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 (2021 Vintage)
"Nose — Black currant. Spice. Earth
Palate — Juicy. Opulent. Lively.
Fruit harvested mid-season. 84% destemmed, 16% left as whole bunch. 20 days on skins, hand punched down daily. Indigenous yeast, natural malolactic fermentation in barrel. 11 months in neutral oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in March 2022."
Reviews for the 2020 vintage below…
Rated Excellent & 94/100 Cameron Douglas MS, August 2021 (2020 Vintage)
"A fantastic bouquet of roses and red cherry, sweet plum and raspberry, a layer of minerality and whisper of dried herb. Crisp, fruity, floral, refreshing and dry with flavours that mirror the nose, an abundance of tannins with a fine chalky edge, contrasting acid line and a core of flavour that just won’t stop! A delicious example, well made and ready. Best drinking from today and through 2026. Be quick!"
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2020 Vintage)
"From a cold growing season, the ruby hued (not entirely clear) 2020 vintage was matured for 11 months in old oak barrels, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Fragrant and savoury, it is highly characterful, with good body, fresh acidity and plummy, spicy, slightly nutty flavours, finely textured and rich."
93/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review (2020 Vintage)
"Light, fresh gamay with red cherry, plum, violet, savoury and fresh herb flavours. One of only seven New Zealand gamays I have tasted and certainly one of the best. A soft-textured wine with a lingering finish."
Rating Excellent, Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times (2020 Vintage)
"Grows with aeration. Wildness, burnt bramble, berryfruits, full of intrigue. Juicy, crunchy palate showcasing raspberry, dark berries spice and bonfire embers. Medium-bodied yet deceptive power to this, building in depth and structure with the flavours lingering on the long, crisp finish. Unfiltered, so a little cloudy and I suspect best drunk in its youthful vibrancy."