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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 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 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. 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

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Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2010 Central Otago NZ
90/100

Impressively perfumed wine with strong cherry and floral characters plus a hint of spice. Elegant wine with subtle power evidenced by a lengthy finish. Impressive purity and drive.
Bob Campbell, December 2011
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Gourmet Traveller Wine
December ’11 / January ‘12
100 Top New Release Wines Bob Campbell Mw
2010 Quartz Reef Pinot Gris
95 Points

This is one of Central Otago’s best examples of pinot gris. It has flavour intensity with pronounced pear and quince varietal characters, plus an ethereal texture. Technically off-dry but with a refreshingly drying finish.


Winewise October 2011
Volume 27 No 4 www.winewise.net.au
Searching for the Great Terroirs of Central Otago By David Yeates

QUARTZ REEF Rudi Bauer is one of the fathers of the Central Otago winemaking scene, and he and assistant winemaker Sam Jary are crafting beautiful pinot noirs and stylish sparkling wines from their steeply sloping vineyard in the Bendigo sub-region. One of Sam’s main tasks was to convert the vineyard over to biodynamics. The pinot wines tend to have more flavours in the dark fruit spectrum and are more structural due to the tannins delivered by the warm Bendigo site.
• Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle NV Bright colour with a very light blush, delicate fruit and yeasty notes on nose. Similar palate – very fine and delicate with excellent interplay between acid and deeper freshly baked bread notes on the long finish. 61% pinot noir, 39% chardonnay, two years on lees. Highly Recommended
• 2006 Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Light bright sparkling colour. Palate beautifully delicate but intense, with deeper brioche and toasty notes complementing excellent acidity on the long finish. 3% pinot noir, 97% chardonnay, four years on lees Outstanding
• 2008 Quartz Reef Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir A combination of Asian spices and dark berry fruits on nose, with layers of similar flavours plus deeper forest floor grunt on the palate. Great tannins and acid providing structure for the long haul. Outstanding
• 2010 Quartz Reef Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir Nose more shy and with a greater minerality than the 2008 bottling. A combination of Asian spices and red berry flavours on the palate. Very good tannins and acid on the long finish. Highly Recommended


Cuisine
Issue 149 November 2011 Sparkling Tasting bubble rapt
State of Luxe Ralph Kyte-Powell
TOP 5 QUARTZ REEF

Methode Traditionnelle Non Vintage Austrian-born Rudi Bauer makes a very refined sparkling wine from his pinot noir and chardonnay vineyards in Central Otago. His non-vintage version displays ultra-fine apple and citrus aromas of delicate purity, leading to an elegantly linear palate of great length and taut structure.
An outstanding aperitif style.


Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Central Otago NZ
93/100

Pinot Noir (61%) and Chardonnay (39%) from the Bendigo district of Central Otago. Weighty wine with an appealing bite of fresh acidity that transforms to a soft and beguiling suggestion of sweetness on the finish. A nice mix of austere citrus and mineral fruit flavours with fine, toasty autolysis. Bone dry.
Bob Campbell www.bobwinereviews.com Tasted: Oct 2011


Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle 2007 Central Otago NZ
90/100

A blend of Chardonnay 80%, and Pinot Noir 20% that has been aged on the lees for four years. The fine, toasty character of Chardonnay dominates although the Pinot Noir adds a hint of chocolate box character. Tight, youthful wine with good bready, nutty autolysis character. Stylish vintage Methode.
Bob Campbell www.bobwinereviews.com Tasted: Oct 2011


2010 Quartz Reef Pinot Gris
93 Points

Rudi Bauer’s 2010 pinot gris is a complex one, with a layer of honeysuckle, baking spices and creamy nougat sitting alongside ripe pear, orange and yellow peach. The palate swirls up into creamy textural shape; quite impressive weight and body here, with pears and white-peach fruits folding through almonds and gentle baking spices.
Nick Stock: Good Wine Guide 2012


Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2010
96 Points

The style has really evolved handsomely for Quartz Reef, marrying the right amount of weight and richness with elegant structure and complex, whole-bunch-derived fragrance and shape. This has plenty of ripe plum and cherry, bright purple musky fragrance, swirling spice and plenty of sweet, fragrant allure. The palate’s phenomenal, with really concentrated and tightly wound fruits making a sturdy, structured and concentrated pinot that has a happy life ahead.
Nick Stock: Good Wine Guide 2012


Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2010
97 Points

The black label says it all. This is one seriously swanky pinot noir, showing really deep, ripe spicy oak, earthy depth, dark plum, cherries of all colours, and graphite-like minerally notes. The palate’s tautly structured and made for some distance, yet the finesse and precision make it a compelling and alluring drink now. Great length, dark musky tannins fanning through the back, and lifting, sweet, spicy flavours off the finish.
Nick Stock: Good Wine Guide 2012


Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Rosé Nv
93 Points

This light salmon-pink rose has a composed, flinty nose that reflects thorough approach, ahead of bright and ripe red-berry fruits: strawberry and wild raspberry here, some light pastry notes too. The palate’s built on impressive, sizzling acidity and carries fresh, ripe wild-strawberry flavours in neat, composed shape. Good balance here.
Nick Stock: Good Wine Guide 2012


Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Rosé Nv
Based entirely on pinot noir, grown at Bendigo, in Central Otago, this pale pink bubbly is very fresh and lively, with strong, strawberryish, spicy flavours, yeasty and smooth. Dryish, it is an instantly appealing wine, with excellent harmony and length
Wine By Michael Cooper “Party Time” New Zealand Listener; 5th November 2011


Plan a pinot pilgrimage to New Zealand – and don’t forget the jet boat ride
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New Zealand’s Top 10 Pinot Gris # 4
Taste Magazine, October 2011

Consistently one of Central’s best Intense fruit flavours with an ethereal texture Off-dry but finishes fairly dry
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Live Wine Experience with Complexity New Zealand by WineChannel TV
Jessica Altieri, CEO of Wine Channel TV, takes you inside a Live Wine Experience with Complexity New Zealand Fine Wines. This unique Live Wine Experience at the Kenmore Live Studios, was streamed live around the world and included 12 winemakers from the New Zealand Complexity Fine Wine Group.
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Masterclass with New Zealand’s Escarpment and Quartz Reef
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Raymond Chans Reviews Quartz Reef Quality Plus from Bendigo 02 February, 2011
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Quartz Reef Pinot Gris 2010 Central Otago NZ
93/100

This is consistently one of Central Otago's best examples of Pinot Gris. It has flavour intensity with pronounced pear and quince varietal characters plus an ethereal texture. Technically off-dry but with a refreshingly drying finish.
Bob Campbell, August 2011| www.bobwinereviews.com


2008 Quartz Reef Pinot Noir Bendigo Estate Central Otago
By Stephen Tanzer Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Issue 158 Sept/Oct '11

Deep red. Sappy, complex aromas of red berries, minerals, flowers and smoke. Silky on entry, then sweet but reticent in the middle, hiding more than it's showing today. Most impressive in the way it spreads out to coat the palate on the long, sweetly tannic finish. With aeration, this really exploded with red fruits and minerals. Give it a couple years in the cellar.
92(+?) points


2008 Quartz Reef Pinot Noir Bendigo Central Otago
By Stephen Tanzer Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Issue 158 Sept/Oct '11

Bright, dark red. Pure, very dark aromas of blueberry, black cherry and blackberry aromas lifted by a floral topnote. Dense, ripe and creamy, with a terrific core of tactile dark berry and spice flavor. The wine's rich texture is firmed at the end by lively acidity. Broad, palate-saturating pinot with excellent verve. Finishes long, with the restrained sweetness of a top Burgundy.
91 points


Rudi Bauer talks to Nick Stock about the evolution of Quartz Reef with NZ WINE ONLINE


100 Must-Try New Zealand Wines
By Michael Cooper
Quartz Reef Méthode Traditionnelle (Vintage)

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SPECULATION has been rife for many years that Central Otago’s cool climate for viticulture and high-acid grapes suit sparkling wine production. A few companies, notably Rippon and Amisfield, have released highly promising bottles of fizz, but the clear leader is Quartz Reef.

