?s winery in the neighboring Yarra Valley for the time being. 100% whole-bunch is employed on the Hillcrest Road Pinot, though you would know it from the very subtle aromatic profile it instills in the wine. Dan Buckle clearly has a real talent for spotting great vineyards and forging beautifully understated wines. Anyone wanting to sample new-school Aussie Pinots of the highest caliber and indeed understand the potential for great Pinot Noir from Mornington Peninsula should seek out the Circe Hillcrest Road Vineyard Pinot Noir.
During my visit with Dan and Aaron in December 2014 I tasted through every vintage of the Hillcrest Vineyard produced thus far, including a very promising 2014 barrel sample, which I’ll officially review next year once it’s in bottle.Drink 2015 – 2022. 93+ Points

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