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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.

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.

Raymond Chan

Wine Reviews

Central Otago: Where Nature & Pinot Noir Reign

New Zealand was put on the wine map with their Sauvignon Blanc that exhibits its signature grapefruity aromas and tastes .  But there are more wines in that beautiful country which beg notice and a healthy pour.  Recently, representatives from New Zealand Complexity, a portfolio of “most impressive wines to showcase some the best what New Zealand can offer the USA” with its “hero wines and winemakers”, arrived in Chicago.  The Masterclass tasting was held at Rebar, the uber-hip lounge at the Trump Hotel.  Fortunately, Rebar’s sweeping views of the Chicago River and skyline didn’t distract me from tasting fifteen incredible wines which included Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Merlot blends, and Pinot Noir.

  • The Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2001 looked and tasted a bit like sherry.  Rich and somewhat sweet with acidity, plenty of fruit (raisins?), this wine was incredible.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who has more than a passing interest in this wine region.  In April 2014, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Central Otago.  Local wineries were selected to share their best wines with a focus on Pinot Noir at a private event held at host winery Amisfeld.  Felton Road, Mt. Difficulty, and Quartz Reef were among those included and I would love to know what the royals thought about Central Otago Pinot Noirs!

With fewer than 18,000 residents and an area of 10,000km, nature and Pinot Noir reign in Central Otago.  Snow capped mountains, rivers which glisten, ancient rocks, and tussock are the backdrop for breathtaking views.  There is the clear, bright light of sunshine during the day and a star studded sky at night.  Leaving the stress of daily life behind I can see myself appreciating these vistas in Central Otago with a glass of Pinot Noir in my hand.  I’m ready.  Won’t you join me?

Link to: Central Otago: Where Nature & Pinot Noir Reign

Cindy Rynning - Grape Experiences - Reviewed July 2014