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.
Aromas: Dark Berry. Savoury. Floral.
Palate: Rich. Complex. Structured."
Rated Excellent & 93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, March 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"No mistaking the aromas of Pinot Noir, Otago and the ruggedness that is the landscape of the area – cherry and dried herb, bracken and dried red berries. Oak is present, but not invasive and distracting – seems more about the toast level than the spice. Dry on the palate with flavours of place before fruit, texture before wood. Firm youthful tannins and acidity add a layer of taut youthful energy as well as a foundation of power. Lengthy, new, dry, firm and attention seeking. Well made. Best drinking from 2022 through 2026."
92/100 NZ Wine Rater, September 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"An a-typical wine on the nose that took time in the glass to open up. When it did there were high tone notes of African violet, dark fruit, wild herbs, nettles, liquorice, and some savoury oak. Full, fleshy with good flavour concentration but also keen acidity and drying tannins. Needs time in the bottle or food as it's a bit challenging at this stage of its evolution."