Quartz Reef Wines - News http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/ Pinot Palooza Auckland - 7 September http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/pinot-palooza-auckland--7-september.912/ 2019-09-07 2019-09-07 09:21:49 Quartz Reef <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/https___cdn-evbuc-com_images_61417307_15046506391_1_original.jpg" alt="Pinot Palooza Auckland" width="550" height="275" /></p> <p>GET READY TO PINOT!</p> <p><br />ARE YOU READY to let your taste buds loose over some of the finest wines produced in the world?!Pinot Palooza is wine that ROCKS. Our line-up of Pinot producers are the best from Australia, New Zealand and beyond. So come, soak up the wine, music and taste your way across the #pinot spectrum.This event sells out every year so be sure to get in quick!<br /><br />#PINOTPALOOZA</p> Pinot Noir Day - 18 August http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/pinot-noir-day--18-august.911/ 2019-08-18 2019-08-18 09:14:48 NZ Wine <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/facebooklink-1200x630.png" alt="NZ Pinot Noir Day" width="550" height="289" /></p> <p>Not that you need an excuse, Pinot Noir Day on Sunday 18 August is the perfect day to celebrate NZ&rsquo;s top red wine variety. <br /><br />Share how much you #lovenzpinot! <br /><br />Learn more here: nzwine.com/pinot #pinotnoirday</p> Air New Zealand Fine Wines of New Zealand http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/air-new-zealand-fine-wines-of-new-zealand.902/ 2019-05-07 2019-05-07 11:26:01 Air New Zealand <p><strong><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/E-Sig_NZ-Fine-Wines.jpg" alt="Vintage 2013 Blanc de Blancs" width="550" height="284" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Method&eacute; Traditionnelle Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2013</strong></p> <p>Honoured to be chosen for the&nbsp;4th consecutive year as one of the&nbsp;82 Air New Zealand FINE WINES OF NEW ZEALAND 2019.</p> <p><a href="https://finewines.nz/the-list-2019.html" title="2019 Fine Wines of New Zealand ">View the full list here</a></p> Central Otago: Rudi Bauer and Quartz Reef http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/central-otago-rudi-bauer-and-quartz-reef.878/ 2019-02-10 2019-02-10 08:50:53 Jamie Goode, www.wineanorak.com <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/P1012573-500x333.jpg" alt="Rudi in the Bendigo Vineyard" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p>It was great to spend some time with one of the pioneering figures of Central Otago wine, Rudi Bauer. Fresh off the plane from the UK, I picked up a car, drove to Cromwell, checked into my accommodation and then spent four hours talking, tasting and walking through vineyards with him.</p> <p>When Rudi began working for Rippon in 1989, he was the first qualified winemaker and viticulturist in the region. At that time, Central Otago was just a baby, as wine regions go: it was only two years after the first release of a commercial wine from Central. Rudi was working Black Ridge and William Smith, as well as Rippon. And in Gibbston, there was Chard Farm, Gibbston Valley and Terramea, who were looked after by Rob Hay. There were no vineyards in the Cromwell Basin, now the largest part of Central.</p> <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/P1012543-500x333.jpg" alt="Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Vineyard" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p>Rudi first came here while he was cycling around South Island, and he met a girl, who&rsquo;s now his wife. This, as well as the beauty of the place, is why he decided to move here, after doing a vintage with Simi in Sonoma with Zelma Long.</p> <p>While he was working for Rippon, Rudi began looking around for potential vineyard sites. In 1990, he identified one in Bendigo, but it wasn&rsquo;t until almost a decade later that he bought it. Bendigo is the warmest sub-region of Central Otago, on the opposite side of the lake from Lowburn and Pisa, with Bannockburn to the south and Wanaka to the north. It&rsquo;s named after the Bendigo in Victoria, Australia: many of the gold miners here had previously been mining in Bendigo, and brought the name with them.</p> <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/P1012520-500x333.jpg" alt="The view from Bendigo" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p>For four years, 1993-1997, Rudi worked for Giesen at their original winery in Burnham near Christchurch in Canterbury. But the purchase and planting of his own vineyard, the first in Bendigo, was to bring him back to Central. &lsquo;I spent a lot of time looking at the soil types,&rsquo; says Rudi. &lsquo;The soil was OK. Then we collected weather data, which was difficult to get, but I got hold of the weather data from when they did the study on the Clyde dam. It took us a while to find water, and then there was the selection of which clones to plant and which rootstock. Then a big question for me was how to translate my experience from Europe, California and Oregon to the conditions here.