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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 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.<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.

Rudi Bauer

Wine Reviews

Pinot Noir 2017: Awarded 95 Points and 5 Stars

"Fragrantly aromatic pinot noir with ripe cherry, plum, spice and subtle oak flavours. An elegant wine with appealing purity and suppleness. There is also a suggestion of floral character, perhaps red rose? Delicious now but no rush."

Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review - Reviewed March 2019

Otto Pinot Noir 2017: Awarded 95 points and 5 Stars

"A new super-premium label from a high quality producer. Fragrant, almost floral aroma with more cherry, plum fruit and spice on the palate. A surprisingly supple, charming wine from a vineyard that can produce blockbuster pinot with ease. Should have an interesting future."

Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review - Reviewed March 2019

Otto Pinot Noir 2017: Awarded 5 Stars

"The lovely 2017 vintage (5*) was estate-grown at Bendigo, in Central Otago, and matured in one year-old French oak casks. Deeply coloured, with an enticingly perfumed, savoury bouquet, it is full-bodied and youthful, with concentrated, well-ripened cherry, plum and spice flavours, revealing superb complexity, depth and harmony, and a finely textured, lasting finish. Already drinking well, it should be very long-lived; open 2021+."

Michael Cooper - Reviewed March 2019

Pickers fill the fields as grape harvest begin

Grapes are now ripe for the picking, as the first day of autumn also marked day one of grape harvesting in Central Otago.

Vineyard staff were put to work yesterday on Quartz Reef's 30ha of fields in Bendigo.

Following a historic early season start in 2018, Quartz Reef winemaker Rudi Bauer said yesterday's first day was more "typical''.

"Sparkling wine is quite early. Our main harvest will be March 20, which is quite late compared to the rest of New Zealand.''

Vinewise viticulturist Grant Rolston said the regular rainfall in spring had led to more stability for winegrowers.

"The wet spring has helped us in many ways because it's taken the pressure off irrigation.

"You compare it to last year, where there was high pressure on irrigation resources, to this season, which is one of the lowest seasons of irrigation usage in many years.''

As things got under way, the issue of employment remained an early-season consideration for Central Otago growers, Mr Rolston said.

"You never really know until you get into the season proper what the employment situation is going to be like.''

About 20 vineyard staff toiled away at the Bendigo vineyard during the first day.

"We're hoping to eventually have a staff of about 40 as we get through the season,'' Mr Bauer said.

The local product has started turning heads internationally, as 40 Masters of Wine members visited Central Otago during the week.

Mr Bauer said the members "were very impressed with the region''.

Central Otago Winegrowers Association acting president James Dicey said it "was looking positive'' as the local product forged a high reputation.

"By working together, we're helping develop the reputation of the region.

"These [Masters of Wine members] are from around the world.

"They want to understand what's driving the great wine that is being made here.''

https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/horticulture/pickers-fill-fields-grape-harvest-begin?fbclid=IwAR0RSkMfTefyylIhR4EdbifokGRUUuEUYMMwxOvqbpLrrz6A3EIXRKXqehI

Adam Burns, Otago Daily Times - Reviewed March 2019

Bendigo Estate Single Ferment Pinot Noir 2017: Awarded 96 Points

"Dense, powerful pinot noir with ripe red-fleshed plum, dark berry, wood smoke, cocoa and spicy oak flavours. Firmly-structured but accessible wine. A youthful pinot noir with cellaring potential."

Bob Campbell, The Real Review - Reviewed March 2019

Bendigo Estate Single Ferment Pinot Noir 2017: 96 points and 5 stars

96 points and 5 stars

"Dense, powerful pinot noir with ripe red-fleshed plum, dark berry, wood smoke, cocoa and spicy oak flavours. Firmly-structured but accessible wine. A youthful pinot noir with cellaring potential."

Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review - Reviewed March 2019