Dicey Black Rabbit Pinot Noir 2019

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.

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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.

About This Wine

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).

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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.

Brothers Matt and James Dicey are Central Otago locals that are behind the regions newest rising star; Dicey.

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