&rsquo;</p> <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/P1012552-500x333.jpg" alt="Cross section showing the soil profile" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p>The main vineyard is a 15 hectare north-facing slope, with clay, fine gravel and quartz soils. He began planting this in 1998. It was initially planted with Pinot Noir (clones 10/5, 5, 115, 667, 777 &amp; Abel), with a planting density of between 3500 to 8000 vines per hectare. Later on, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay were added, and then more recently some Gruner Veltliner was added. Next to this is another 15 hectare block which is used to make sparkling base. &lsquo;What I have learned from the land is that it is a much better site than I expected,&rsquo; says Rudi, &lsquo;but also that it is a much more difficult site to understand.&rsquo;</p> <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/P1012592-500x333.jpg" alt="Biodynamic Centre Soil" width="250" height="167" />&nbsp;<img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/P1012590-500x333.jpg" alt="Biodynamic centre soil" width="250" height="167" /></p> <p>Since 2007 he&rsquo;s been farming with biodynamics, but the journey towards this was an interesting one. &lsquo;I came to New Zealand and the first thing I did when I arrived at Rippon was to sell their herbicides,&rsquo; he recalls. &lsquo;The first thing I did when I bought Quartz Reef was to buy herbicides. This tells you two things. One, it is very easy to spend someone else&rsquo;s money, and two I was so overwhelmed about this site. I had all the three Ws: lack of water, lots of wind and heaps of weeds.&rsquo; In addition, mechanical weeding was challenging because there were lots of rocks in the vineyard. But he was still keen on the idea of biodynamics. &lsquo;Finally, after being pregnant for nine years, in 2007 we made the call and from one day to another, we converted the whole lot and never looked back.&rsquo;</p> <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/P1012596-500x333.jpg" alt="These barrels are where the preps are dynamized by hand" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p>Quartz Reef produces 10-12 000 cases of wine per year altogether, with 5000 of that being sparkling.</p> <p>The Pinots are lovely wines, and over the years they have become more refined, with better tannins. &lsquo;I always like Pinots with structure,&rsquo; says Rudi. &lsquo;But now our structural element is built of titanium, and not stainless steel. It&rsquo;s lighter; there&rsquo;s elegance; it&rsquo;s stronger. You can feel the structure, but it&rsquo;s not as obvious, as with stainless steel.&rsquo;</p> <p>Visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/new-zealand/central-otago-10-rudi-bauer-and-quartz-reef">http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/new-zealand/central-otago-10-rudi-bauer-and-quartz-reef</a>&nbsp;to read the full blog post</p> A Central Otago Winemaker has taken out a prestigious New Zealand Wine Award http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/a-central-otago-winemaker-has-taken-out-a-prestigious-new-zealand-wine-award.871/ 2019-02-01 2019-02-01 15:28:24 Editor <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/DSC_4835.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="550" /></p> <p>Last week Rudi Bauer of Quartz Reef Wines was awarded the 2019 Gourmet Traveller Wine NZ Leadership award. The second annual Gourmet Traveller WINE &ldquo;New Zealand Winemaker of the Year Awards&rdquo; dinner was held at Gusto at The Grand in Auckland.</p> <p>The leadership award is given to a high achiever working in any area of wine who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. The recipient of this esteemed award was announced by New Zealand editor of Gourmet Traveller Wine and chair of judges, Bob Campbell MW who had the following to comment about the criteria requisite, &ldquo;Someone who has made a difference and through their actions have inspired others to follow their lead.&rdquo; Rudi Bauer was selected as the 2019 recipient by a judging panel led by Bob Campbell MW and supported by Cameron Douglas MS &amp; Raymond Chan.</p> <p>&ldquo;Rudi is a tireless enthusiast who will put up his hand to help with anything he&rsquo;s passionate about. A speaker and presenter at numerous national and international events and masterclasses, he&rsquo;s a leading promotor of the Central Otago region and a figurehead of New Zealand wine in general&rdquo;, said Campbell.</p> <p>Bauer who founded Quartz Reef Wines in 1996 was grateful to accept the award, &ldquo;We have come a long way in such a short time. Now it is time to be ready for our next written page. For our current and future leaders, I want that we achieve to grow and vinify 100% dynamic varietal expressive site distinctive wines - embedded in our cultural heritage of Aotearoa.&nbsp; It is our privilege and responsibility that wine is part of New Zealand culture<em>.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Bauer moved to Central Otago in the late 80&rsquo;s to work for Rippon Vineyard, making the region's first gold and trophy pinot noir in 1991. He was awarded Winemaker of the Year in 1999 and again in 2010. He was also honoured to be the first New Zealand winemaker nominated for the prestigious &ldquo;Der Feinschmecker Winemaker of the Year&rdquo; in 2010.</p> <p>Widely considered as a far-sighted pioneer of the Central Otago wine region and one of the most charismatic producers in the country, this award follows decades of dedication to the industry and recognises numerous achievements throughout his career.</p> Why visit Central Otago? Let me give you a few reasons… http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/why-visit-central-otago-let-me-give-you-a-few-reasons.873/ 2019-01-31 2019-01-31 15:41:07 Lucia Volk, CWE <p>If you ever have an opportunity to go visit the southernmost wine region in the world, jump on it!