Thursday, 7 March 2013

Ceres Wines

Ceres Wines Pinot Noir - a vertical tasting ('05, '06, '07, '08, '09 & '10)

Ceres is a collaboration between the Dicey families involved in the wine industry in Central Otago. Between us we have a combined total of 35 years experience in growing grapes and making wine. We have a passion for focussed hand crafted wines that reflect the environment they are grown in. We want our wines to best express the vintage and vineyards they were created in.
The wine is named after the Roman goddess of agriculture - Ceres - using sustainable practices we reflect our respect for the land.  We believe that focussed viticulture and a minimalist wine making approach allows for the full expression of Pinot Noir grown in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago.

2005 'Composition' 14%abv
A maturing wine appearance, but essentially a true Burgundy hue of ruby red.
N: Integrated - dried autumn leaves, a range of cherry aromas from light to moderate and a developing savory core.

P:  Reflects the nose with a seamless gentle, feminine, mature lovely feel; fine integrated tannins. Drink now and through 2013 and into 2014.
4.5 Stars

2006 'Composition' 14.5%abv
N: Integrated, displays aromas of savory red cherry fruits, light brown spices and carefully selected oak.

P: Medium+ complexity and stil quite youthful overall; the fruit flavors of cherry, a little strawberry and raspberry return enhanced with medium acid; tannins are also moderate in their presence with a fine dusty feel; drinking well now and through 2014.
4.5 Stars

2007 'Composition' 14%abv
N: The 2007 vintage and its fine examples of Pinot Noir definitely include this expression....keen and youthful with light, medium to dark cherry fruits, a savory spice-laced dried herb quality and soil notes 

P: Fruit and savory flavors show immediately with a vibrant and youthful feel, medium+ acidity gives the wine a brightness on the palate, fine medium tannins with a dusty quality; balanced with a long finish.
5 Stars (90 points)

2008 Composition 14%
N: Delicate and feminine and displays a pinosity that becomes more sophisticated as the wine 'opens up'. Some key varietal attributes include strawberry and raspberry fruits then some cherry and a light savory note - overall a medium complexity.

P: Fine tannins, a slightly drier wine than expected yet balanced overall; flavors of light red fruits return with a medium acidity, length and complexity. A lovely drinking wine through the rest of 2013.
4 Stars

2009 Composition 13.8%
N: A cherry enriched fruity bouquet with a red apple skin layer, moderate to moderate+ oak and medium+ complexity.

P: Firm, crisp and dry with plenty of pinosity and Pinot Noir fruit flavors, youthful tannins and medium+ acidity, a wine to savor now (big glass, perhaps a simple black trumpet and feta ravioli with white truffle oil) or cellar for up to 5 years more (2017). Medium++ length with the textures from the acid and oak giving a satisfying finish.
5 stars (90 Points)

2010 Composition  14%
N: Youth and packed with fruit and oak aromas; darker cherry fruits, some Central Otago under growth and earthy qualities.

P: Plenty of light red fruit flavors blend well with medium+ acidity and newish oak. The stamp of Central Otago lingers with the ripe light red fruits, schist notes and undergrowth. Lots of texture and palate appeal - a lovely example and perhaps ready for drinking in 2014.
5 Stars (91 Points)

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