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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 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 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.

Vineyard

Split between two vineyards, Quartz Reef has 30 hectares cultivated within the Central Otago sub-region of Bendigo.

The principal Bendigo Estate Vineyard site is a 15 hectare north facing slope comprising arid clay, fine gravel and quartz soils. Originally planted to Pinot Noir (clone 10/5, 5, 115, 667, 777 & Abel) with a planting density of between 3,500 - 8,000 vines per hectare, the site also holds Pinot Gris (clone Mission, GM 2-15, GM 2-21) and Chardonnay (clone 15, 2-23 & B95) on various rootstocks. Both varietals are planted with a density of between 3,500-5,000 vines per hectare.

A small planting of Gruner Veltliner was planted in 2008.

Adjacent to this is our modestly north sloping 15 hectare vineyard comprising Waenga (fine sandy loam) and Molyneux (shallow sandy loam) soils. The vineyard serves to supply Quartz Reef with Pinot Noir (clone 10/5, 5, 115, 667 & 777) and Chardonnay (clone B95 & 15) for Methode Traditionnelle sparkling wine production. Pinot Gris is also grown here (clone GM 2-15, Sel Ovaille) for our still wine. This varietal is planted with a density of 3,800 vines per hectare.

Vineyard Location

198 Bendigo Loop Road, Bendigo 9383