Mike Bennie – Winefront

Another Wine Writer quoted winemaker Dan Buckle in June 2011 ’whilst he says he really can’t imagine ever wanting to leave the Old Block vines of Langi, he’s fascinated with the opportunity to make pinot noir and test some ideas’ – and test some ideas he did. A shift to Chandon in the Yarra Valley for Buckle hasn’t slowed down his partnership with friend Aaron Drummond, as the Circe Pinot Noir is joined by chardonnay, a vintage blanc de blanc and a rose wine. Buckle’s keen eye for detail, finely honed palate and judicious intervention sees a little less hand on tiller and a little more vineyard verity in these personal project wines. Low yielding, dry grown, hand tended vines in the mix. The vineyard is located on Hillcrest Road in Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula, with about 3 acres under vine.Striking for purity. You don’t drink with your eyes but the almost clear, crystal-like colour is immediately noticed – then aromas waft, gentle and fine. Light spice, struck quartz, hint of citrus, just sliced apple. The palate is pristine, frisky and very taught, but there is a gentle, elegant appeal. Delicate yet underpinned by steely lacework of acidity that keeps the wine ultra-bright and crisp. Threads of fruit tease off the main, slender frame. It’s light on, but massively drinkable in that way, so bask in the restraint and finesse.

Mike Bennie – Winefront 

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