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 cherry. Violet. Perfume.
Palate: Focus. Purity. Persistence."
Rated Excellent & 94/100 Cameron Douglas MS, March 2021 (2020 Vintage)
"Fine, complex and varietal with aromas of red berries, plum and wild raspberry, a depth and complexity as well as a core of fruit that has a softness about it before oak spice and dried herb layers through. On the palate – calm, fruit centric palate with contrasting firm-ish tannins then acidity. Dried herb, old barrel spice, bracken, hay and stony mineral are all contrasted by a core of fruit. Youthful needing cellar time, but also drinkable today with the right protein . Best window for drinking is from 2022 through 2028+."