&nbsp; The first reason is that it happens to be on New Zealand&rsquo;s South Island, where it is impossible to put the camera down, with all the snow-capped mountains, azure-colored glacial lakes, as-wide-as-the-eye-can-see flocks of sheep feeding on fresh grass and wildflowers, and wild, rugged coastlines populated with seals, penguins, and a fantastic array of birds.&nbsp;Rippon&nbsp;on Lake Wanaka in Otago is alleged to be the most photographed winery on earth. No matter where you look, you are likely to utter some version of OMG!</p> <p>Central Otago is the only wine region in New Zealand with a (semi)continental climate, benefitting from the rain shadow of the Southern Alps and the dry Maniototo Plain, an extension of the Mackenzie Region, to the east. Of course, New Zealand is a relatively narrow island surrounded by ocean, which keeps the climate overall cool. Since Jancis Robinson famously wrote in the 2001 edition of the&nbsp;<em>World Atlas of Wine</em>&nbsp;that &ldquo;many believe this is where the Pinot grail is to be found,&rdquo; Central Otago has generated a significant amount of buzz. This brings me to the second reason for going: it is a worthy quest!</p> <p>Otago is one of sixteen administrative regions of New Zealand, with a population of roughly 230,000. Central Otago is home to Queenstown and Wanaka, picture-perfect lake towns that draw increasing numbers of tourists. Their bustle and noise, as well as steadily rising home prices, have sent old-time Otago residents to calmer places such as Cromwell and Bannockburn.&nbsp; These two towns are at the heart of the Central Otago&rsquo;s wine region, which is most usefully imagined as a triangle containing nine non-contiguous subregions of various sizes within.&nbsp; The triangle begins east of Queenstown/Lake Wakatipu with the oldest and highest subregion&nbsp;<strong>Gibbston&nbsp;</strong>(first commercial release of wine in 1987). The imaginary line goes northeast to the town of Wanaka with the subregion&nbsp;<strong>Wanaka</strong>&nbsp;by the eponymous lake, and the lesser-known area of&nbsp;<strong>Queensberry</strong>&nbsp;to the east. Continuing the imaginary line to the southeast to the towns of Clyde and Alexandra, the subregion called&nbsp;<strong>Alexandra</strong>&nbsp;boasts&nbsp;<em>both</em>&nbsp;the hottest&nbsp;<em>and</em>coldest temperatures of the entire region. If you complete the triangle by connecting Alexandra to Queenstown, and then look for the triangle&rsquo;s center, you find Lake Dunstan, bordered by the subregions of&nbsp;<strong>Bannockburn, Cromwell&nbsp;</strong>and&nbsp;<strong>Lowburn&nbsp;</strong>at the southern shores<strong>,</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Pisa&nbsp;</strong>to the east, and&nbsp;<strong>Bendigo,&nbsp;</strong>with its own subregion<strong>&nbsp;Tarras,&nbsp;</strong>to the west. (Tarras obtained world fame when Shrek,&nbsp;The Hermit Sheep&nbsp;was discovered nearby!)</p> <p>Each of these subregions features different altitudes, soil types, sun exposure, and rainfall. The wine map for Central Otago is, in other words, a quilt with many patches of different fabrics and colors. As my diligent tasting efforts revealed, the star grape Pinot Noir&mdash;75% of Central Otago plantings&ndash;can develop a wide array of aromas and flavors on different sites, and so can Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gr&uuml;ner Veltliner or Gew&uuml;rztraminer. Once you drive yourself from one (side of the) lake to the next, you are able to appreciate the many differences that affect what ends up in the bottle.&nbsp; It is much more fun to do it on site than to read about it online.</p> <p>Most of the region&rsquo;s 175 vineyards are family-owned, with an average size of about 10 ha [24 acres]. But big money in the form of foreign investment is beginning to reach Central Otago.&nbsp; Foley Family Wines recently bought one of the flagship wineries,&nbsp;Mt. Difficulty, in Bannockburn for NZ$55 million (about US$38 million).&nbsp; While it is too early to tell what impact this sale will have on the region&mdash;it certainly sent a jolt through the wine community&mdash;winemakers I spoke to hope that it will bring new ideas that can benefit everyone in this tight-knit community.</p> <p>For instance, Rudi Bauer of&nbsp;Quartz Reef&mdash;please try his unbelievably affordable and delicious hand-crafted M&eacute;thode Traditionelle Brut&mdash;believes that Central Otago has yet to reach its fullest potential. Standing in his vineyard in Bendigo situated on NZ&rsquo;s largest quartz deposit, he proudly pointed out the region&rsquo;s significant accomplishments in producing premium wines in only 30 short years. In the 1980s, nobody expected vineyards to survive the annual frosts. Dr. Stuart Elms decided to plant Pinot Noir near the Kawarau River on&nbsp;Felton Road&nbsp;in Bannockburn in 1992, when nobody else believed his grapes would ripen.</p> <p>ow under new ownership, Felton Road produces award-winning Pinot Noir, which you should definitely try, as well as their bracing Riesling and intense Chardonnay. It was difficult to obtain vines to plant, and nobody understood the soils well enough to know which vine should go where.