After the challenges of the 2011 vintage, 2012 was a dream. Quite dry but mild temperatures and no major heat spikes allowed us to get full ripeness and retain fantastic acidity. The vines were naturally low yielding due to lack of rain (while it pleased us, it hasn’t pleased the accountant!) Yield was less than 1.8tn to the acre. Hand harvesting also ensured only the best parcels made it into the cellar.
Grapes were harvested at around 12.5° Baume with perfect natural acidity, then partially destemmed with 60% whole bunch included in the vat. The must was cold soaked or five days prior to a warm fermentation with hand plunging twice daily. Two gentle foot stompings at the end of fermentation to break up the fruit. After pressing the wine finished fermentation in small French barriques, where it underwent natural mlf. Wines sat on lees without racking for twelve months before bottling.
for 2012 Circe Pinot Noir
Jeremy Pringle - 93 pts
An alluring perfume of red cherries and raspberry, whole bunch stalks and pressed flowers with spice and a faint suggestion of cured meats. The palate is delicate with a gently sweet lilt that makes it highly approachable right now. Fresh fruit and a diaphanous line of acidity. Underlying hints of cranberry, plum skins and blood orange. Herbal and twiggy notes add intrigue. A light to medium-bodied Pinot of exquisite, translucent appeal. Seek it out.
WineGenius.com - 95 pts
This is a relatively new wine for Wine Genius. Immensely elegant with enough fruit power to create ample palate weight and fruit intensity. Maraschino cherry, rose petals and exotic spice. Textural, with gentle tannins and brilliant balance. A wine that we will be keeping a close eye on. Drink 2013 – 2017.
Royal Melbourne Show - 95 pts
Gold Medal !
Lisa Perotti Brown - 90 pts
Pale ruby-purple in color, the 2012 Pinot Noir has quite a stemmy nose marked by notes of dried herbs over the core of freshly crushed red berries and hints of cloves. Light to medium-bodied with a great intensity of cranberry and Bing cherry flavors, it is structured with crisp acid and a low level of chewy tannins and is finishing long. Drink it now to 2017+.
Nick Stock - 94 pts
The 2012 Circe Pinot Noir gives the Mornington Peninsula establishment a good nudge. Style and value.