Dicey Bannockburn Riesling 2020 (6 Bottles) Bannockburn, Central Otago

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AT FIRST SIP-Hello green nectarine and citrus. Mandarins galore which seems to be a thing for Central Riesling. An off-dry style which welcomes the positive avalanche of pomelo/green apple/white nectarine like acidity. Overall balanced and thirst quenching. AFTER A FEW-Oh boy we do love cool climate Riesling.

92pts Bob Campbell MW, 94 pts Cameron Douglas MS

2020 was a cold year (coldest since 2005), challenges aside the fruit was tiny yet bursting with flavour.

‘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 Dicey’s.

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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