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2011 Red Hill South Vineyard Chardonnay

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Opens up with the subtle fragrance of lemons alongside hints of herbs and stone fruit kernels. Whispers of fruit flavour on the palate, green apple and pear, yet they echo profoundly.

92pts, by Jeremy Pringle >See all

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Opens up with the subtle fragrance of lemons alongside hints of herbs and stone fruit kernels. Whispers of fruit flavour on the palate, green apple and pear, yet they echo profoundly. Linear with a lengthy wet slate finish. Precision personified with scintillating energy marking it as a wine to watch. Should it fulfil its potential (and having tasted it over three days I think it will) the rating should go up. Circe are certainly going forwards. And go forth they should.

 

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for 2011 Red Hill South Vineyard Chardonnay

James Halliday - 93 pts

While fresh and zesty, with lemon and grapefruit still very much in the picture, has reached that critical point of optimum ripeness and balance, the conclusion an elegant wine that will develop slowly but surely.

93 Points –  James Halliday

Mike Bennie - 92 pts

Whoowee, more from Dan Buckle (ex-Mount Langi now Chandon) in his personal project from the Mornington Peninsula. The thoughtful winemaker has taken fruit from Red Hill for this chardonnay wine, evidently sitting in the echelon just below the well-received Hillcrest Road vineyard chardonnay in the Circe folio. More hands-off winemaking, per se, in the search for Mornington verity.

Honeysuckle, bees wax, paraffin, struck quartz and wet stone aromas. Cool and fresh bouquet. In the mouth an energetic wash of pure, clean, juicy fruit flavours but tempered by an even, light framework of lacy, crisp, green fruited acidity and the refreshing clip of alpine herbs. A subtle flow of feathery, talc and slate mineral-like briskness sits underneath the wine, driving long and fine. Pretty simple in terms of what most would consider complexity in chardonnay, but the understated nature of this wine is unnerving and positive. Massively drinkable and fine. Go here. Restraint = sexiness.

92 pts – Mike Bennie

Jeremy Pringle

The less expensive Circe Chardonnay from 2011 is a razor’s edge affair. All cut and thrust, drive and penetration. It will benefit from extended cellaring or a thorough decant. Coiled and intense, if you drink it now please don’t serve it too cold.

Opens up with the subtle fragrance of lemons alongside hints of herbs and stone fruit kernels. Whispers of fruit flavour on the palate, green apple and pear, yet they echo profoundly. Linear with a lengthy wet slate finish. Precision personified with scintillating energy marking it as a wine to watch. Should it fulfil its potential (and having tasted it over three days I think it will) the rating should go up. Circe are certainly going forwards. And go forth they should.

Very Good – Excellent – Jeremy Pringle

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