&nbsp; At this time, as older vineyards come up for replanting on Felton Road, new varieties will replace the old. Bauer started his Bendigo venture in 1996. He was one of the first to plant on a hillside rather than alluvial flats near the lake, helping him keep frost damage under control (colder air seeks lower elevation).</p> <p>Much of the accumulating vineyard knowledge is shared among the region&rsquo;s winemakers. One lovely example of winery collaboration is the 4 Barrels Walking Wine trail of four Cromwell-based wineries, the&nbsp;Wooing Tree,&nbsp;Misha&rsquo;s,&nbsp;Aurum,&nbsp;and&nbsp;Scott Base.</p> <p><a href="http://winewitandwisdomswe.com/2019/01/31/guest-blogger-why-visit-central-otago-let-me-give-you-a-few-reasons/">Read the full article here</a></p> PINOT CELEBRATION 2019: 24 - 29 JAN http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/pinot-celebration-2019-24--29-jan.868/ 2019-01-24 2019-01-24 09:16:16 www.pinotcelebration.co.nz <p><strong>Will you join us at our fabulous Pinot Celebration 2019? </strong></p> <p>There is a huge line up Central Otago wineries involved along with guest speakers, exclusive tastings and delicious food. This is an experience not to be missed for Pinot lovers! Visit www.pinotcelebration.co.nz for more information<strong>.</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/Pinot-Celebration-flyer--9-.png" alt="" width="550" height="550" /><br /></strong></p> An Eco-Friendly Wine Tour of New Zealand’s South Island http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/an-eco-friendly-wine-tour-of-new-zealands-south-island.870/ 2019-01-07 2019-01-07 13:38:29 Christina Pickhard, Wine Enthusiast <p>Central Otago, North Canterbury and Marlborough are three of the country's champions of sustainability. And each showcases what makes New Zealand wine so unique.</p> <p>Ever since a certain hobbit was captured on the big screen, tourism in&nbsp;New Zealandhas been steadily on the rise. So, too, has the world&rsquo;s consumption of its wines, where 98% of the vineyards are certified sustainable.</p> <p>It makes sense, then, to discover that the country&rsquo;s eno- and eco-tourism offerings are also numerous. Many of New Zealand&rsquo;s most extolled wineries are farmed not just sustainably, but organically and/or biodynamically as well. And many other local businesses and purveyors take an equally holistic, eco-conscious approach.</p> <p>Just don&rsquo;t expect them to shout about it. Like the Kiwis themselves, winery visits are often humble, usually entailing a stroll through the vineyards with the winemaker.</p> <p>Because of this, New Zealand still offers visitors an authenticity that&rsquo;s rare and refreshing in modern global travel. Here&rsquo;s your green guide to three of the country&rsquo;s best wine destinations.</p> <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/Quartz-Reef-Nerve-Centre-Plantings.jpg" alt="The Quartz Reef BioDynamic Nerve Centre" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p><strong>Central Otago/Wanaka</strong></p> <p>Under an hour from Queenstown, Central Otago is home to some of the world&rsquo;s best&nbsp;Pinot Noirs&nbsp;as well as a dramatic landscape of snow-capped mountains, arid hills and river gorges.</p> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve gotten a bungee jump or two out of the way (after all, this is the home of the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, the world&rsquo;s first permanent commercial bungee-jumping site), make an appointment to visit&nbsp;Felton Road, one of New Zealand&rsquo;s most acclaimed and eco-friendly wineries. It boasts lightweight bottles and more than 15 years in biodynamic farming.</p> <p>A 10-minute drive north is&nbsp;Quartz Reef Wines. Rudi Bauer, the founder and chief winemaker, believes the complexity and longevity of his world-class Pinot Noirs and&nbsp;Champagne&nbsp;method sparklers has much to do with his biodynamic farming methods. Later, sneak a peak at the hulking Highland cows that graze beside&nbsp;Burn Cottage Vineyard&rsquo;s&nbsp;beautiful, biodynamically farmed vineyards, open by appointment only.</p> <p>Forty minutes north of Burn Cottage, at the edge of Lake Wanaka, you&rsquo;ll find&nbsp;Rippon Winery, which has been farmed by the Mills family for five generations and operated as a winery for the last three of them. It was one of the first wine estates in the South Island to implement biodynamic farming techniques, and it&rsquo;s blessed with some of the most spectacular views in the wine world.</p> <p>Thankfully, the family shares its stunning property and soulful wines with the world. The winery offers special events throughout the year and is open to visitors (call ahead to confirm availability). Time it right, and you can snag a seat at a pop-up dinner at The Rippon Hall or catch an outdoor concert.</p> <p><strong>Where to Stay</strong></p> <p>When it comes to eco-accommodations, you&rsquo;re spoiled for choice. Base yourself in Queenstown at&nbsp;Sherwood Queenstown, nestle down for the night at&nbsp;Oasis Yurt Lodge&nbsp;or unleash your inner yogi at the stunning wellness retreat&nbsp;Aro H?.</p> <p><strong>More to Explore</strong></p> <p>Bike the&nbsp;Otago Central Rail Trail, take in Laka Wanaka&rsquo;s gorgeous landscape or plant a tree on one of its islands alongside a local guide with&nbsp;Eco Wanaka Adventures. If you feel especially daring, soar through the treetops with Queenstown zipline company&nbsp;Ziptrek Ecotours.