Dicey is the Central Otago brand of the Dicey brothers. 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 until now and James viticulturalist for many well known Central Otago wineries. They know their stuff!
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"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.
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.
Aromas: Dark berry. Savoury. Graphite.
Palate: Juicy. Powerful. Layered."
Rated Outstanding & 95/100 Cameron Douglas MS, March 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Pinosity and personality – aromas of wild flowers and red berries, dusty dried herbs and mineral with a smashed stone scent. On the palate – closed, youthful, taut and hiding. Lots of texture and character with firm fruit tannins, wild thyme and dried herb then flavours of red apple, cherry, plum and wood spices. A wine about the core of fruit reflecting environment then use of old barrel. Young and needs some time to integrate and find harmony. Best drinking from late 2022 through 2029+."