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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.

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.

Raymond Chan

Wine Reviews

Otto Pinot Noir 2017: Awarded 95 Points

"Lovely stuff: juicy and fine with purity and depth, and a nice sour cherry hint as well as ripe berry fruits. Nice acid, too. Delicious but serious with it, and the firmness in the structure indicate potential for development."

Jamie Goode, www.wineanorak.com - Reviewed February 2019

Franz Ferdinand Pinot Noir 2015: Awarded 95 Points

"Generous but elegant with ripe, sweet berry fruits and some red cherry focus. There’s a bit of sour cherry, too. Lovely structure. Very fine-grained and delicious. Layered."

Jamie Goode, www.wineanorak.com - Reviewed February 2019

Single Ferment Pinot Noir 2015: Awarded 94 Points

"Sweet and ripe. Quite dark with a hint of tar and some spice. Nice sweet black cherry fruit here. Generous but also structured."

Jamie Goode, www.wineanorak.com - Reviewed February 2019

Single Ferment Pinot Noir 2017: Awarded 95 Points

"Concentrated and broad with nice sweet black cherry and blackberry fruit with depth and intensity. Very assured with lovely texture and some savoury notes. There are some hints of oak, but they are fully integrated. A refined wine."

Jamie Goode, www.wineanorak.com - Reviewed February 2019

Single Ferment Pinot Noir 2016: Awarded 94 Points

"Each year Rudi keeps the ferments separate, and the one that expresses the vintage best is bottled separately. This year it was a six-barrel lot. Smooth, sleek and quite polished with nice rounded tannins under the elegant black cherry and blackberry fruit. Assured with grainy structure and a hint of creaminess."

Jamie Goode, www.wineanorak.com - Reviewed February 2019

Pinot Noir 2017: Awarded 94 Points

"Fresh, supple and rounded with sweet red cherry and raspberry fruit. Has nice polish and texture but also good structure and acidity. Ripe, expressive, elegant and grown up."

Jamie Goode, www.wineanorak.com - Reviewed February 2019

Pinot Noir 2016: Awarded 93 Points

"Fresh and sweetly fruited with lovely texture. There’s nice depth here: sweet raspberry and cherry fruit with a bit of raspberry bite. Tends to elegance with a bitter plum twist on the finish. Seductive but focused."

Jamie Goode, www.wineanorak.com - Reviewed February 2019

Pinot Gris 2017: Awarded 92 Points

"Nice depth here: ripe apple and sweet pear, with some tangerine and apricot. ‘Pinot Gris is about texture, texture, texture,’ says Rudi. ‘I see out Pinot Gris as having a Germanic approach, but looking across the Rhine to Alsace.’ This has nice depth of flavour: it’s rich but still focused with a bit of grip on the finish."

Jamie Goode, www.wineanorak.com - Reviewed February 2019

Gruner Veltliner 2017: Awarded 92 Points

"Generous nose with some pear and nectarine fruit, with some sweet melon notes. Lovely concentration and texture on the palate. Bold with ripe stone fruits. Nicely textured."

Jamie Goode, www.wineanorak.com - Reviewed February 2019

Methode Traditionnelle Rose NV: Awarded 90 Points

"This is all from 2016. 3.3 g/l dosage. Creamy hints and nice cherry fruit with some notes of rosehip syrup. There’s some strawberry richness too. Very drinkable with nice weight and freshness. ‘It’s a fun person that likes to party, but their feet are still firmly on the ground,’ says Rudi."

Jamie Goode, www.wineanorak.com - Reviewed February 2019

Methode Traditionnelle Vintage 2013 Blanc De Blancs: Awarded 92 Points

"91% Chardonnay and 9% Pinot Noir, 3.3 g/l dosage. Lovely notes of cream and toast, with nice freshness and purity, as well as some richer notes. Shows pear, citrus and a bit of apple fruit. Drinkable and pure with nice complexity."

Jamie Goode, www.wineanorak.com - Reviewed February 2019

Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV: Awarded 91

"This is a blend of 72% Pinot Noir and 28% Chardonnay, based on the 2017 vintage, with 4 g/l dosage. Lovely focus here: there’s a bit of citrus pith with some nice linear citrus fruit. Crisp and focused with lovely precision. Has nice brightness and a faint creamy, toasty richness. Good intensity and concentration."

Jamie Goode, www.wineanorak.com - Reviewed February 2019