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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

Wine Reviews

Pinot Noir 2017: Excellent

"Bright and fresh nose, subtlety, a sweet accent to the perfume, underlying savoury, raspberry and spice notes, adding thyme and rosemary with time. Sweeter fruit initially in the red fruit/raspberry spectrum with a fine tannic backbone, this swells in the glass, developing a fleshiness and delightful flow through the palate. Nice balance here and excellent potential."

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Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times - Reviewed May 2019

Pinot Noir 2017: Awarded 5 Stars

"Certified biodynamic, the refined, youthful 2017 vintage (5*) was estate-grown at Bendigo, hand-picked and matured in French oak barriques (28 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it is invitingly perfumed, with strong, ripe fruit flavours, vibrant and supple, excellent complexity, and a long ,finely poised finish. Already drinking well, it should be at its best from 2021 onwards."

Michael Cooper - Reviewed May 2019

Top 20 Central Otago Pinot Noirs (and wines of the week)

Awarded 5 Stars: 2017 Bendigo Estate Single Ferment Pinot Noir

"Pricey but amazing Pinot Noir from Rudi Bauer, the first professional winemaker in Central and now one of the first to spear head biodynamic wine production from sun drenched Bendigo in Otago. This means no man-made chemicals are used in the soils and lunar cycles are followed for planting, harvesting and production.

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Joelle Thomson - Reviewed May 2019

2019 New Zealand Organic Awards

NZ Organic Wine Awards

Our sixth annual NZ Organic Wine Award has now concluded and we proudly announce the results below: 

Bendigo Estate Single Ferment 2017 awarded 'Gold'

Methode Traditionnelle Rose NV awarded 'Gold'

Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017 awarded 'Silver'

Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV awarded 'Silver

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New Zealand Organic Awards - Reviewed May 2019