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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


Fifth Bridge Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago


Bright, light straw-yellow colour with a little pale gold, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and tightly bound, and quite elegant in proportion with finely concentrated aromas of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with subtle nutty notes and minerals, revealing a little floral lift. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is fresh, bright and lively with a taut core of white and yellow stonefruits along with florals and hints of honey and minerals. The fruit flows along a light textured line with balanced acidity, carrying to a light, clean floral nuanced finish. This is a taut, medium-dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit, floral, honey and mineral flavours on a light-textured palate. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3 years. 100% Pinot Gris from the Cromwell Basin, cool-fermented in tank to 13.5% alc. and 10.3 g/L RS. 17.0/20 Nov 2018 RRP $21.95

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


Bright, even, light straw-yellow colour, pale on the rim. The nose is elegantly presented with fine and penetrating aromas of lime fruit along with an amalgam of white and yellow florals, a little honeysuckle and emerging toasty interest. This is softly refreshing with notes of thirst-quenching chalky minerals, unfolding some musky hints. Medium in sweetness and light-bodied, the mouthfeel is brisk and lively with a tight core of lime fruit, honeysuckle and florals with a little toastiness, minerals and musk. The palate has a light-textured phenolic line, and the wine flows with good energy leading to a light finish. This is a taut and brisk medium Riesling with lime and floral flavours with honey and musk detail on a light textured palate line. Serve with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine over the next 3+ years. Fruit from the Cromwell Basin, cool-fermented in tank to dryness, then blended back with some Late Harvest Riesling wine. This is 10.5% alc., 25 g/L RS, with a TA of 7.78 g/L and pH 3.1. 17.0+/20 Nov 2018 RRP $21.95

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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