2017 Ceres "Composition" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago (Elsewhere $30) SKU #1421917

Price: $19.99

SK 95 DC 91
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K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Dark, deep, black-hued red with lighter garnet hues on the rim. The nose is soft and full with harmoniously concentrated aromas of ripe, dark red berry fruits melded with dark plum notes, liquorice and earth, and nuances of spice and thyme herbs. Medium-full bodied, the palate features soft, sweet and plush, ripe dark red berry and plum fruit flavour intermixed with thyme herbs, liquorice earth and undergrowth detail. The fruit lusciousness is supported and balanced by fine-grained tannin extraction providing good structure and mouthfeel. Integrated acidity enlivens the drive and the wine flows to a long and sustained finish with juicy fruit and a fine-texture. This is a soft, plush and juicy Pinot Noir with dark berry, plum, and thyme herb flavours, and a fine-textured mouthfeel."

Staff Reviews

  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    This smells like classic Central Otago, dark cherries dusted with fine savory herbs. Bright fruits with layers of spice, herbs, and earth with just enough tannin to give it presence and enough acidity to give it a cool sleek feel. There is a whole lot of wine here.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Very impressive for the money. The Dicey family / Mt. Difficulty pedigree is on full display here. Sourced from some of the very best vineyard sites in the region, hand-crafted by a veteran winemaker and yet still hitting our shelves for under $20!? Showing the hallmark juicy, brambly fruit and wild thyme so indicative of Bannockburn Pinot Noir. This wine is firing on all cylinders. Lovely purity of fruit but also showing some complex, savory elements. The texture is supple and tannins fine grained - again far more suave than the wine's price point might suggest. What a bargain.
    Top Value!
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    Ceres Wines is a small, family winery operated by brothers Matt and James Dicey, started in 2005. James is the viticultralist for renowned Central Otago producer Mt. Difficulty and Matt has been winemaker at Mt. Difficulty for over twenty years. Together, they produce tiny quantities Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Pinot Gris in the heart of Bannockburn, which is arguably New Zealand's greatest sub-zone for Pinot Noir. The Composition Pinot Noir is sourced from two vineyards the Dicey brothers have been working with since the winery's inception: Black Rabbit and Inlet Vineyards, which have since become estate properties of Mt. Difficulty. The nose here is dark and earthy, the palate is full and softly textured. There’s a small element of whole cluster, which wonderfully adds just enough structure and bite. The acid, builds and builds on this wine, ending in a crescendo of zippy red fruits, cranberry, and blackberry that resonates through the finish. What a hidden gem at phenomenal price.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose on this wine is savory, it shows more earth and stemmy character at first then the fruit joins in the back but never takes over it just supports and adds dimension to the nose. On the palate the wine is supple but with very good acidity, lots of lift and some well-defined tannins. Flavors are less fruity and a combination of smoke, porcini and then some dark fruit behind. On the finish the wine shows more tannic structure as the suppleness tightens up. Quite a wine for $20
  • Elsa Baez
    By: Elsa Baez
    K&L Staff Member
    Another great Central Otago find thanks to our buyer! Savory strawberry, ripe raspberries, hint of black pepper on the nose (quite expressive if you ask me!) finishing off with cherry, soft tannins and spicy undertones really lift this Pinot. I typically don't drink red wine alone, however, this pinot is fantastic on its own and complex enough to pair with a roasted chicken. Don't let this one slip away!
  • Cameron Price
    By: Cameron Price
    K&L Staff Member
    Very surprised by this wine! An enticingly spicy nose of raspberry and strawberry tart. The palate has an astonishing freshness with crisp acidity and ripe spicy tannins and finish long and beautiful on the palate. No need to second guess this wine.
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    Ceres' 'Composition' Pinot is quite a treat. Rich, complex and savory on the nose, it almost belies its Pinot Noir nature but the fruit profile on the palate reassures and rewards the Pinot lover. Long cherried fruit, fine coating tannins and a lovely spice all combine seamlessly into one very pleasurable glass of win. Whether you intend to sit with it and contemplate or simply sip and enjoy with a meal it won't disappoint.
    Top Value!
  • Miles Philippe
    By: Miles Philippe
    K&L Staff Member
    A fascinating expression of Pinot Noir! It's got a savory nose that presents a little bit of black pepper and meat, with dark cherry as the main fruit. The palate retains that savory and dark aspect of the nose, but the acidic structure lifts everything up to an elegant presentation! On the finish, there's a slight black pepper note that lingers with the dark cherry. Pour this alongside some heartier meat and vegetable dishes, and it'll elevate the meal to the next level!


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