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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. 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.<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.

Rudi Bauer

Wine Reviews

Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2014

John Saker: Winemakers try something new, throwing out the Roseworthy Rules

It wasn't long ago that a winemaker deemed to be "experimental" was one who planted a new grape variety. If the variety's name was suitably evocative (eg Albarino), the producer wasn't just experimental, but a rebellious pathfinder.

It's always interesting to see how a new variety adapts to life in Aotearoa. However, that's no longer the cool laboratory. The best experiments today are all about method, in the vineyard and winery, no matter what variety you're dealing with.

"This is one of winemaker Rudi Bauer's best yet. A recent conversion to biodynamics has led greater harmony, and this wine is a dark, settled, lithe pinot that speaks of Bendigo, its place of origin."

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John Saker - Reviewed March 2017

Interns learn about wine and Kiwis

As grape-harvesting gets into full swing, interns from around the world are converging on wine-producing regions such as Central Otago.

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MATT.TSO @thenews.co.nz - Reviewed March 2017

Excitement as grape harvesting begins

As chilly autumn mornings arrive, winegrowers in Central Otago have begun harvesting the first grapes of the 2017 vintage.

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MATT.TSO @thenews.co.nz - Reviewed March 2017

Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot excellent value for discerning drinkers

"Clearly powerful nose with a hint of menthol. This is a big, dense, burly beast of a wine, somewhat monolithic now and built for the long haul, with its density of fruit and powerful tannins, seasoned with an appealing savouriness and wild herbs: oak nuances and a little heat on the close.

An assault on the senses for now; give this some time."

Rating: Very good

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Mark Henderson - Otago Daily Times - Reviewed March 2017

Central Otago Pinot Noir, a Region with the Potential to Equal Burgundy

I recently visited New Zealand and I have to say that I am still buzzing with enthusiasm – the enthusiasm of having my beliefs overturned in the most positive and exciting way. I have enjoyed tasting Central Otago Pinot Noir over the years but rarely found myself selecting them from a wine list or a wine shop for my own personal pleasure. They were rarely, if ever, the first option in Pinot Noir that I would find myself recommending to a guest to be enjoyed with food...

Quartz Reef Estate

Situated in Bendigo sub-region, the estate was created in 1996 by Rudy Bauer. Rudy was born in Austria and has worked in different countries and wineries. Rudy makes some of the finest wines in the region and was elected Champion Winemaker of the Year by the Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand in 1999. His knowledge of Central Otago is second to none and beneath his reserved personality and somehow dry sense of humour hides a really charming character with a very generous heart.

The vineyard is run following biodynamic principles. His wines always show an intense concentration of flavours with a full and fleshy texture, compact structure in their youth and yet a very vibrant and refreshing acidity. In a way, the wines reflect perfectly Rudy himself: a core generosity enveloped in a more restrained shell. With age, the wines gain in complexity and take some more savoury tones such as cured meat, smoke, dried aromatic herbs, etc… and are characterised by a unique sapidity. His sparkling wine is also a reference in the country. Unfortunately, the wines are not available in Ireland at the moment.

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JULIE DUPOUY - thetaste.ie - Reviewed March 2017

Pinot Gris 2015

NY VIN FRA NEW ZEALAND

90 Points

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Gastro Magazine, Denmark - Reviewed March 2017

Pinot Rose 2016

Summer disappoints but not rose wines

"Strawberry, rose petal and toffee apple at first moving to strawberry jam and bramble with time. Creamy palate entry with strawberries and cream, juicy watermelon leading to a crisp citrus note on the close.

Mouthfilling, rich, supple and with nice complexity, developing a spice note and some warmth on the finish."

Rating: Very good to excellent

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Mark Henderson - Otago Daily Times - Reviewed March 2017