</p> <p><a href="https://www.winemag.com/2019/01/03/eco-friendly-wine-new-zealand-south-island/">Click here to read the full article</a></p> Locals Open Day! Saturday 1st December http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/locals-open-day-saturday-1st-december.852/ 2018-12-01 2018-12-01 12:00:00 Quartz Reef <p><strong><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/FB-Cover_Locals-Open-Day.jpg" alt="Locals Open Day" width="550" height="309" /><br /></strong></p> <p><strong>We're opening our doors from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday 1st December!</strong><br /><br />Once again we're rolling up our doors on the weekend to give you a glimpse of what goes on at the Quartz Reef winery, 6-8 Hughes Crescent, Cromwell.</p> <h4>&bull; Drop in and taste our current wines<br /><br />&bull; Learn how sparkling wine is made<br /><br />&bull; Sample our 2018 Pinot Noir straight from barrel with Rudi<br /><br />&bull; Special offers on the day</h4> <p>Along with the opportunity to sample our current wines there will also be the following demonstrations by winemaker Rudi Bauer:</p> <h2><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/2018-Locals-Day_Images.jpg" alt="Locals Day Demonstrations" width="550" height="164" /></h2> <p><br /><strong>1PM - SPARKLING WORKSHOP</strong></p> <p>A unique &lsquo;behind the scenes&rsquo; look into how our sparkling wine is hand crafted in the traditional method. With a sabrage by Rudi as a finale!</p> <p><strong>2.30PM - BARREL TASTING</strong></p> <p>Rudi will take you through a series of Pinot Noir from our 2018 vintage, see how it is coming along and <br />discover the different ferment characteristics.</p> <p><strong>Register your interest today!</strong> <br />Each of the above demonstrations will run for approximately one hour. Spaces may be limited - <br />to guarantee a place on the day please either phone 445 3084 or email info@quartzreef.co.nz</p> Degustation Dinner at Palate Restaurant, Hamilton http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/degustation-dinner-at-palate-restaurant-hamilton.867/ 2018-11-27 2018-11-27 06:00:00 Quartz Reef <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/Palate-Dinner.png" alt="Palate Dinner" width="367" height="205" /></p> <p>Join Rudi at Palate Restaurant, Hamilton on Tuesday 27th November for the final winemakers degustation dinner of the year. Enjoy five courses crafted to match a selection of six wines.</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Tuesday 27th November</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> Arrival from 6:00pm for a kick off at 6:30pm</p> <p><strong>Price:</strong> $140.00 per person (please note that this dinner is not suitable for vegetarian or vegans)</p> <p>**pre-payment and bookings are essential</p> <p>**please contact us directly on palate.restaurant@xtra.co.nz or 078342921</p> <p>**This particular event will have a communal table format</p> Emerging New-World Destinations for Wine Lovers http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/emerging-new-world-destinations-for-wine-lovers.869/ 2018-11-21 2018-11-21 12:25:56 Wine Enthusiast <p><strong><em>Many picturesque New World wine regions are poised to take the crown from iconic Old World appellations. Here are four worthy of your next adventure.</em></strong></p> <p>There will come a time when you&rsquo;ll feel the need to leave the comfort of your dining table and explore the wines you revere at their points of origin. It&rsquo;s not exactly a hard sell. Iconic regions, after all, deliver magnificent scenery, exciting food, upscale lodging and the chance to acquire rare treasures in perfect provenance straight from cellars.</p> <p>For the trip, or trips, of a lifetime, this guide divulges the hotels, restaurants and producers you should experience to savor four of the world&rsquo;s emerging New World wine regions:&nbsp;Central Otago, New Zealand;&nbsp;Margaret River, Australia;&nbsp;Stellenbosch, South Africa; and&nbsp;Willamette Valley, Oregon.</p> <p><strong>Central Otago, New Zealand</strong></p> <p>If ever a landscape suggests the handiwork of a celestial power, Central Otago on&nbsp;New Zealand&rsquo;s&nbsp;South Island stands out. Billowy clouds cling to snow-dusted peaks. Glacial blue lakes reflect sunlight toward the heavens and vines. Winegrowers make&nbsp;Pinot Noir&nbsp;capable of sending angels into song. Go and you&rsquo;ll never want to fly home.</p> <p><strong>Hotels</strong></p> <p>For luxury lodging on glittering Lake Wakatipu, book&nbsp;Matakauri Lodge. Watch the century-old &ldquo;Lady of the Lake&rdquo; steamship float by during lunch in the lodge&rsquo;s gastronomic restaurant. Wakatipu views can also be had from historic Queenstown property,&nbsp;Eichardt&rsquo;s Private Hotel. Cozy style, terraces and mountain vistas grace the rooms, apartments and lakeside residences of&nbsp;The Rees Hotel. Upscale hotel chain&nbsp;QT&nbsp;recently opened here, known for its bespoke d&eacute;cor that echoes the local vibe. Its&nbsp;Queenstown&nbsp;outpost is &ldquo;modern alpine meets apr&egrave;s-ski.&rdquo; Downtown,&nbsp;The Spire&nbsp;is another boutique option with a great bar and restaurant,&nbsp;No5 Church Lane.</p> <p><strong>Drink/Eat</strong></p> <p>Amisfield Bistro&nbsp;offers one of the best winery dining experiences. Pick from three, five or seven courses of seasonal food sourced from the area. Matt Lambert helms the kitchen at&nbsp;The Lodge Bar, a culinary extension of clothier&nbsp;Rodd &amp; Gunn. Log-burning fires and lake views provide ambiance alongside the regional menu at&nbsp;Botswana Butchery. Tuck into green-lipped mussels, Ora King salmon or red deer tartare. Acclaimed chef Josh Emett opened&nbsp;Rata&nbsp;several years back, and the sleek spot remains a Queenstown favorite. Sister restaurant&nbsp;Madam Woo&nbsp;does vibrant Malaysian hawker food.