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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 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. 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 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

Wine Reviews

TALES from PINOT CENTRAL

Central Crush 2013: take 15 Central Otago wine producers, 10 NZ restaurateurs & 1 Aussie wine retailer (moi) add to the end of vintage 2013 and you have a particularly fine drop.

Tasting Notes from the Grand Tasting:

Quartz Reef 2011 Pinot Noir - Smoky bacon, meaty bones. Bendigo force and grunt even in 2011 vintage.

A tour of Bendigo with Quartz Reef's Rudi Bauer. 

Austrian born Rudi Bauer arrived in Central Otago in 1985. He came with a degree in winemaking and viticulture from Salzburg, experience at Hawkes Bay, and Oregon in the off season, and was the first qualified winemaker in the region. His contribution has been enormous and is on-going. He's an all-round legend. The world according to Rudi:

  • 'The more we think about what we do, the deeper we connect' - the essence of biodynamics
  • 'Think about things twice - question on question'
  • 'Texture in wine is the form of terroir'
  • It's all about the schist: 'Schist = precision, detail, a reflection of site and counterpoint to Central Otago's naturally voluptuous style.'

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Michele Round - The Pinot Shop - Reviewed April 2013