Circe Utopies Shiraz, Grampians
The inaugural 2015 vintage of the Utopies was very well received, with Mike Bennie describing it as 'a belter.' And little wonder. The wine is a collaboration between Circe and Nowhere Creek. The winemaker calling the shots is Dan Buckle, the senior winemaker at Domaine Chandon. The fruit is sourced from the same vineyard that supplies Mount Langi Ghiran. The wine is an exploration of Grampians terroir and revels in the discovery of what this region can do in the right hands.
The GrampiansLocated in western Central Victoria, the Grampians was settled during the gold rush of the 1850’s. Indeed the vivid history of the gold rush is inextricably intertwined with the history of viticulture in the region. Seppelt at Great Western, one of the region’s iconic wineries was built at the end of the gold rush when scores of out-of-work prospectors excavated its extensive drives and cellars. The "drives" completed in 1932, stretch for three kilometres and provide perfect conditions for the maturation of sparkling wine, for which the region is well-known. The climate of the Grampians is Mediterranean and essentially cool with vineyards situated at elevations ranging from 240 to 350m. The region experiences long sunshine hours and low rainfall necessitating supplementary irrigation. Soils in the region range from weathered volcanic soils to sandy and red clay loams interspersed with ironstone. The region is suited to a diverse range of varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon but is best known for its crisp fruity Riesling and distinctive spicy peppery Shiraz.