</p> <p><strong>Wineries</strong></p> <p>Felton Road&nbsp;is famed not only for biodynamics, but site-specific Pinot like&nbsp;Cornish Point.&nbsp;Rippon, as acclaimed for its views as its wines, sits high above&nbsp;Wanaka. Grant Taylor of&nbsp;Valli Vineyards&nbsp;was an Otago pioneer. The&nbsp;Bannockburn&nbsp;and&nbsp;GibbstonVineyard Pinots testify to his winemaking prowess.&nbsp;Quartz Reef&nbsp;crafts biodynamic Pinot and Chardonnay into top New Zealand traditional-method sparklers. When available,&nbsp;Gibbston Valley&rsquo;s&nbsp;single-vineyard Pinots teach a masterclass on Otago terroir. Ted Lemon, of California&rsquo;s&nbsp;Littorai, helped mold the natural farming ethos behind&nbsp;Burn Cottage Vineyard.&nbsp;Two Paddocks, owned by actor&nbsp;Sam Neill, crafts riveting wine from the edge of the grape-growing frontier.</p> <p><a href="https://www.winemag.com/2018/11/19/emerging-new-world-destinations-for-wine-lovers/">Click here to view the full article</a></p> Sherwood Organic Wine Festival http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/sherwood-organic-wine-festival.832/ 2018-09-23 2018-09-23 16:14:27 Sherwood Queenstown and Organic Winegrowers New Zealand <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/Sherwood_Orgnaic-Wine-Festival-1.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="262" /></p> <h3>Sunday 23 September 2018: 11am to 3pm (Queenstown)</h3> <p>Sherwood has collaborated with the team at Wine Sentience to create an unforgettable celebration of organics. <br /><br />Explore Sherwood's innovative &amp; gorgeous propery and bask in their stunning vistas. Sherwood's Organic Wine Festival will showcase 10 wineries, all of whom will be on site to personally share their wines and reveal all their techy secrets! In addition to complimentary tastings, the SOIF organic pop up bar will have a selection of wine available for purchase to accompany Sherwood's infamous Sunday roast lunch and bbq offerings. Completing the festival vibe will be live music by Fables. <br /><br />This event is family friendly and the 'kids corner' will give parents the opportunity to relax in the outdoor wine lounge. <br /><br />Two ticketed Masterclasses hosted by Stephen Wong MW will run during the afternoon - links to ticket sales will be shared soon. <br /><br />The winery line-up is impressive! <a href="https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/sherwood-organic-wine-festival/queenstown">Get your tickets here</a></p> New Zealand Wine: Masterclass with winemaker Rudi Bauer http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/new-zealand-wine-masterclass-with-winemaker-rudi-bauer.831/ 2018-09-21 2018-09-21 18:07:07 Neuseeland Weinboutique <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/Neuseeland-Wein_Masterclass.jpg" alt="Neuseeland Wein: Masterclass mit Winzer Rudi Bauer" width="550" height="324" /></p> <h2>Friday 21st September, 6pm to 9pm (Berlin)</h2> <p><strong>Venue:</strong> &nbsp; Markthalle Neun, Berlin</p> <p>The Austrian Rudi Bauer is one of the pioneers of the New Zealand wine scene. Now he comes for an exclusive tasting in the market hall Neun in Berlin-Kreuzberg and shares his knowledge in a master class.</p> <p>In 2010, he was nominated as the Winemaker of 2010 by Der Feinschmecker, one of six in the world and the first winemaker from New Zealand. Rudi Bauer is also known as one of the best winemakers in the southern hemisphere and has twice won the New Zealand Winemaker of the Year award.</p> <p>Rudi came to New Zealand in 1985 and became one of the pioneers in the Central Otago wine region. The region, which has become world famous as a film set for Lord of the Rings, is the world's southernmost wine-growing region.</p> <p>Rudi Bauer was the first person to recognize the potential of Central Otago and the sub-region of Bendigo, where he set up his own business, Quartel Reef, in 1996. Here Rudi Bauer has specialized mainly in Pinot Noir and sparkling wine. His wines have had a lasting effect on the New Zealand wine industry. He created the first sparkling wine of the region. In 1991, Pinot Noir won a first prize and sparked a Pinot revolution.</p> <p>Program: 18:00 - 18:30 New Zealand venison cooked by Chef Shannon Campbell<br />18:30 - 20:00 Masterclass <br />20:00 - 21:00 Quartz Reef tasting</p> <p>Participation in the Masterclass costs 20 &euro;. Included in this price are 9 tasting wines and a venison dish. <a href="https://www.neuseeland-weinboutique.de/de/eintrittskarte-masterclass-rudi-bauer">Tickets are available here.</a></p> <p>We organize the event together with our partner Tim Pink. With him, you can taste a wide range of New Zealand wines in the Markthalle Nine daily.</p> Get Dirty: Organic New Zealand http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/get-dirty-organic-new-zealand.830/ 2018-09-19 2018-09-19 19:00:00 The New Zealand Cellar and Organic Winegrowers New Zealand <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/Get-Dirty_Organic-New-Zealand.jpg" alt="Get Dirty: Organic New Zealand" width="550" height="207" /></p> <p><strong>Wednesday 19th September, 7pm to 9pm (London)</strong></p> <p><strong>Venue:</strong> &nbsp; NZ Wine Cellar, Brixton, London</p> <p>The future is here, and it is ORGANIC! Come join the next biggest movement in wine and get involved in the event helping drive us to a cleaner future.