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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. 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 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.

Wine Reviews

Celebrate with the best bubbles

"Three be the things I shall never attain: envy, content, and sufficient champagne," quipped the writer and satirist, Dorothy Parker. As the festive season fast approaches, it's time to make sure that you at least have enough bubbles - sparkling wine or Champagne - to service your celebrations. Here are my suggestions for great examples spanning top Champagne to the best budget buys.

Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Rosé NV


Red fruits, fresh citrus and herb combine in one of the country's finest rosé sparking wines.

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Jo Burzynska - NZ Herald VIVA WINE - Reviewed November 2014

Dish Sparkling Tasting

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Ranked #6 in the Dish Top 10 Sparkling Tasting

QUARTZ REEF METHODE TRADITIONNELLE 2009

Judges Comments: “Very elegant, slightly nutty and very appealing,” remarked Jane Boyle,
while Cameron Douglas enjoyed its rich, bold bouquet, dry expressive personality, lovely
balance and long finish. It also boasts a subtle lemony lift in the mid-palate. Winemaker Rudi
Bauer has crafted a flavoursome, precise wine that sings of sophistication.


Dish (Magazine) Issue #57: December 2014 - January 2015 - Reviewed November 2014

Top Ten Summer Wines

QUARTZ REEF METHODE TRADITIONNELLE 2009

Fantastic fizz, which is high praise when you consider that the 2007 vintage frothed into my computer and ruined it.  Open with care.

Bob Campbell - KiaOra: Air New Zealand In-flight Magazine - Reviewed November 2014

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND - Experimentation and tradition

In a world of sparkling wines that's often conservative when it comes to change, these two countries have often pushed the envelope.  What other parts of the globe could have given us sparkling Shiraz or fizzy Sauvignon Blanc?

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Deutz was the Champagne house that first ventured to New Zealand, drawn by the same cool-climate motivations, but the region's Chauvet family took things a step further when Clotilde Chauvet crafted sparkling wine in Central Otago at Rippon and Quartz Reef.

Today, while many of the French principals have pulled out, their influences remain in the South Pacific.

QUARTZ REEF METHODE TRADITIONNELLE BRUT NV

90 / 100

The 100% Pinot Noir Methode Traditionnelle Rose may be even better - and harder to find - but this blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is no slouch.

The aromas are toasty and penetrating, the flavors add melon and citrus notes, and the finish is refreshingly dry, with a dosage of only 7 g/l.

WINE ENTHUSIAST / NOVEMBER 2014 - Joe Czerwinski - Reviewed November 2014