Dan Buckle and Aaron Drummond met at Mount Langi Ghiran in 2007, where Dan received considerable international acclaim for his winemaking and particularly, Shiraz. After several vintages of Shiraz it was inevitable that the conversation would turn to any other varietal except Shiraz. Both Aaron and Dan grew up on the Mornington Peninsula, and they were keen and curious as to what they could do with Pinot Noir from such great soil.
The name Circe derives from Homer and is a nice metaphor for the seductions (and perils) of Pinot Noir.
2010 was the first release of Circe Pinot, When the opportunity to lease this vineyard came up, Dan felt immediately that this was a special piece of land. North facing, with predominantly MV6 clone, the vines have been tended immaculately over the last 17 years. They took lease of this vineyard prior to flowering in 2009, and set about bunch thinning to give us 1.5 tonnes per acre and it is classic Red Hill soil— deep red Basalt Volcanic. Minimal pesticide and fungicides are used, and no herbicide (glyphosate). Dan and Aaron do their best in terms of environment.
“I am not a believer in either biodynamics or organics, I think the solution to sustainability includes modern science. My children’s future is front of mind in how we farm at Circe”
Dan Buckle has worked at Yering Station as winemaker, before that he was at Coldstream Hills as cellar hand. He studied Wine Science at Charles Stuart University in Wagga and has also done vintages at Château Carsin in Bordeaux in 1997, Champagne Devaux in 1999 and Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot and Dom de Courcel in Burgundy.
Victoria/Mornington Peninsula/Red Hill