Can you capture a time and place and trap it in a bottle? Every harvest, we try. The elements needed to craft a Dicey wine are the vineyard plus heat, rain, wind. The precise amounts of each vary from year to year. The grapes endure the fury of nature and then we harvest them by hand.
2019 was a year of contrasts: frost, snow, rain, drought and wind storms. We were lucky. There was good weather during December when the vines were flowering, and a long, cool ripening period (but with frosts to keep us on our toes). A nice touch of dried herbs, thyme and sage, overlays the red berry aromas and there is an exotic note of star anise and red liquorice too. On the palate there is masses of ripe, bold fruit harnessed by a strong savoury character and a chewy, tannic backbone.
Nose — Dark cherry. Violet. Perfume.
Palate — Focus. Purity. Persistence.