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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 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.

Raymond Chan

Wine Reviews

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Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Vintage 2010

A blend of chardonnay (93 per cent) and pinot noir with 45 months en tirage.

Taut, pure wine with an ethereal texture and subtle toast/brioche yeast lees characters.

Long and linear

Bob Campbell MW - Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine Jun/Jul 2016 - Reviewed June 2016

Return to Middle-Earth: Central Otago

Return to Middle-Earth: Central Otago

Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2014

Firm yet equally feminine in style with loads expressive fruit and star anise notes. It is stylish and articulate. Overall, great concentration, weight and structure with attractive vibrancy.

Daenna Van Mulligen - Wine Diva www.winediva.ca - Reviewed June 2016

Return to Middle-Earth: Central Otago

Return to Middle-Earth: Central Otago

Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2013

This wine is chosen from the vineyard not by barrel selection and it's not always same block.
It is a small production, only 1200 bottles. Bauer poured it specifically to show me a different picture of this vineyard. It is a very expressive wine with ruby into purple-ish berries alongside chocolate and cedar with tea leaf. Amazing structure and brightness with quite firm but fine tannins.

Daenna Van Mulligen - Wine Diva www.winediva.ca - Reviewed June 2016

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2014

Return to Middle-Earth: Central Otago

Expect muddled and tangy red fruits and wild berries with some violets,
cedar, earth and leather. It is a teenager, slightly awkward and youthful
on the nose with less abundant fruit as per the 2014 vintage.
However, on the palate the fruit is much more expressive,
and nicely underscored with a floral character.

Daenna Van Mulligen - Wine Diva www.winediva.ca - Reviewed June 2016

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2013

Return to Middle-Earth: Central Otago

Loads of muddled purple and red fruit, spice and cocoa and cedar with dried flowers, aromas, which also manifest themselves on the palate. This is a very transparent Pinot - solid mineral and fruit, not overly expressive nor brazenly acidic - rather serious and nicely integrated. Good length and wonderful balance. Like all of QR wines, it is transparent - not showy, but boasts oodles of characte

Daenna Van Mulligen - Wine Diva www.winediva.ca - Reviewed June 2016

Quart Reef Pinot Gris 2014

Return to Middle-Earth: Central Otago

Overall, lovely concentration. Nice succulent character, impressive weight and a phenolic textural finish. Attractive guava and exotic citrus flavours - weighty but pristine.

Daenna Van Mulligen - Wine Diva www.winediva.ca - Reviewed June 2016

Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Rose

Return to Middle-Earth: Central Otago

A pale salmon Pinot Noir rosé with notes of smoke, leather and earth - it is more rustic on the nose than palate. Wonderful expressive berry and peach pit flavours with a creamy weight and texture. the finish is lengthy, and continues its lively berry expressiveness.

Daenna Van Mulligen - Wine Diva www.winediva.ca - Reviewed June 2016

Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Vintage 2010

Return to Middle-Earth: Central Otago

This wine spent 4 years on lees, has four grams per liter dosage, and is comprised of merely seven percent Pinot and the rest Chardonnay.
Expect vague buttery and autolytic undertones, which roll into but creamy pear notes. Palate is so fresh; it has great concentration, weight and character. Focused, expressive and purity.
Excellent length and gorgeous creamy texture.

Daenna Van Mulligen - Wine Diva www.winediva.ca - Reviewed June 2016

Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV

Return to Middle-Earth: Central Otago

Made from 52% Pinot and 48% Chardonnay with a typical house dosage of six grams per liter.
It's expectedly more open and expressive on the nose than the zero dosage, its crunchy fruit and citrus boast a delicate creamy character.Nice longevity on the palate and more weight overall. 
Lemon curd and tangy red fruit flavours are elevated by great persistence and vibrant acidity.

Daenna Van Mulligen - Wine Diva www.winediva.ca - Reviewed June 2016

Oz Clarke Wine A - Z

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QUARTZ REEF - Best known for powerful, serious Pinot Noir and sleek bottle-fermented sparkling wine.  Intensely flavoured, minerally, almost chewy Pinot Gris is one of their lesser known stars.  Best years (Pinot Noir) (2014) 13 12 10 09 08 07 06

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Oz Clarke Wine A - Z - Reviewed June 2016

Pinot Noir 2014

Our Pinot Noir 2014 scored among the top 10 wines in its tasting:

First taster: Anne Krebiehl MW Score: 92 Note: There is a savory undertow to all the red and black fruit. There is a pleasantly grippy but subtle tannic backbone. Immense, juicy, black cherry at the core, laden with spice, intense and ripe but fresh at the same time. There is a hint of perfume on the finish. This is intense but elegant, definite but evolving, crunchy and fresh. This echoes long and promises a subtle, nuanced future of freshness and fruit.

Second taster: Jasper Morris MW Score: 89 Note: Dense dark purple-black, with a powerful inky bouquet. Sweet fruit, but this ties back in nicely rather than becoming too fat. Very well balanced, a little bit of oak, a little bit more black fruit than red. Comfortable in its skin. The finish contrasts a mineral tingle with slightly over-present oak. But plenty of time for the barrel to resolve itself.

Third taster: Joanna Simon Score: 90 Note: Very deep color. Exotic, spicy, plum and blackcherry aromas. Vigorously youthful palate, with exuberant ripe fruit and black pepper. Dense but fine-textured, with well-integrated oak giving a roasted coffee flavor, and fine-grained tannins. A clean, long finish.

Average Score: 90 points

World of Fine Wine (magazine)

Issue 52

The World of Fine Wine - Anne Krebiehl MW, Jasper Morris MW & Joanna Simon - Reviewed June 2016