Aromas of dried apricots and honey with fresh lime notes. Vibrant, creamy and dry with crisp grapefruit followed by a hint of white pepper.
95 points and 5 Stars"It's appropriate that Austrian-born founder of Quartz Reef, Rudi Bauer, should make a wine from Austria's most productive grape variety. Delicious grüner veltliner with wet slate-mineral, citrus and floral flavours supported by soft, seductive acidity and an ethereal texture." By Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
This wine is from our BioGro certified organic and Demeter certified biodynamic estate vineyard located in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. The vineyard was planted in 1998 with the exception of our Gruner Veltliner which was planted in 2008. The soils on the beautiful north facing slope are Waenga fine sandy loam and Letts steepland soil with an elevation of 217 - 264 metres, on 44.55° south.
The season started with mild temperatures throughout Spring, an earlier than usual budburst and rainfall in late Nov/early Dec providing good levels of moisture. We were challenged with two severe cold fronts during budburst and flowering which despite frost fighting efforts resulted in a smaller crop. Warm and settled weather followed producing overall a hotter than usual growing season. With veraison starting in the last week of January, we began (to expect) yet another early harvest. The 2019 vintage impression is extremely good quality.
Hand-picked on the 8th April. Whole bunch pressed, free run juice only. Natural fermentation and aged on yeast lees for 8 months during which full malolactic fermentation occurred. Bottled on the 12th December 2019.