About This Wine
Mornington Peninsula Wines
South of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula grape growing region has a cool, maritime climate that is most known for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay production. Other varieties that have seen some success here include Pinot Gris and Tempranillo.
However, it does seem that Pinot Noir is their focus judging from the fact that The Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration is held once every two years. The event displays the region’s capabilities in making some of Australia’s finest Pinot Noir in front of local and international audiences.
The Wine Front – Circe is the pet project of Dan Buckle and Aaron Drummond. This is the label’s Mornington pinot, off three vineyards. It would be fair to say Dan Buckle is an outstanding winemaker. This is more of an enthusiast’s wine than a crowd pleaser – and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s smoky, sinewy, reductive and meaty. It’s shot with spice. Before we get too carried away I should note that there’s nothing too challenging about it; it presents as seamless and neat, its oak, spice and tannin at one with each other. The heart of the wine here is all beet, earth and forest berries; sweetness and aromatic flamboyance have been largely eschewed. Put your nose near it and you get that ferrous, smokin’ barrels, sulphurous hit. I like it. It’s not showy; it’s a slow burner.