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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 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 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

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

The best Pinot Noirs in the world (outside Burgundy)

It's the grape that stars in some of the world's most expensive and rarest red wines when grown in its home territory of Burgundy.

But how is it performing elsewhere?  Our expert panel tasted the best of the rest to find out.  Stephen Brook appraises the results

... It's quite clear that Pinot Noir can thrive throughout the world, as our tasting rewarded wines from around the globe.  Climate, as much as terroir, accounts for this, and there are sweet spots as remote from each other as the Ahr Valley in Germany, Central Otago in New Zealand and the cool coastal areas of South Africa.  Here the combination of ideal microclimates and impassioned winemakers seemed to deliver the most exciting wines.

Australia and New Zealand were the most successful regions overall ...

Best-value wines tasted

Quartz Reef, Central Otago, New Zealand 2012

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Stephen Brook - Decanter Magazine; April 2016 - Reviewed April 2016

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2014

90 / 100

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Wine & Spirits Magazine - Reviewed April 2016

Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2012

90 / 100

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Wine & Spirits Magazine - Reviewed April 2016