Dicey Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2019 (6 Bottles) Bannockburn, Central Otago

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AT FIRST SIP- Lavender shrub, blue plums and crunchy red cherries. There’s a certain flashy vibrancy to the fruit on the palate, accompanied by toasty oak depth. Tannins are firm and keep everything running in the same direction. Lovely now and will continue a delicious ride for another 5 years. AFTER A FEW- unequivocally Otago but perhaps not as you know it, this is the new wave and would be nirvana with five spice duck.

94pts Bob Campbell MW, 93 Pts Cameron Douglas MS

This wine takes Pinot Noir from Dicey’s Inlet and Black Rabbit vineyard. A small proportion was kept as whole clusters (10%) and the rest was destemmed for 25 day maceration. Indigenous yeast was used to kick off fermentation as well as a natural malolactic fermentation. Barely punched down once a day and 12 months in barrel with 17% new oak, bottled unfined.

‘Dicey’ – defined as ‘Unpredictable and potentially risky’

James is the grower, Matt the caretaker. Two brothers, Two neighbours. Fierce about wine, family, and Bannockburn – the land where they have put down roots. Wine runs deep for the Diceys.

All fruit for Dicey is sourced from the family’s vineyards in the Bannockburn sub region of Central Otago. They are aiming for Biogro certification in 2022 (currently in conversion).



About Dicey Wines

Wine is about place. Dicey is a place that is a rocky pocket of Central Otago: Bannockburn. It’s not easy to make wine here. Hoar frosts. Wind. Bitter cold and crackling heat. The land is unforgiving and the wines express that struggle.

The fruit comes from three vineyards started by three families transcending two generations. James and Odelle have The Inlet. Matt and Ali belong to Black Rabbit. Their pioneering parents, Robin and Margi, own their Swansong.

Our vineyards are named Swansong, Black Rabbit, and Inlet. Swansong is steep — the vines clawing their way along terraces of eroded gravel and clay. Black Rabbit sits on ancient bedrock, vines nestled into windblown soil. Inlet’s vines drape over a terrace of deep river gravel. We coax the best out of these reluctant soils by striving for balance.

Dicey Bannockburn wines pay homage. They tell the annual story of the region and share the colours of each season. The Single Vineyard wines have an even sharper focus.

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