Highly refined, the vintage bottling of Quartz Reef Méthode Traditionnelle is distinctly Champagne-like, with lovely freshness, intensity and vivacity.
Rich, lemony, yeasty and nutty, it ranks among New Zealand’s greatest sparklings. …

Bauer describes his classy bubbly as ‘focused, fresh and crisp, with beautiful balance and length’. On the palate, it is ‘creamy, textural and precise, with delightful elegance’. He also produces a lower-priced, but increasingly stylish, non-vintage sparkling, at its best very tight-knit and racy; and since 2010 a pink, strawberryish Méthode Traditionnelle Rosé.

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NZ profiles - Quartz Reef 1 Aug 2011
by Monty Waldin

Our series of Monty Waldin's profiles of leading New Zealand wine producers today features Quartz Reef in Central Otago. Monty is the author of Monty Waldin's Biodynamic Wine Guide 2011 (sold via www.lulu.com).

Quartz Reef was founded by Austrian Rudi Bauer (pictured above), the first qualified oenologist and viticulturalist to work in Central Otago. Initially he worked for Rolfe Mills at Rippon in 1989 in the vines. ‘The first thing I did there was sell all the weedkillers in the first step to convert to organic certification [this was not continued by Rippon].’ Bauer planted the first vines at Quartz Reef in 1998 on two neighbouring sites at Bendigo.

The main varieties are Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and some Chardonnay. In 2008 just over 1,000 Grüner Veltliner vines were planted. Since 2007 all the wines have come from estate-grown grapes.
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Flavours of New Zealand wow New York
The New Zealand food and beverage industry already enjoys an enviable global reputation supplying products to some of the world’s top restaurants, hotels and food stores. Following two recent special events in New York, export prospects to the United States are now looking even better.
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What's Cookin' on Wine with Michael Horn
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Tom Cannavan
Notes from New Zealand, 2011
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Tyson Stelzer
May 2011 Australia’s Wine Business Magazine
Méthode Traditionnelle Vintage 2006 93/100
How can Central Otago produce such finesse? With a lot of work! Low dosage, no malo and nigh-on four years on lees provide mineral acidity.
WINE 100 HEROES


Tyson Stelzer
May 2011 Australia’s Wine Business Magazine
M éthode Traditionnelle Rosé 92/100
Elegant Rosé? Big bada boom! Wild strawberries, cherry blossom and berry jam. Just when it looks like its gone too far it coasts into a refreshingly dry finish
WINE 100 HEROES


Methode Traditionnelle Vintage 2006 and Pinot Gris 2010
Perfect Pairings Awards in Singapore

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Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2008 94/100
This is a remarkably youthful and vibrant pinot from the Bendigo Estate vineyard. Winemaker Rudi Bauer uses largely Old World practices to capture the silky, effortless length and texture of this very good wine. Only about one-third new oak is used, allowing the appealing fruit qualities to stand out. Excellent wine.
The West Australian, Ray Jordan West Weekend, Saturday 21 May 2011


Radio NZ - National (Auckland) Nine to Noon - Late - 26/04/2011 Kathryn Ryan
Guest chef Rowan Bishop has recipes for Moroccan Tomato Soup with Ras el Hanout, Szechuan Claypot Casserole, and Citrus Brulee; wine selections by John Hawkesby.
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Challenge Euposia, February 2011
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New Zealand White Wine Love Affair
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Best Must-Have Wines of the 2010 Lunar New Year
Best Wine of the Year from the Cellar Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2002 and 2003 - Central Otago, New Zealand

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For the love of Pinot Asian Palate
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Wine Week 146 Cups of wine.
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Pinot Unearthed - A Catch up with Rudi Bauer of Quartz Reef (Central Otago)
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Nick Stock video reviews
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Rousseau 2007: Can New Zealand Pinot Noir Compare With Burgundy?
2007 Quartz Reef Pinot Noir Bendigo Estate

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Pink Bubbles Support Breast Cancer

Quartz Reef was very pleased to be able to support Rural Women New Zealand’s ‘Getting Plastered for Breast Cancer’ fundraising events around the country this month. Rural Women’s innovative concept that saw thousands of women making plaster cast ‘breast sculptures’ in a bid to raise awareness of regular breast self examination.

