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Fifth Bridge Central Otago 2017 Pinot Gris and Riesling

27 March,2018

Fifth Bridge is the secondary wine brand of Ceres Wines, the winegrowing venture of the highly respected Dicey family of Central Otago. Fifth Bridge refers to the fifth bridge between Bannockburn and Cromwell, linking the two communities since the late 1800s. Whereas the Ceres wines employ fruit from the family’s own four Bannockburn vineyards, the Fifth Bridge wines use fruit from a wider source, these being vineyards that come under James Dicey’s vitcultural business. They are designed to offer regional expression and value. Here, I review the new 2017 Pinot Gris and Riesling. www.cereswines.co.nz

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Fifth Bridge Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago

17+/20

Bright straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh with full aromas of white and yellow stonefruits along with notes of pears and exotic florals, unfolding nuances of lifted fermentation esters and chalky mineral elements. Medium-dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a moderately deep and rounded heart with flavours of yellow stonefruits, pears and honeysuckle, and floral elements. The fruit is up-front and the palate has good presence, with fine textures and balanced, refreshing acidity. The wine carries positively to a light finish. This is an up-front medium-dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit, pear, floral and honied flavours with good palate presence. Match with Middle Eastern fare over the next 2-3 years. Pisa fruit fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 9.81 g/L RS. 17.0+/20 Mar 2018 RRP $21.95

Fifth Bridge Central Otago Riesling 2017

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago

16.5+/20

Bright pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, paler edged. The nose is elegantly presented with a softly concentrated core of white florals and subtle citrus fruit notes, and a layer of honeysuckle and musk. The aromatics are quit accessible. Medium in sweetness, the palate has a taut and tightly bound core and line, with finely concentrated flavours of lime fruit, honey and lifted florals, along with a musky overlay. The fruit is underlined by light phenolic textures with crisp acidity lending vitality to the palate. The structure carries the musky flavours to a tight, lingering finish. This is a tightly bound medium Riesling with a core of citrus, floral, honey and musk flavours on a slightly grippy, textured palate. Match with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine over the next 3 years. Pisa fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 10.6% alc. and 25.2 g/L RS. 16.5+/20 Mar 2018 RRP $21.95

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