93+ Points. Mike Bennie – Winefront Hillcrest 2012

From a vineyard planted in 1993 in the Red Hill area of Mornington Peninsula, and a kind of home base for Circe wines. It uses 100% whole bunches in the ferment.

Primal, expressive, untamed – it’s an exhilarating wine for drinking with pause and urgency. Structure is absent in many ways, pepper, spice, dried green herbs, sous bois and earthiness lead a flavour and aroma profile that hums with brooding intent. That being said, fruit, in purest sense, is fleeting with wild forest berry and briary the characters most akin. The wine jags then trims through the palate, shows a mesh of sleek ropes of tannin ending in pucker, is stern and inward. Vin de garde needing time and concentration. Reminds me of Main Ridge in some senses, but there’s uniqueness in personality at play. Worthy intrigue. 93+ Points. Mike Bennie – Winefront

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