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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 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 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

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2013

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Very dark, deep ruby-red colour with black-purple hues, a little lighter on rim. This has an elegantly proportioned bouquet with firmly concentrated aromas of ripe dark red berries and plums infused with iron-earth minerals and complexing savoury dark herbs, liquorice and reductive elements. Some cherry liqueur nuances emerge with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is very tightly concentrated with intense flavours of ripe dark raspberries, black cherries, liquorice and minerals. Layers of spicy herbs and iron-earth unfold, adding complexity. The fruit is supported by significant extraction, the tannins firm and fine-grained, providing real linearity. Discreet, lacy acidity lends energy and drive, carrying the wine to a very firm, lingering finish of raspberry and cherry liqueur along with tarry minerals. This is a very tight and concentrated Pinot Noir with raspberry and cherry liqueur flavours, earth and mineral complexity and a firmly textured, long finish. Match with lamb, beef, venison and hard cheeses over the next 7-10 years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 10/5, 5, 115, 667, 777 and Abel, from vines planted in 1998, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with a small percentage of whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine with a cuvaison of 24 days and aged 14 months in 24% new French oak barriques.

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Raymond Chan - Reviewed June 2015

Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2012

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Elegant, fruity, complex and inviting bouquet with a gentle soft herb note and moderate+ oak. On the palate – dry with medium to firm tannins and acidity; a layer of complexity emerges with a mineral and lightly floral layer; red fruits and soft brown spices, balanced and well made though still integrating over the next 2 years.

Cameron Douglas MS - TheShout NZ/HospitalityBusiness - Reviewed June 2015

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2013

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Complex bouquet of ripe red fruits interwoven with terroir layers of rocky sandy soils and organic florals; some obvious oak though the fruit soaks this up. On the palate – dry and equally complex with layers of fruit, soil, oak and lifted florals plus synergies between them all that add a feminine note; fine tannins with medium+ acidity and a long elegant finish.

Cameron Douglas MS - TheShout NZ/HospitalityBusiness - Reviewed June 2015