The breast sculptures have been painted and decorated, displayed and in many cases auctioned off at special events around the country. Quart Reef supplied bottles of their newly released Methode Traditionnelle Rose to help raise funds at the community events.

Members of Parliament Dr Jackie Blue and Louise Upston ‘got plastered’ at Parliament for the launch of the campaign on 12 October. Both women were delighted to received bottles of Quartz Reef Rose as special thanks for their support.

“We’re delighted to support Rural Women’s ‘Getting Plastered’ campaign. Each October almost everything in New Zealand goes ‘pink’ for the important cause. The release of our new Rose, a sparkling pink wine with a wonderful strawberry palette, seemed to coincide well and after being approached by Rural Women, we were very pleased to supply bottles to help the organisation raise funds and awareness for breast cancer,” says Quartz Reef winemaker Rudi Bauer.

People can donate to the ‘Let’s Get Plastered for Breast Cancer’ campaign at www.ruralwomen.org.nz. Rural Women are hoping to raise $20,000 for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation by May 2011.


Gourmet Traveller Wine
October / November 2010
Top 12 Tasted & Rated
NZ Pinot Noir Bob Campbell MW
2008 Quartz Reef Bendigo Pinot Noir
96 Points 5 Stars
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Gourmet Traveller Wine
October / November 2010
Top 12 Tasted & Rated
NZ Pinot Noir Bob Campbell MW
2007 Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir
97 Points
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Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2007

An emerging Central Otago star. Designed for cellaring, it is estate-grown on a steep, north-facing, ‘seriously warm’ site at the north-east end of Lake Dunstan, at Bendigo Station. The 2007 vintage is a serious, savoury red. Highly complex, it has deep, youthful in colour and a finely scented bouquet. Powerful, yet also graceful and supple, it has highly concentrated, ripe cherry, spice and nut flavours, with good tannin support, and obvious cellaring potential.

MICHAEL COOPER’S Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2010 Potential Classic


Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Rosé

What’s the best way to welcome a new bubbly? By drinking a glass of it, of course. The best bubbles from New Zealand come from the South Island and this deep southern version from Central Otago is brand new to the market this year. It tastes of strawberries and cherries. Winemaker Rudi Bauer is a Pinot Noir maestro, adding it into this wine for weight and body – just another reason to pour a glass or two of this fun, fizzy newcomer.

By Joelle Thomson, DrinksBiz, October 2010 – Top 10 Tasting


2009 Quartz Reef Pinot Gris

A sexy gris style leading the trend. Gorgeous floral aromatics, spicy pink pear skins, grapefruit and lychee with real presence on the palate. Superb balance, quartzy mineral clarity and loads of texture from extended lees contact. An exceptionally good food wine. Match with spicy Asian dishes, poultry, kingfish

Adelaide Advertiser; 30 September 2010


Quartz Reef Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Gris 2009

Beautifully balanced, this zesty wine hints of lime, ginger and mineral, has a suggestion of toasted nuts, restrained richness and texture, and a tight, dry finish.

Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times 22.09.10


Quartz Reef Central Otago NZ Methode Traditionnelle 2006
91/100

Remarkably fresh with subtle citrus fruit flavours and a suggestion of chalky minerality. Light with an ethereal texture. Stylish wine with purity and drive. 97% Chardonnay, lees for three years.

Bob Campbell, September 2010


Quartz Reef Pinot Gris 2009 Central Otago NZ
90/100

Pure and concentrated wine with appealing naschi pear and mineral flavours. An off/dry flavour and lengthy finish. Impressive mouth feel.

