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Ceres ‘Black Rabbit’ Bannockburn Riesling 2017

10 August,2017
The Ceres label of the Dicey family in Bannockburn, Central Otago is maturing. The family operate four vineyards, these being the ‘Inlet’, ‘Black Rabbit’, ‘Full Circle’ and ‘Swansong’ sites, all in the Bannockburn sub-region. The initial wines were blends from the different vineyards, and the wines came under the ‘Composition’ tier. As the vines have grown in age, and the sites become balanced, we are seeing the introduction of single vineyard bottlings which capture the nature and terroir of the vineyards. Viticulturist James Dicey takes care of the vineyards and fruit, and the wine is made by Matt Dicey, better known as the winemaker of Mt Difficulty. The whole operation is overseen by the vastly experienced Robin Dicey, one of the region’s most respected viticultural pioneers. Here, I review the new 2017 Ceres ‘Black Rabbit’ Riesling, sporting a new designer, artistic label. www.cereswines.co.nz

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Ceres ‘Black Rabbit’ Bannockburn Central Otago Riesling 2017

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago

18.5+/20
Bright, light straw-yellow colour with suggestions of green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very elegant and tight with finely concentrated aroma of white and yellow stonefruits, subtle citrus fruit notes, some honeysuckle and thirst-quenching wet-stone minerals. The freshness is attractive and the aromatics build in intensity with aeration.. Sweet to taste and light-bodied, the palate features fragrant and aromatic, bright and lively fruit flavours of limes with white and yellow floral and honeysuckle. The fruit richness and residual sugar lend a near unctuous mouthfeel which is balanced by plenty of fruit extract and fine phenolic textures, and refreshing, lacy acidity. This has lovely poise, and the succulent fruit flavours carry to an elegantly concentrated finish with soft mineral nuances. This is a beautifully rich and luscious, near unctuous medium-sweet Riesling with lime, floral and honied flavours, fine textures and mineral element. Clean fruit with no botrytis, from the ‘Black Rabbit’ vineyard, indigenous yeast fermented in tank to 10.6% alc. and 45 g/L RS. 18.5+/20 Aug 2017 RRP $27.95
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