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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 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.

Raymond Chan

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Top 2014 Pinot Noir - Central Otago

TOP 2014 PINOT NOIR

CENTRAL OTAGO

# 6   -   QUARTZ REEF BENDIGO ESTATE PINOT NOIR

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Bob Campbell www.bobcampbell.net - Reviewed October 2016

Make mine a pinot gris

Make mine a pinot gris

Columnist MICHAEL COOPER presents his top 20 picks of a hugely popular wine that's a good all-purpose white.

Pinot gris was virtually unknown here 20 years ago.  This classic variety of Alsace, Germany and Italy has since skyrocketed in popularity - you can choose from more than 300 labels.  Typically a bit softer than sauvignon blanc and slightly sweeter than chardonnay, pinot gris is a good, all-purpose white wine.

Quartz Reef Bendigo Single Vineyard Pinot Gris 2015

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Certified biodynamic, this refined wine was estate-grown at Bendigo, in Central Otago, hand-picked and fermented and lees-aged in tanks.

Bright, light lemon/green, it is freshly scented, mouthfilling, weighty (13.5% alc/vol) and dry, with strong, vibrant, pure, citrusy, peachy, spicy flavours, very finely textured and harmonious.

Drink now or cellar.

Michael Cooper: WINE / THIS LIFE - New Zealand Listener October 15 2016 - Reviewed October 2016

BOTTOMS UP

A California wine writer's world is turned upside down when she tastes the next-gen wines from New Zealand.

... Rudi Bauer, cofounder and winemaker at Quartz Reef, collects me at the airport to give me an overview of Central Otago - quite literally.  We pile into his 4x4 and bounce higher and higher into the Dunstan Mountains, to the Bendigo Historic Reserve, a ghost of a gold mind with abandoned huts and batteries (New Zealand's Gold Rush fell directly on the heels of California's).  The views stretch out to forever, with dark green swaths of vineyards against a stark moonscape of peaks.  "We have a beautiful advantage in Central Otago," quips Bauer.  "Even if you don't like the wines, the scenery will make up for it."

Bauer would be the last to apologize for the wines, though.  He's one of a top crop of makers turning out vibrant, deeply fruity Pinot Noir that's beginning to evoke superlatives from critics worldwide.  Born in Austria, he's made wine in plenty of other places, including at Oregon's Sokol Blosser and Sonoma's legendary Simi, almost 30 years ago.

He senses similarities between the West Coast and Central Otago.  During harvest, he says, "The air sometimes smells like Simi here."  But, he adds, "You can't do what we were doing back then in California anymore.  Here, we have the privilege of being part of history."

The sheer beauty of the region is inspiring Bauer to discover ways to perfect his Pinot Noir - wines that echo the pure air of Central Otago itself.  He's still working on it, and loving that he has a part in crafting the narrative of this place.  "We are writing a novel here," he says.  "We've just finished the prologue, and we know the cast of characters.  We just don't know which way the plot will turn." ...

The soil of Quartz Reef sparkles like the winery's biodynamic bubblies from the quartz deposits beneath the vineyards.

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Sara Schneider - Sunset October 2016 - Reviewed October 2016