Bob Campbell, August 2010


Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2007 Central Otago NZ
95/100

Flagship wine from Quartz Reef's impressive hillside vineyard in the Bendigo district of Central Otago. Only made in exceptional vintages. Elegant, fine-boned, powerful wine with impressive tautness. Lean and powerful with good acidity and ripe tannins. The oak is clearly evident but nicely complements the dark cherry and spice fruit flavours. While Quartz Reefs' regular Pinot Noir from this vintage is more accessible and arguably offers more pleasure at this stage this wine is a clear favourite for the cellar.

Bob Campbell, August 2010


Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2008 Bendigo Central Otago NZ
94/100

This is a top flight Pinot Noir showing concentration that's impressive from a vintage that produced many lighter than usual wines. It reinforces my belief that Bendigo is a great Central Otago sub-region that's destined to succeed in vintages where others are less successful. It has a rich, silken texture with dense plum, black cherry and spice flavours. It's easy to appreciate now but shows good cellaring potential.

Bob Campbell; July 2010


The Tasting Panel magazine
May 2010 www.tastingpanelmag.com
Time for Kiwi Pinot Noir By Anthony Dias Blue

… Central Otago may hold the greatest promise of all … Recent New Zealand Pinot Noirs that I especially liked: Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2008 Racy and fresh; long and bright with keen cherry flavors and lovely fruit


In praise of the pinot noir

BEIJING, May 29 --Wine consumption on the Chinese mainland is tiny by world standards, at about half a glass per person per year. In Australia, where I live, average wine consumption is about 80 glasses a year.

Australia makes good pinot noir. But pinot noir from New Zealand's Central Otago region has been receiving much attention from the world's influential wine critics.

Rudi Bauer, winemaker for Quartz Reef in Central Otago, is the region's best-known winemaker. He was one of six people short-listed as international winemaker of the year, the equivalent of a wine-world Oscar.

.Gibbston Valley was an early standard setter in Central Otago, its 2000 vintage gaining the trophy for best pinot noir at the London International Wine Challenge. Such is the demand for that wine that it sells for $NZ 450 ($300) a bottle.

In 2008 the Wild Earth 2006 pinot noir received an award for best pinot, and then the trophy for champion red wine, at the International Wine Challenge in London. Last year, Cuisine magazine named the wine New Zealand's best pinot noir.

Wild Earth's owner Quintin Quider, an American, told me yields were deliberately kept low to improve fruit quality. The vineyard sits at the end of Felton Road, opposite the famous Felton Road Vineyard.

Next door to Wild Earth, another American, Jen Parr, is weaving magic in the vineyard at Olssens, and picking up lots of awards, especially for her whites. Parr's 2009 Annieburn Riesling is sold out, such is the demand for this sweet delight. The 2009 dry version of the Riesling has elegance and great length, with hints of honeysuckle and lime.

Perhaps the best-known red at Olssens is the Nipple Hill pinot noir. It is a friendly, entry-level red with plenty of ripe fruit.

(Source: China Daily / by Stephen Quinn)
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Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2002 - 1st April 2010;

Dear Rudi,

 

I had to work until late at home tonight so I opened a bottle of the 2002 to help me along.

 

It is gorgeous.........interestingly, it starts off very light indeed on the nose and light and refined on the palate (predominantly cherries) so that you think it has faded from its younger power but it then puts on increasing weight with extended time in the glass and three hours after opening it is absolutely gorgeous and still unfolding weightier aromas and palate sensations (milky coffee, kirsch, caramel).  Most of all, it still drinks like it is a pretty adolescent who will grow up to be a stunner. This has at least another 3-5 years to evolve, unfold and improve further.

 

Just to share.......

 

With warm regards,

Mike (Hong Kong)


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Wine Maker of the Year -
Royal Agricultural Society Gold Medal: Rudi Bauer, Central Otago
Posted 29th March, 2010

While Rudi was attending the DER FEINSCHMECKER Wine Awards in Germany as a Winemaker of the Year nominee, he was awarded Wine Maker of the Year 2010 New Zealand Agricultural Society Royal Easter Show.

