Ceres Wines wins the coveted Pinot Noir Trophy
Ceres Wines wins the coveted IWSC Bouchard Finlayson Pinot Noir Trophy
Thursday, 10 October 2013
Press Release: Ceres Wines
For immediate release
CROMWELL, Central Otago, New Zealand, 10 October 2013.
Ceres Wines, a tiny artisan wine producer from Bannockburn in Central Otago, has won the coveted International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) Bouchard Finlayson trophy for Pinot Noir. The trophy is awarded to the top Pinot Noir from entries received from around the globe. It is the third time in a row that the trophy has been awarded to wines produced in Central Otago, with Peregrine receiving the award in 2011 and Valli in 2012.
Ceres Wines viticulturalist and co-owner James Dicey said “We are absolutely stoked to have been awarded this trophy. It’s the first time we have entered our wine into the competition and we’re on cloud nine when we were told we had won. It means a lot to such a small producer – we only produce 250 cases of Pinot Noir each year from our vineyards in Bannockburn. We feel it is a real validation of the approach we take – hands off wine making, letting both the vineyards and vintage shine through in the wine.”
Ceres Composition 2010 Pinot Noir is a blend between grapes grown on co-owner and wine maker Matt Dicey’s Black Rabbit Vineyard and James Dicey’s Inlet Vineyard, both located in Bannockburn. The wine has already been awarded 5 stars in the last Pinot Noir tasting conducted by Cuisine Magazine.
Matt Dicey commented “The 2010 wines from Central Otago are shining on the international stage. Excellent wine has come out of a very challenging season for us, and to have a prestigious competition like the IWSC validate our approach on such young vines is a very encouraging sign for the future of both our vineyards.”