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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.<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.

Wine Reviews

Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV

95 / 100

Biodynamic farming, lees maturation, attention to detail, great vineyard sites. Rudi Bauer of Quartz Reef has many positives in the manifestation of his life work. Beyond that, and so often it’s hard to separate the person who makes the wine from the wine itself, he’s an outstanding human. And hilarious. That being said, it means little when wines are in brown paper bags being tasted. This wine leapt from the pack.

Incredible intensity, inward concentration, a knife edge of acidity in finely wrapped layers of toastiness, marzipan, brioche with a sleek, lean profile of green apple and citrus. Fine, fine bubbles add dimension and freshness. Aside its precision, it’s gorgeous to drink, refreshing the palate with each sip, leaving lingering detail of the presence of the wine. Insanely good drinking. It’s fine wine personified. Kudos here.

Mike Bennie - The Wine Front www.winefront.com.au - Reviewed December 2017

Methode Traditionnelle Vintage 2012

93 / 100

This is mostly chardonnay with just under 10% pinot noir. From Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. From biodynamic vines. Winemaker Rudi Bauer does a nice version of Arnold Schwarzenegger with a lisp.

Soft, creamy, floaty sparkling wine of light fruit sweetness, faint toastiness and yeasty character, large bubbles and a lick of crisp, green apple to close. It’s an ultra pleasing, no brainer, richer (but not heavier) style that feels neat and tidy, vibrant, and overall really good to drink. It builds in pleasure as you  repeat approach the glass. A pleasing oyster shell character comes into play too. Very good.

Mike Bennie - The Wine Front www.winefront.com.au - Reviewed December 2017

Methode Traditionnelle Vintage 2012

Pop the cork and try these on – Dish’s Tasting Panel have discovered the top 12 New Zealand sparkling wines to make your festive season bubbly and bright.

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GOLD MEDAL

Winemaker Rudi Bauer has crafted a crystal clear methode from 2012, which boasts superfine bead, breadcrumb and brioche characters and a very pretty, biscuity, beautifully balanced mouthfeel, according to Yvonne. That caramelised brioche character was evident to all our judges, who also each wrote “zesty” in their notes. Central Otago does it again and this really is the whole package; complete, stylish and sexy.

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Dish Magazine - Top 12 New Zealand Sparkling - Reviewed December 2017