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Fifth Bridge Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

03 May,2017
The Fifth Bridge wines began life as a brand created for the Bespoke Wine Company of Central Otago, to complement those in the company’s portfolio. The company markets wines that come from vineyards tended by James Dicey’s ‘Grape Vision’ viticultural business. Fifth Bridge now comes under the umbrella of Ceres Wines, the brand of the Dicey Family which has Matt Dicey as winemaker, and father Robin Dicey who is one of the viticultural gurus of Central Otago. The wines continue the same purpose of offering value, and come from fruit sources in the Cromwell Basin. Here, I review the new release 2015 Fifth Bridge Pinot Noir. www.cereswines.co.nz

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Fifth Bridge Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

16.5+/20
Moderately deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is soft and light with aromas of red cherry fruit entwined with subtle herb notes, unveiling red florals and hints of spice. The aromatics build to form a rounded, gentle core. Medium-bodied, the palate has gently rich flavours of red cherries and spice elements along with herb detail that form an even, rounded and smooth core. The fruit is supported by light, supple tannin extraction, and enlivened by balancing, lacy acidity. The wine flows easily and the fruit sweetness carries with moderate linearity to a soft, gentle finish of spiced cherry fruit and herbs. This is a gently rich, accessible Pinot Noir with red cherry, spice and herb flavours on a fresh, supple palate. Serve with poultry, pork, pasta and risotto over the next 3+ years. Cromwell Basin fruit, clones including 5, 6, 10/5, 115 and 777, vines 12-18 y.o., indigenous yeast fermented with approx. 10% whole bunches to 14.0 % alc., the wine aged 11 months in 20% new oak. 16.5+/20 May 2017 RRP $28.00
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