Brothers Matt and James and their father Robin, have a passion for focussed hand crafted wines that reflect the Bannockburn region. Ceres is the Roman Goddess of Agriculture. We wanted our wines to reflect the vineyards they are grown on. We also respect the land and have a comprehensive and ethical approach to viticulture meaning we only employ truly sustainable practises. All the vineyards that are part of Ceres are 100% Sustainable accredited under the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand programme. The SWNZ program encapsulates the baseline for sustainability. At Ceres we go a lot further than this baseline always selecting farming practices that create as light a footprint on the land as possible. The overall goal is to improve the environment we grow grapes in. We use the minimal amount of chemicals possible choosing viticultural practises that are as gentle as possible to the land. We replace the nutrients we take from the soil with a sophisticated fertiliser program that aims to achieve optimal soil balance. Our harsh growing environment, particularly our very cold winters, means we have a very low insect load and can farm without insecticides. Great wine is made on the vineyard and the most important input is the grapes – hence the choice of the goddess of farming. The Dicey clan are originally from the Ceres region in South Africa.
Bright pale straw colour, very pale on rim. The bouquet is fresh and bright with softly concentrated white stone fruit kernel aromas entwined with layers of flint and chalky minerals, revealing white floral notes. Dryish to taste and medium to medium-full bodied, the palate features a well-concentrated core of white stone fruits melded with honeysuckle and floral elements, and complexing mineral detail. This has crisp and refreshing acidity to balance the fruit depth, and the wine has a lively mouth-feel. The wine follows a fine-textured phenolic line leading to a concentrated, dry finish.