The Royal Easter Show Wine Awards is New Zealand’s oldest, most respected wine competition.

Rudi, who is currently in Germany to attend the DER FEINSCHMECKER Wine Awards, was surprised and honoured to have been awarded the Royal Agricultural Society Gold Medal.

“It was a great surprise when I found out about the award. It’s a true honour to be recognised amongst New Zealand’s finest wine makers, “says Rudi.

An Italian winemaker won the Wine Maker of the Year award at the DER FEINSCHMECKER Wine Awards in Germany. Rudi was one of six people nominated for the award, dubbed the ‘wine Oscars’.

Rudi, Austrian by birth, has been working in New Zealand since 1985. He moved to Central Otago to make the region's first gold and trophy Pinot Noir at Rippon Vineyard in 1991. Rudi moved on to Canterbury to produce consistent medal-winners for Giesen over five years. In 1996 Rudi formed Quartz Reef in Bendigo, Central Otago specialising in Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Methode Traditionnelle.


Kiwi winemaker up for prestigious award
Posted 25th January, 2010

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For the first time ever a Kiwi winemaker is in the running for what has been dubbed the Oscars of the wine world.
Cromwell, Central Otago is as far as you can get from the traditional world of wine in Europe, but one vineyard is impressing them.
Wine guru Oz Clarke checked out Quartz Reed Vineyard and was impressed with what he tasted.
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An Austrian in NZ
Posted 13th October, 2009

Video

One of the great pleasures of working in the wine trade is meeting a host of people for whom their sense of adventure as well as a desire to make great wine has taken them far from their native places. A great example of just such a globetrotting grape fanatic is Rudi Bauer of Quartz Reef. Presumably quite at home in the mountains of New Zealand’s South Island, Rudi is nonetheless pretty far from his Austrian birthplace. Here he explains how it all happened, and just why Bendigo is (going to be) a great spot for his beloved Pinot Noir.
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Quartz Reef featured on Country Calendar Episode 21, 30 Aug 2008


Radio NZ review by John Hawkesby, 17th August
“Quartz Reef Non Vintage…..another Central Otago beauty from Rudi Bauer – Real Champagne you have when you are not having Champagne – sophisticated, suave, complex (a bit like myself); lovely biscuity after taste, lovely texture, fresh, crisp and elegant – will allow the chocolate to sing, at the same time cleansing the pallet”
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 Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2006
96/100
Superb depth and doubled-up richness in this super cuvee from Rudi Bauer. Strong ripe cherry and spiced blueberry fruits, some savoury biscuit oak – very pure and direct.
The palates dense yet elegant, and files tannins in ascending layers, a savoury commanding finish. Intensity with grace.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2009


 Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2006 
A bold, fleshy, generous red … It’s a deeply coloured wine, muscular, warm and savoury, with cherryish, nutty flavours showing excellent complexity and density. 
Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2007
Dark, fragrant, sturdy and savoury, with sweet fruit flavours of cherries, plums and spices, rich and finely textured. 
Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2005 
Richly coloured, with a highly fragrant and complex bouquet, it’s a powerful, authoritative, savoury, very concentrated red. 
Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2006
Deeply coloured, with a strong seasoning of new oak. Still very youthful, it is sweet-fruited, with rich cherry, plum and spice flavours and firm underlying tannins.  It’s clearly a keeper.
Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2009


 Gourmet Traveller Wine Top 12 Tasted & Rated
NZ Sparkling Wines Bob Campbell
The gap between New Zealand’s finest sparkling wines and those hailing from Champagne is closing at a rate of knots, according to Bob Campbell MW. His top 12 is a case in point with cool contenders Marlborough and Central Otago leading the charge.
93/100
2003 Quartz Reef Chauvet
It had three years and nine months maceration before being riddled and disgorged.  Unusually, it has not undergone malolactic fermentation.  The result is a rich, bready wine made in an oxidative style with a suggestion of sherry-like aldehydes.  It’s a pure, lifted methode with a strong character, an ethereal texture and a pleasantly drying finish.  The wine achieves some of the almost perfume-like aromatics I expect to find in Champagne.
Dec’08/Jan’09


