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Dice x Dicey Pinot Noir 2022 (2L Box)

2 litres of hand-crafted, Central Otago Pinot Noir — in a box. That’s almost 2.65 bottles in one handy little recycled cardboard brick AND you can have one glass tonight, one glass tomorrow night and maybe not have another until next weekend. This cute little cube on cube will keep your quality quaff fresh and fruity for 3-4 weeks.

$110.00 $99.00

2 litres of hand-crafted, Central Otago Pinot Noir — in a box. That’s almost 2.65 bottles in one handy little recycled cardboard brick AND you can have one glass tonight, one glass tomorrow night and maybe not have another until next weekend. This cute little cube on cube will keep your quality quaff fresh and fruity for 3-4 weeks.

AT FIRST SIP- Bright red and purple fruit with lifted florals and a slight savoury herbal note. 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.

Why the Dice?

"Alternative packaging has been on our radar for a while. Almost 30% of carbon emissions from making wine come from producing and shipping glass bottles.

“Switching to wine in a box for the 97 percent of wines that are made to be consumed within a year would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about two million tons, or the equivalent of retiring 400,000 cars.” (Source — The New York Times, Drink outside the Box)

This feels like the right thing to do. One thing’s for sure, it’s definitely a dicey thing to do!" - Matt Dicey (Caretaker) 

This wine takes Pinot Noir from three vineyards within the Cromwell basin. The vineyards are either in conversion to organic or sustainably certified. 45% Bannockburn, 40% Bendigo and 15% Pisa. Fermented with 16% whole bunch which was achieved through a mixture of fully destemmed ferments and others with 30-40% whole bunch. 100% wild fermented and 11 months in barrel 16% of which was new. 

  

‘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).

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Once your payment has been approved, we will book your delivery in through Sendle via either Couriers Please or FastWay / Aramex, for next available pickup. Please allow 4-5 days for most metro areas and up to 10 days for more remote places, (although delivery may occur sooner than quoted). Please note that wine will only be delivered to persons over 18 years of age. You will receive an email notification once your order has been dispatched.

It's up for debate between Patagonia and Central Otago as the most southern wine region in the world. Either way, that gives you an idea of just how far south it is. This means short winter days and long summer days, all with dramatic shifts in temperatures often within mere hours. 

Central Otago was pioneered by a handful of producers, in various corners of the region; Rippon in Wanaka, Black Ridge in Earnscleugh/Alexandra,  and Gibbston Valley wines and Chard Farm in Gibbston Valley. The early 80s marked the beginning of commercial winemaking in the region with this dedicated quartet. Taking their advice from local farmers and stone fruit growers. In a blink of an eye in wine terms, Pinot Noir from Central Otago quickly emerged on the world stage with an impressive debut. The region shot to fame in Pinot circles for the quintessential NZ 'pungency', expressive and sometimes enormous flavours. The 2000's marked the coming of age for the region as winemakers and viticulturists began to refine their last 20-30 years experience with this semi desert region. 

The Sub-regions of Central Otago are listed from south to north are; Earnscleugh/Alexandra, Gibbston Valley, Bannockburn, Lowburn, Bendigo, Wanaka and Waitaki (although in North Otago, the region is so small it's best to consider it alongside Central Otago)

Today, Pinot Noir is barely over 5% of New Zealand's wine growing acreage, and most of it is (upwards of 80%) is still planted to Pinot Noir. Riesling is the dark horse here as well as some extra lithe yet lush Chardonnay. Pinot Noir here under the best producers have reached a stage of elegant power, singing natural acidity and perfume yet with that oh so satiating 'Otago' suppleness. 

Our favourite producers from the area are;  Akitu, Alpine Wine Co., Felton Road, Burn Cottage, Mount Edward, Prophets Rock, Rippon and Valli.

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

Anyone who has visited Central Otago cellar doors over the last 20 years will have in some way come into contact with this sibling duo behind the newly created Dicey. James is the grower with Matt the caretaker. They are two brothers that are also neighbours. They are fierce about wine, family and Bannockburn – the land where they have put down roots. Wine runs deep for the Dicey's, their passion for the industry and Central Otago exudes out of every stunning bottle. 

Undoubtedly sustainability is high on their priority list with all of their vineyards being certified organic and every vineyard they purchase from is either organic, in conversion or sustainably certified. Now exploring packaging the gents have just released the "Dice x Dicey Pinot Noir" which comes in a bag-in-box (recyclable) format which reduces carbon emissions by up to 30%.

 

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