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In Central Otago, every day is a holiday. This landscape is so fantastic and the region is so strkingly beautiful and it's a bonus to grow grapes so well here.<br /><br />Rudi Bauer In Central Otago, every day is a holiday. This landscape is so fantastic and the region is so strkingly beautiful and it's a bonus to grow grapes so well here.<br /><br />Rudi Bauer Quartz Reef applies the proven winemaking talents of Austrian-born Rudi Bauer, who continues to enjoy & explore the Pinot Noir's many dimensions, and the convergence of the old and the new wine worlds. As a pioneer of Central Otago, Rudi Bauer understands and believes with a passion in the wonderful future for Central Otago as a fine wine growing region. With two decades of experience making first-class wine there, he sees himself at the beginning of the journey, one that will by necessity be carried on by generations after him.<br /><br />Raymond Chan As a pioneer of Central Otago, Rudi Bauer understands and believes with a passion in the wonderful future for Central Otago as a fine wine growing region. With two decades of experience making first-class wine there, he sees himself at the beginning of the journey, one that will by necessity be carried on by generations after him.<br /><br />Raymond Chan

In Central Otago, every day is a holiday. This landscape is so fantastic and the region is so strkingly beautiful and it\'s a bonus to grow grapes so well here.

Rudi Bauer

Wine Reviews

Taste ~ Top Wine Awards

Master of Wine Bob Campbell gives us his annual pick of New Zealand wines plus a selection of activities and adventures for aspiring oenophiles to enjoy in this land of fine vines.

New Zealand Wine is in great shape....

BEST SPARKLING WINE

Quartz Reef 2010 Methode Traditionnelle

"Taut, pure fizz with an ethereal texture and subtle toast/brioche and yeast lees characters.  Long and linear.  Very impressive by any measure."

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BOB CAMPBELL'S HALL OF FAME

My favourite wines from these awards.

Quartz Reef 2010 Methode Traditionnelle

"Kiwi fizz doesn't get any better than this!  Wonderfully pure with lovely savoury brioche and toast flavours"

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Bob Campbell - New Zealand Taste (Magazine) May/June 2017 - Reviewed May 2017

New Zealand Organic Wine Awards - Wine of the Show

NZ Organic Wine Awards Wine of the Show: Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2014

The 2017 “Wine of the Show” is the Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir. Despite the competition being incredibly tight our judges agreed that the Bendigo Pinot Noir was something special. Rudi Bauer has crafted a bold, powerful, yet intricately clever wine that stood out amongst this years impressive line up on Pinot Noir’s. Well worthy of wine of the show in 2014, although we can’t wait to see how this cellars over the next 6-10 years.

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New Zealand Organic Wine Awards - Reviewed May 2017

New Zealand Organic Wine Awards - GOLD

Methode Traditionnelle Vintage 2012

 

New Zealand Organic Wine Awards - Reviewed May 2017

NEW WINE LAND

"New Zealand is fascinating. This is even more true for the wine, which is pressed on the two islands and whose must is fermented directly in the vineyard. On the way to amazing discoveries."

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Peter Badenhop www.faz.net - Reviewed May 2017

Gruner Veltliner wine gaining ground in NZ

"Amongst the plethora of new grapes beginning to spread over our vinous landscape is the white grape Gruner Veltliner..."

2015 Quartz Reef Bendigo Single Vineyard Gruner Veltliner 
Price: $28-30
Rating: Very good to excellent

Sweet fruit evident at first: a complex nose with stonefruit, spices, herbs, dusty stones/talc and a background hint of elderflower/lime cordial. A subtle but appealing palate offering lovely refreshment and texture on a core of stonefruit, pear and pepper.

Nicely balanced with lots of interest; a rather charming wine that continues to grow with time.

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Mark Henderson - Otago Daily Times - Reviewed May 2017

It's only natural: the 31 wines you need to try

In a comprehensive and landmark tasting, Decanter's expert panel blind tasted 122 natural wines from all corners of the globe. Here they name their top wine as well as 10 personal favourites ...

"They are as diverse, irrepressible and idiosyncratic as the growers who produce them"

"My top wines were full of energy and freshness" - Sarah Jane Evans MW

BENDIGO ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2015

"Intensely aromatic! Roses, violet and raspberries spring to mind. It is full-bodied and generously fruity while also being light and lively. Not the most complex wine, but very likeable"

Please note: Our Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2015 has not yet been released, but is available on request by email to elaine@quartzreef.co.nz

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Sarah Jane Evans MW - Decanter - Reviewed May 2017

6 OF THE BEST BIODYNAMIC DROPS

WINE : BIODYNAMICS

While biodynamics has become a hot topic with both winemakers and wine connoisseurs, it's still little understood by most of us.  Find out why this strange farming philosophy centred around lunar phases and manure-filled horns is not merely a pile of cow's dung...

6 OF THE BEST BIODYNAMIC DROPS:

QUARTZ REEF PINOT GRIS 2015

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Ewan McDonald - MiNDFOOD May 2017 - Reviewed May 2017

Cuisine Magazine - NZ Pinot Noir Tasting

SENSE & SENSITIVITY

"The growing trend for hands-off winemaking has resulted in some wonderful pinot noir, writes JOHN SAKER.

BENDIGO ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2014

5 STARS

TOP 10 PINOT NOIR

"Older vines and recent conversion to biodynamics have seen Quartz Reef pinots achieve new levels of elegance. A dark, muscular presence that is very Bendigo is present in this wine, but it is tempered by a lithe softness. Warm, dark fruit and spice notes flow evenly to a lingering finish."

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Cuisine Issue 182 / May 2017

John Saker - Cuisine; NZ Pinot Noir - Reviewed May 2017