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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 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.

Raymond Chan

Wine Reviews

Pinot Rose 2017: Awarded 93 Points and 5 Stars

"Beautifully lifted aromas of apricot, watermelon and lemon zest lead to a flavoursome palate that is elegant and refreshing. The wine offers bright fruit intensity together with subtle savoury complexity, brilliantly supported by fine texture and juicy acidity. A fabulous dry style. At its best: now to 2019. "

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - Reviewed November 2017

Pinot Gris 2016: Awarded 94 Points

"Complex and delightfully fragrant, the bouquet shows poached pear, baked apple and yellow floral characters with subtle spicy complexity. The palate is concentrated and plush, and delivers excellent mid palate weight and texture, wonderfully framed by refreshing acidity. This is weighty and opulent, while remaining vibrant and structured. Made from whole bunch pressed free-run juice, fermented using indigenous yeasts, malolactic fermentation then matured on lees until February. At its best: now to 2021."

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - Reviewed November 2017

Brut NV: Awarded 94 Points and 5 Stars

"Made predominantly from pinot noir, this is a gorgeous single vineyard offering matured on lees for two years. Inviting aromas of white floral, oatmeal and lemon peel lead to a beautifully weighted palate that is elegant and flavoursome at the same time. The wine is finely textured and persistent, brilliantly supported bright acidity."

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - Reviewed November 2017

Vintage 2012: Awarded 95 Points and 5 Stars

"A magnificent rendition, the beautifully lifted bouquet shows white stone fruit, baguette, lemon peel and floral notes, followed by a concentrated and focused palate that is seductively rounded and seamlessly flowing. The wine delivers supremely fine mouthfeel and excellent harmony, finishing superbly long and engaging. A blend of 91% chardonnay, 9% pinot noir and aged on lees for four years. At its best: now to 2020."

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - Reviewed November 2017

Pinot Noir 2015: Awarded 95 Points and 5 Stars

"Beautifully ripe, complex and fragrant, the bouquet shows ripe cherry, warm spice, dark mushroom and floral characters. It is concentrated and persistent on the palate, and displays excellent depth and roundness, wonderfully complemented by silky texture and polished tannins. The wine combines sweet berry richness with sensual mouthfeel and elegant savoury nuances. At its best: now to 2022."

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - Reviewed November 2017

Pinot Noir 2016: Awarded 95 Points and 5 Stars

Awarded 95 Points and 5 Stars

"It is substantial yet poised and structured, showing delightfully perfumed aromas of red/black cherry, floral, toasted almond and vanilla on the nose with nuances of clove and game. The palate delivers succulent mouthfeel, wonderfully enhanced by rounded texture and generous fruit intensity. It is beautifully styled and composed, and finishes impressively long and silky. At its best: 2018 to 2023."

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - Reviewed November 2017

GOLD - Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Air New Zealand Wine Awards - Reviewed November 2017