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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 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. 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

Vintage Update

Vintage 2018 ~ "Achterbahn"

Rudi has summed up this years vintage with the name "Achterbahn" which translates to "Roller Coaster". His explanation is as follows: "Achterbahn meaning the number eight or Roller Coaster - a year like the original form of the roller coaster; a figure eight. So you can imagine the dramatic weather going from high to low very quickly and repeating itself."

And his "report in short" ...

Sparkling: Very good
Pinot Gris: Very happy; round and dry
Gruner Veltliner: Very, very small volume – very sad :(
Pinot Noir: Will show lots of generosity, charm and with some parcels the real beauty of our region

As you may be aware, 2018 was the hottest growing season ever in Central Otago’s’ history!  Our normal six months of nurturing, growing and ripening happening in a mere five months... and then came the rain, right when we didn't want or need it. But as is always the case with "grape farming", we revel in these challenges to get on with the job ahead to create great wines from our precious "vine babies".

We had a fabulous team to assist Rudi in the winery:

Mike from China joined our team earlier in the year on a permanent basis, fresh from Lincoln.

Martin from Austria, was recommended to us from a wine friend there for the Northern/Southern hemisphere influence.

Nika from America, had been working in New Zealand for the past year. Previously tending bees before ferments.

And last but not least, Ale(jandro), who is from Chile; he just seemed to appear one day, with a great smile and easy going personality to match. He was studying "fruiticulture" at the local polytechnic as well as "woofing" - A newcomer to the world of vineyards and winemaking, keen and willing to learn.

A true coming together from around the globe, Team QR 2018 worked wonderfully with exceptional humour, and sadly, we’ve already said our goodbyes as Nika, Ale & Martin have departed for their next adventures!