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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 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 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

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

A Whole New World…Down Under!

A Whole New World…Down Under!

I tried nine wines this tasting from the Central Otago. None of them would have landed in the under-$20 range, but every one had solid backbone and quality, without the requirement of a decade of age to have refinement.

For example, check out these tasting notes from this unassuming Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2010:

-Decanted for two hours. A complex nose of red fruit entices, while a blend of elegant cherry, blackberry and red plum bathe the soft palate with gentle acidity as velvety tannins rise slowly. I enjoyed this wine three nights in a row, with the same responses each time. The wine is well made: developed, mature, and refined. My tongue lolled as my brain raced. If I didn’t know better, I’d be placing this totally wrong. It feels distinctly European to me. Never has being so wrong felt so right. Not long ago, I was have sworn this wine was Burgundy. I’m so happy I know better, and hats off to the winemaker!

Following the tasting, I tried several other Central Otago wines and in the process I discovered that one of my biggest wine suppliers carries many of the wines I had tasted. This is a supplier I trust with providing great European wines and choosing ideal vintages. Imagine my surprise to see a list of  names, similar or matching  to the ones I’d tasted? It’s not coincidence. They knew. Now I know. And now YOU know.

New Zealand. It’s a whole new world of wine for you.

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Jim van Bergen JVB UNCORKED - Reviewed February 2014

Viva New York wine trends with Jesse Webster

 Viva New York wine trends with Jesse Webster

Jesse Webster, the New Zealand-born wine director of Michelin-starred Public restaurant, talks wine trends with Jo Burzynska.

After starting out prepping salads in a Ponsonby Rd restaurant, Jesse Webster has risen through the international ranks to become the beverage director for New York's AvroKO Hospitality Group, which owns a number of high-profile bars and restaurants in the city including the Michelin-starred Public restaurant in SoHo.

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Quartz Reef Methode Traditionelle NV $35. Available from Glengarry, Fine Wine Delivery and Caros Wines.

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Jo Burzynska - Reviewed February 2014

IN THE GRIP OF PINOT GRIS

Rich and rounded with notes of baked pear, honey, almond and a whiff of smoke, I still clearly recall the first taste of the pinot gris that convinced me of the charms of the variety, despite it being almost two decades ago.

Wine drinkers in New Zealand have been similarly seduced in recent years, prompting a surge in local plantings and interest in the grape. But are we still as in love with the variety as it comes of age in this country?

My personal pinot gris epiphany occurred in the French region of Alsace, home to benchmark examples of the variety. However, when pinot gris started to take off in New Zealand about a decade ago I was initially underwhelmed with what was coming from our vineyards, which often lacked the rich flavours and textures that I admired in examples from Alsace.

Quartz Reef Central Otago Pinot Gris 2012


Quartz Reef is another consistent producer of some of the finest gris in the country. Made in a drier style, this complex example exhibits notes of ripe pear overlaid with notes of clove, herb and nut and supported by a fine line of citrus and mineral.

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Jo Burzynska - Reviewed February 2014