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Ceres ‘Black Rabbit’ Riesling 2018 and ‘Composition’ Pinot Noir 2017

12 October,2018

The influential Central Otago Dicey wine family has ‘Ceres’ as their own label, based on the fruit from their ‘Inlet’, ‘Black Rabbit’, ‘Full Circle’ and ‘Swansong’ vineyards sited around Bannockburn. In the earlier stages of development, wines made from blends of the different sites were used. But as the vines have matured and the family grow in understanding of the terroirs, Ceres has released a number of single vineyard wines that express the character of the site. The ‘flagship’ wines are the single vineyard Pinot Noirs under ‘The Artists Collection’ tier (click here to see my recent reviews of the two top 2016 wines). Here, I review the new single vineyard ‘Black Rabbit’ Riesling 2018, and the ‘Composition’ Pinot Noir 2017 made from fruit blended from the ‘Inlet’ and ‘Black Rabbit’ vineyards. www.cereswines.co.nz


Ceres ‘Black Rabbit’ Bannockburn Central Otago Riesling 2018

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago


Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, youthful in appearance. The nose is beautifully pure and pristine with aromas of white florals, lime fruit and subtle notes of fresh herbs and very delicate mouthwatering mineral notes. This shows excellent intensity and is an expression of elegance and refinement. Medium sweet to taste and light-bodied, the palate has a very finely concentrated and taut core of white florals and lime fruit, along with subtle notes of herbs and honey, with thirst-quenching minerals. The palate is tightly bound and intensely packed, but refined in proportion. The wine flows along a fine-textured line of fruit extract and phenolics, with crisp, lacy acidity balancing the sweetness and providing mouthwatering freshness. The flavours are long and sustained. This is a beautifully refined, taut, medium-sweet Riesling with floral, lime, honey and mineral flavours with a fine line and crisp acidity. Serve as an aperitif and with fruit over the next 4+ years. Fruit from the ‘Black Rabbit’ vineyard, fermented in stainless-steel to 10.7% alc. and 34.6 g/L RS, TA 8.0 g/l and pH 3.1. 19.0-/20 Oct 2018 RRP $27.95

Ceres ‘Composition’ Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago


Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with black hues at the heart, lighter on the rim with slight purple hues. The nose is youthfully firm with aromas of ripe dark-red and black cherry and berry fruit entwined with a layer of dark herbs and subtle whole bunch stalk elements. Some savoury floral perfumes add to the interest. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich and firm core of sweet fruit with packed, deep and dense flavours of dark-red and black cherries and berries intermingling with thyme herbs, some whole bunch stalk perfumes and a hint of reduction. The fruit richness is supported by good, grainy tannin extraction lending structure, grip and mouthfeel, and the is in the background providing freshness. The flavours carry to a long, textured finish. This is a rich and firm Pinot Noir with ripe dark-red and black berry fruits with herb and stalk complexities on a well-structured palate. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 6+ years. Bannockburn fruit, 70% from the ‘Inlet’ and 30% from the ‘Black Rabbit’ vineyards, indigenous yeast fermented with 10% whole bunches on average to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 25% new oak. 18.5/20 Oct 2018 RRP $39.95

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