<br /><br />In celebration of New Zealand Organic Wine Week, we&rsquo;re teaming up with Organic Winegrowers New Zealand we are going to be hanging and drinking with 10 of our favourite organic wineries on September 19th. <br /><br />You and your mates get to come along, sample all the wines, enjoy some music and at 8pm Mel Brown will take the stage with Blair Walter from Felton Road &amp; Rudi Bauer from Quartz Reef discussing the intricacies and importance of sustainability in our wine making future. Both men represent vineyards that are organic, biodynamic and from Central Otago &ndash; what more could you want?<br /><br />If it&rsquo;s to chat to the reps from each of the other incredible vineyards we&rsquo;re featuring, then your wish has come true. Bring along your questions and talking points, so we can extend the organic conversation where it needs to go. If all continues in the right direction it is proposed that in the near future, 20% of NZ wineries and vineyards will be certified organic<br /> &ndash; and the world that much closer to being a sustainable gold mine.<br /><br />It&rsquo;s only &pound;15 and will run from 7-9pm. <a href="https://thenewzealandcellar.co.uk/products/organic-wine-growers-evening">Tickets are available here.</a><br /><br /><strong>Organic Wine Masterclass</strong></p> <p><strong>Wednesday 19th September, 10am to 2pm (London)</strong></p> <p><strong>Venue:</strong> &nbsp; NZ Wine Cellar, Brixton, London</p> <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/Invitation---Organic-Wine-Masterclass.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="353" /></p> <p>Let&rsquo;s do this!</p> Farewell Billie Jean... http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/farewell-billie-jean.872/ 2018-09-15 2018-09-15 15:39:14 Editor <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/Billie-Jean_Square.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="550" /></p> <p>A heartfelt farewell to Billie-Jean who passed away unexpectedly last month. Billie was Rudi and Sue-Ellen&rsquo;s wee girl, and a big part of the QR family. She might have been the smallest vineyard dog but she had a huge personality and was often the leader of the pack. She also eagerly announced arrivals to our cellar door. We fondly remember the 7 years of joy Billie brought to us. In honor of Billie there will be a Pinot Noir ferment named after her in 2019.<br /><strong>RIP Billie-Jean 09.09.18 </strong></p> New Zealand Pinot Noir Unearthed http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/new-zealand-pinot-noir-unearthed.910/ 2018-08-16 2018-08-16 08:50:32 By Melanie Brown, The NZ Cellar <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/NZ_Pinot_Noir_Mel-Brown.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="343" /></p> <p>New Zealand Pinot Noir has personality - it demands recognition, and it&rsquo;s slowly gaining the attention it deserves, even if it is the ficklest grape we know. Like every variety, New Zealand Pinot Noir has regional differences to explore.</p> <p><strong><em>REGIONAL DIFFERENCES IN NEW ZEALAND PINOT NOIR</em></strong></p> <p>There&rsquo;s something everyone loves about New Zealand, whether it is the clean green air, the remoteness or the 24 hour flight without wifi to bask in this glory. New Zealand Pinot Noir has managed to capture the attention of "pinotfiles" throughout the world. Although we all know and love Pinot as a cool climate grape, and see it flourishing in the Southerly regions of New Zealand, we have no qualms in recommending some North Island New Zealand gems too.</p> <p><em><strong>PINOT NOIR IN NEW ZEALAND</strong></em></p> <p>The beautiful identity of New Zealand, from grassy fields, snow capped mountains and coastlines of pristine waters - manages to effortlessly encapsulate the very diversity of Pinot Noir. A wide range of soils, terroir and technique produce a range of styles that all retain a formidable structure, power and elegance. Couple this with a synchronicity of pureness of fruit, we have what can only be referred to as an undeniable love of New Zealand Pinot. In celebration of this grape, we wanted to unearth some insight as to why and how we love each individual pinot wine-growing region of New Zealand (there&rsquo;s 8 main ones, did you know?) to give insight to our love and obsession of this gorgeous grape.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>CENTRAL OTAGO</strong></em></p> <p>The most southerly wine growing region in the world - so its not surprising you can only expect the most extreme weather patterns across New Zealand. &nbsp;Couple that with outrageous wine personalities (cue, Rudi Bauer, Nigel Greening, Paul Pijoul, Nick Mills) and you have yourself a region of huge promise and undeniable excitement. Much like these wine personalities, Central Otago is formed on schist terraces, nestled between snow capped mountains and huge bodies of water (aka lakes) When its hot, its HOT and when its cold - its bloody freezing!</p> <p>Most call Central Otago New Zealand&rsquo;s home of Pinot, and for good reason, Pinot&rsquo;s here are Pinot Perfection. Rich, fruit-forward, elegant and with wild aromatics and a structure that forms like no other, you only have to have one sip to understand why.