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

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AT FIRST SIP-So very Bannockburn, dark cherry, crunchy plum and boysenberry. Fresh wild thyme, anise and a warm schist sensation. Cracked black pepper seasoned tannins, some gentle oak richness in the background. These shoulders will soften with time, drinking well into the next 10 years. AFTER A FEW-Some sort of fancy game pie would be near heaven with this.

95pts Bob Campbell MW, 95 pts Cameron Douglas MS

‘2019 was a year of contrasts’, luckily it really came together during flowering and settled into a cool, slow ripening period. 20% wholebunches were used in a wild yeast fermentation. 24 days maceration before being transferred to 4 year old barrels. Natural Malolactic fermentation was completed before being bottles unfined.

The vineyard: “The basement geology of Black Rabbit is 400 million years old. The site is a steep North-facing slope with younger windblown schist loess over ancient bedrock schist. The vineyard was planted in 2002. On an elevation of 250 –315m. 3.5 ha.”-James Dicey, winegrower.

‘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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