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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.

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Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle 2009 $45-50


Quartz Reef produces some of the country’s benchmark bubbly that always displays real finesse. This vintage release presents a classic profile of crisp apple, lifted citrus and sweet pastry that leads to a nutty, yeasty finish.

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Jo Burzynska - Viva; New Zealand Herald - Reviewed May 2015

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2013

94 Points

This has some real swagger and style to it with dark roasting herbs, dark-tanned leathery flesh, roast duck skin and brambly black cherries. There are even blood plums all in the mix, and it's so much to breathe in all at once. The palate has a wealth of ripe fruit flesh at the core where acidity shines up through dark cherry, blackberry and dark plum flavors. This is spicy, thick and assertive, yet soft tannins also roll smooth and strong. Drink now.

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James Suckling.com - Reviewed May 2015

New Zealand's 24 Pinot Noir Appellations

New Zealand has six regions whose names (appellations) appear on pinot noir wine labels. This article proposes there are another eighteen sub-regions/appellations within the original six that could/should appear on the labels. And that there will be many more in the years ahead. It’s a perspective from an engaged visitor from Canada, not an NZ industry insider. Grab a glass, crack the cap on an NZ pinot and read along.

In the past two years I have been to New Zealand three times, drawn not by sauvignon which I do enjoy, but by pinot noir. During three weeks in 2013 I visited six pinot noir growing regions, 35 wineries and capped it with the four day NZ Pinot 2013 conference in Wellington. I tasted at least 300 hundred pinots and I became familiar enough with the range to suggest that there about 18 sub-regions distinct enough to be considered separate pinot appellations. And that is only an interim guesstimate. My most recent visits in 2014 and 2015 were not as intensive but I returned once more to Martinborough, and twice to Marlborough and Central Otago – the three largest pinot regions.

Cromwell Basin (Lowburn/Pisa)

The large “central” valley of Central Otago winegrowing is defined by Lake Dunstan, a man-made 25km long reservoir with the orchard town of Cromwell at its south end. The lower altitude vineyards near Cromwell tend to be defined as coming from the Lowburn, while those from sloping sites and terraces on the lower slopes of the Pisa Range are defined as Pisa.  One might argue for two separate appellations here but there is a blurring of sites in my mind at least. It’s a warmer, earlier ripening area on sandier soils and overall I find the wine style to be quite ripe, fruit forward and fragrant with a certain juicy drinkability. Many Otago wineries have acreage here, but of those located in the Cromwell Basin look for Quartz Reef and Surveyor Thomson (both biodynamic), Rockburn, Archangel, Wooing Tree and Aurum.

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David Lawrason - Wine Align - Reviewed May 2015