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2011 Circe Hillcrest Chardonnay

$40.00

Citrus and nectarine flecked with honeydew melon, all held together with integrated acidity and smoked almond oak.

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The second vintage of releases from Circe wines are immensely appealing to me. May the partnership between Dan Buckle and Aaron Drummond continue to flourish. Slightly off topic, I was speaking to Dan at his recent Sparkling Summit (held at Chandon where he is now head winemaker) and he mentioned the challenges involved in tasting Sparkling bases first thing in the morning and then moving onto still, table Chardonnays. “I feel like I have to clean them all up!” BOOM!!!

More flesh than the Red Hill South Vineyard version. It’s apparent on the nose and in the mouth. Which is not to say it lacks detail or incisiveness. Citrus and nectarine flecked with honeydew melon, all held together with integrated acidity and smoked almond oak. More emphasis on texture here but it’s punchy through the finish with flinty accents. A triumph in every way.

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for 2011 Circe Hillcrest Chardonnay

Jeremy Pringle

The second vintage of releases from Circe wines is immensely appealing to me. May the partnership between Dan Buckle and Aaron Drummond continue to flourish.

More flesh than the Red Hill South Vineyard version. It’s apparent on the nose and in the mouth. Which is not to say it lacks detail or incisiveness. Citrus and nectarine flecked with honeydew melon, all held together with integrated acidity and smoked almond oak. More emphasis on texture here but it’s punchy through the finish with flinty accents. A triumph in every way.

Excellent - Jeremy Pringle

Mike Bennie

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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