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Gourmet Traveller Wine Top 12 Tasted & Rated
NZ Sparkling Wines Bob Campbell

The gap between New Zealand’s finest sparkling wines and those hailing from Champagne is closing at a rate of knots, according to Bob Campbell MW. His top 12 is a case in point with cool contenders Marlborough and Central Otago leading the charge.
93/100

2003 Quartz Reef Chauvet
It had three years and nine months maceration before being riddled and disgorged.  Unusually, it has not undergone malolactic fermentation.  The result is a rich, bready wine mad in an oxidative style with a suggestion of sherry-like aldehydes.  It’s a pure, lifted methode with a strong character, an ethereal texture and a pleasantly drying finish.  The wine achieves some of the almost perfume-like aromatics I expect to find in Champagne.
Dec’08/Jan’09


Wine Of The Weeknz Listener
‘Tis the season to drink bubbly’ Michael Cooper
Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle, Four and a Half Stars
Central Otago is starting to yield some of the country’s most champagne-like bubblies.  A top buy, this blend of pinot and chardonnay is deliciously tight-knit, intense, dryish and lingering.
December 13, 2008 Festive Fizz


Cuisine Issue 131
Pinot Noir 2007,
Five Stars
Wake up and smell the violets in this “essence-of-Central” succulent, ripe expression from Austrian-born but Central Otago-captured winemaker Rudi Bauer
November 2008, New Zealand Pinot Noir Tasting


Quartz Reef Central Otago Pinot Gris 2007
"Quartz Reef produces one of Central Otago's consistently best examples of Pinot Gris. This wine has moderately intense flavours with lifted spice and gentle tree fruit flavours. Made in an off/dry style with a rich and lingering finish."
4 stars, 89/100
Bob Campbell, August 2008 (tasted) - bobswinereviews.com


Seven Reds Heaven Sent
MiNDFOOD Wine Editor Joelle Thomson's weekly tastings
2006 Quartz Reef Pinot Noir

"This fantastically consistent pinot noir is produced by an Austrian winemaker who lives in New Zealand and has a passion for top burgundy. One of the best Kiwi pinots, it is silky, soft and spicy. A wine that woos you onto each next sip with its subtle style. Fantastic value too for such a quality wine. Available from specialist wine stores."
Joelle Thomson, July 7, 2008


Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2006
"Ripe, with silky depth to the cherry pie, wild berry, dried herb and spice flavours. Violet, sandalwood and slate nuances add intrigue, with lithe tannins, cedar and lingering lemon thyme notes. Drink now through 2011. 88/100."
Wine Spectator, May 15, 2008


Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 90/100
The Bendigo Estate Vineyard 2006 Pinot Noir Has A Gorgeous, Chocolate-Scented, Earthy Nose With A Sinewy, Medium-Bodied Palate With Powerful Animally Fruit, Touches Of Tobacco And Thyme, A Brooding Bugger That Demands Patience.
Wine Advocate Issue #176 April 2008 2006


First ever Quartz Reef tasting by Neal Martin
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Methode Traditionnelle, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, eRobertParker.com - April 2008


Quartz Reef Chauvet Brut NV Central Otago
So immersed am I in getting the 1,250 Burgundy 2006 notes ready for publication that it completely slipped my mind to tell you about today's wine of the week.

Funnily enough the most striking wine for me from last week's annual generic tasting of New Zealand wines in London was a sparkling one, the traditional method Pinot and Chardonnay fizz of Rudi Bauer at Quartz Reef, currently sold by Wheeler Cellars, one of the new companies into which Lay & Wheeler has fractured, both by mail order and at their Colchester shop for £13.99. Tel +44 (0)1206 713560.

