The Ceres Composition Pinot Noir is a beautifully composed and stunning Pinot from the Dicey family in Central Otago. It is no stranger to incredible accolades having taken out the IWSC Bouchard Finlayson Trophy for their 2013 Composition Pinot Noir and the 2015 filled the top Pinot Noir spot at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards in the UK.
Ceres’ is the Central Otago brand of the Dicey family. Father Robin and sons James and Matt have had an integral involvement in many aspects of Central Otago wine since the early 1990's. The family were founding partners in Mt Difficulty with Matt being the winemaker since its inception in 1996. They know their stuff!
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"Briary dark berry, savoury dried herb with garrigue notes decorate this elegant Pinot Noir. It presents a good texture through the palate with finely structured tannins while a graphite note appears through structure then flows to wild herb and savoury blackberry re-emerges.
Ceres Bannockburn Pinot Noir is made up of fruit from 2 vineyards in the sub-region of Bannockburn. Inlet Vineyard is situated on a river terrace above the Bannockburn inlet. Planted 2002. The soils are loess ranging from 200—600mm on top of deep clay gravels, around 160,000 years old. On an elevation of 225—245m. 5.25 ha. Black Rabbit Vineyard is situated on Renshaw Ridge above the Bannockburn inlet. Ancient geology ranging from 4—400 million years old. The site is a steep North East facing slope with windblown schist loess over bedrock schist. On an elevation of 250—315m. 3.46 ha.
The wine is a blend of 68% Inlet Vineyard and 32% Black Rabbit Vineyard. The fruit spent 28 days on skins; 9 days cold soak, 8 days in ferment, 11 days post ferment. It spent 12 months in barrel prior to a natural malolactic fermentation. The wine was filtered but not fined prior to bottling in May 2018."
Rated Excellent & 94/100 Cameron Douglas MS, February 2021 (2018 Vintage)
"Really lovely bouquet filled with flowers and scents of light red berry fruits, finely-tuned selection of oak, mineral and fresh porcini. On the palate – dry, textured, fruity and loaded with pinosity. Flavours of red berries, dried herb and layered savoury complexity are contrasted by the fruit and sweetness of wood and barrel spices. This wine will continue to age and integrate finding harmony at around 6 years. Best drinking from late 2021 through 2028+."
4 Stars Cuisine Pinot Noir Tasting, April 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Bright-red fruits with a hint of cherry leaf on the nose and similarly reflected in the palate with taut, chewy and juicy, yet silky, tannins and chalky acidity to boot. A layered, complex and simply delicious and well-balanced wine that is both elegant and poised."
Reviews for 2017 vintage below…
5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, October 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"It is magnificently composed and delightfully expressed, showing dark cherry, plum, vanilla, warm spice and olive characters on the with a touch of floral lift. The palate is concentrated and beautifully rounded, delivering plush mouthfeel and succulent fruit intensity, leading to a persistent polished finish. At its best: now to 2022."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2017 Vintage)
"Weighty and supple, the 2017 vintage is a ruby-hued, fruit-packed red, mouthfilling and youthful. Fresh and sweet-fruited, it has vibrant cherry, plum and spice flavours, good tannin support, and obvious potential; best drinking 2021+."