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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 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 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.

Rudi Bauer

Wine Reviews

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2013

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Very dark, deep ruby-red colour with black-purple hues, a little lighter on rim. This has an elegantly proportioned bouquet with firmly concentrated aromas of ripe dark red berries and plums infused with iron-earth minerals and complexing savoury dark herbs, liquorice and reductive elements. Some cherry liqueur nuances emerge with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is very tightly concentrated with intense flavours of ripe dark raspberries, black cherries, liquorice and minerals. Layers of spicy herbs and iron-earth unfold, adding complexity. The fruit is supported by significant extraction, the tannins firm and fine-grained, providing real linearity. Discreet, lacy acidity lends energy and drive, carrying the wine to a very firm, lingering finish of raspberry and cherry liqueur along with tarry minerals. This is a very tight and concentrated Pinot Noir with raspberry and cherry liqueur flavours, earth and mineral complexity and a firmly textured, long finish. Match with lamb, beef, venison and hard cheeses over the next 7-10 years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 10/5, 5, 115, 667, 777 and Abel, from vines planted in 1998, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with a small percentage of whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine with a cuvaison of 24 days and aged 14 months in 24% new French oak barriques.

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Raymond Chan - Reviewed June 2015

Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2012

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Elegant, fruity, complex and inviting bouquet with a gentle soft herb note and moderate+ oak. On the palate – dry with medium to firm tannins and acidity; a layer of complexity emerges with a mineral and lightly floral layer; red fruits and soft brown spices, balanced and well made though still integrating over the next 2 years.

Cameron Douglas MS - TheShout NZ/HospitalityBusiness - Reviewed June 2015

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2013

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Complex bouquet of ripe red fruits interwoven with terroir layers of rocky sandy soils and organic florals; some obvious oak though the fruit soaks this up. On the palate – dry and equally complex with layers of fruit, soil, oak and lifted florals plus synergies between them all that add a feminine note; fine tannins with medium+ acidity and a long elegant finish.

Cameron Douglas MS - TheShout NZ/HospitalityBusiness - Reviewed June 2015