I thought this wine from the southernmost wine region in the world was really interesting and was refreshingly bone dry. Besides, Austrian-born Rudi Bauer was one of the most memorable characters I remember from my single visit to ths beautiful wine region, puzzlingly (for a time) referring to a place called Joska Fay, which turned out to the favourite Queenstown hangout of Central Otago's winemakers Joe's Cafe.

The blend is 70% Pinot Noir, Otago's signature grape variety, and 30% Chardonnay and I thought it excellent value for the amout of autolysis character it had gained from ageing on the lees.

Really well done - and very refreshing.
22 Jan 2008 by Janice Robison


2007

Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle NV
"Top of my pops, is Central Otago Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle NV."
Don Higgins, 'Hubble bubble'
NZ House & Garden Magazine – December 2007


Quartz Reef Chauvet Methode Traditionnelle Vintage 2003
With immense finesse and poise, this is one of New Zealand's finest and most Champagne-like sparkling wines. It is made in partnership between this top Central Otago producer and the Champagne House Marc Chauvet, and the secret of some of its seriousness lies in the near four years it's spent developing complexity on its lees. Beautifully balanced bubbles, with a gently yeasty toasty palate underpinned by bright and well integrated minerally lemon and grapefruit acid, and a length that feels like it goes from Central to Champagne and back.
New Zealand Herald, Viva, Jo Burzynska - 19 December 2007
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Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle NV
"This exciting Central Otago wine is inspired by a partnership between Quartz Reef and the Marc Chauvet Champagne house in France. It is a blend of about 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. It spends 26 months on lees which gives this methode traditionnelle complexity and depth. This lively, fresh bubbly has delicious lemony, yeasty characters and a long, rich finish."
Raymond Chan, Regional Wines and Spirits
2007 Top 30 Christmas Collection


Top Ten Sparkling Wines of the World
#5 - Quartz Reef Chauvet Methode Traditionnelle 2002
stars

"Affiliation with small Champagne house Marc Chauvet underpins Rudi Bauer's sparkling wine cred, and there's a definite French accent to this rich Central Otago sparkler. Citrus and candied fruit characters combine with a delightful lingering tang. Yum."
Cuisine Magazine - November 2007


NZ Pinot Noir Tasting
Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
stars
"We loved this wine with its fruitcake character and dense flavours, wrapped about a savoury core. Warm, generous and flowing in a sturdy, robust style."
Cuisine Magazine - November 2007


TVNZ "Hunger for the Wild" - Series 2
Episode 6: Cod & Clam - Otago Peninsula
Wine match: Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle
Logan and Brown drive south to Dunedin and wind their way around Otago Peninsula as they track down blue cod and clams for a boat shed brunch at Papanui Inlet
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Wine of the Week
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Sue Courtney, wineoftheweek.com - 9th September 2007


Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Chauvet Vintage 2002
94 / stars :
"This is an outstanding sparkling wine. Made from 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay with nearly four years on lees, this brilliant bubbly exhibits a rich, complex bouquet of ripe apples and savoury Pinot characters. The palate is amazing: layers of flavours with beautifully weighted texture and fine acidity leading to an incredibly long finish. This is a richer style (Bollinger-like) with power and authority, great as an aperitif but even better with food. One of the finest New World sparkling wines I’ve tasted. At its best: now to 2008."
Wine Orbit - Sam Kim, July 2007


Quartz Reef Central Otago Pinot Noir 2005
91 points

"Firm and very intense, with muscularity to ripe black cherry, pomegranate and spice box notes. Crushed stone flavors underscore the concentrated fruit, with cedary oak and cut tannins honing the persistent finish. Drink now through 2011."
Wine Spectator, April 2007


Stephen Bennett - Bendigo Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
"Quality Pinot Noir labels... Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Vineyard, Central Otago."
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Absolutely, Positively Pinot? Stephen Bennett MW
Imbibe, North & South Magazine - April 2007


"One of the Top 10 New Zealand Producers"
Atkin On The Case, 'At the shrine of goddess Pinot'
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February 2007