&nbsp;</p> <p>:</p> <p><em>New Zealand Pinot Noir is as dynamic as it comes. Produced with undeniable flair and precision, we&rsquo;re beginning to see quality prevail each year - with superior examples arriving to the UK effortlessly. The heartbreak grape, that should be championed, Pinot Noir from New Zealand has personality, poise and attitude.</em></p> <p>READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:</p> <p>https://thenewzealandcellar.co.uk/blogs/news/new-zealand-pinot-noir-unearthed?fbclid=IwAR0FrWEiVo9vsan32eLLXQTLGRiOZ8rjIqdhCSdybzLYjvtbg0_qsgj9NkU</p> The Rees Culinary Series with Quartz Reef Winery http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/the-rees-culinary-series-with-quartz-reef-winery.819/ 2018-07-25 2018-07-25 10:28:29 True South Dining at The Rees <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/The-Rees_Winemaker-Dinner.jpg" alt="True South Dining at The Rees" width="560" height="315" /></p> <p>The Rees' Winemaker's Culinary Series are the benchmark in food and beverage luxury and we are delighted to announce our next installment of The Rees Culinary Series - this time with the iconic Quartz Reef Winery.<br /><br />Hosted by GM of The Rees Hotel Mark Rose and wine legend and owner of Quartz Reef, Rudi Bauer, guests can try an outstanding array of wines while tasting the sophisticated, elegant flavours from True South Dining Room&rsquo;s awarded executive chef, Ben Batterbury.<br /><br />Rudi&rsquo;s Austrian heritage and two decades of winemaking experience give Quartz Reef wines further dimension and variety. The Pinot Noir is the spirit of Central Otago while the Pinot Gris takes on a rich, dry, textured flavour.</p> Degustation Long Lunch at Social Kitchen http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/degustation-long-lunch-at-social-kitchen.815/ 2018-07-01 2018-07-01 08:46:26 Social Kitchen <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/Social-Kitchen-Degustation.jpg" alt="Degustation Long Lunch" width="600" height="312" /></p> <p>Social Kitchen is hosting a degustation long lunch with Rudi Bauer from Quartz Reef wines in Central Otago.<br /><br />Long lunch includes a 5-course degustation + 5 matched Quartz Reef wines.<br /><br /><strong>Sunday 22nd July 2018</strong><br />$95 per person<br />1pm &ndash; 5pm<br />40 Powderham St, New Plymouth<br /><br />Limited seats available! Book Now!<br />Call 06 757 2711</p> <p><a href="http://www.social-kitchen.co.nz/">www.social-kitchen.co.nz</a></p> Water the new gold in Central Otago http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/water-the-new-gold-in-central-otago.811/ 2018-04-23 2018-04-23 14:35:32 Sally Rae - Otago Daily Times <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>"Water the new gold in Central Otago"</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Rural News</p> <p>It gives John Perriam such a buzz to see "rabbit s... being turned into world-class pinot".</p> <p>But to do that on Bendigo Station, in the heart of Central Otago, it has taken technology, resources and water.</p> <p><a href="https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/rural-life-other/water-new-gold-central-otago">Click here to link to article</a></p> Grapes are coming in early http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/grapes-are-coming-in-early.827/ 2018-02-16 2018-02-16 11:59:10 Tom Kitchin - Otago Daily TImes <p><iframe src="https://players.brightcove.net/4915776650001/rJepAGlOg_default/index.html?videoId=5734674750001" width="300" height="150" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>It's time to raise your glasses &mdash; 2018 is the earliest wine harvest in Central Otago&rsquo;s modern history.</p> <p>Cromwell&rsquo;s Quartz Reef Wines started picking grapes for its sparkling wine varieties from its vines in Bendigo yesterday, the earliest harvest in the region since modern harvests began in 1987.</p> <p>Quartz Reef winemaker Rudi Bauer said&nbsp; workers at the vineyard were a full three weeks ahead of the harvest date during a normal year.</p> <p>This was because of the "extraordinary summer" and there were only two days in January below 30degC at the vineyard.</p> <p>"It has the potential to be a pretty outstanding harvest."</p> <p>But he was still cautious &mdash; an early vintage meant he had to be careful about the right time to pick grapes so the best wine could be produced.</p> <p>Normally the sparkling wine harvest would begin in the third or fourth week of March.</p> <p>Mr Bauer was confident the main harvest for the majority of wines produced in Central Otago, such as pinot noir, would begin in the first week of March.</p> <p>Sparkling wine harvests started earlier than other varieties because they had lower sugar levels than pinot varieties.</p> <p>Quartz Reef viticulturist Grant Rolston said the company was employing about 30 workers for the start of the harvest. This would&nbsp; double when the main harvest started.</p> <p>He said there were "huge struggles" to find workers so early in the season but Quartz Reef had enough to start. However, he was not sure how worker numbers would measure up later in the harvest.</p> <p>Grape Vision viticulturist and Central Otago Winegrowers Association spokesman James Dicey, of Bannockburn,&nbsp; said winemakers&nbsp; were still nervous about the availability of workers.</p> <p>"It will be a shorter vintage and a more intense harvest period," he said.</p> <p>"It&rsquo;s difficult to get visibility to where backpackers are."</p> <p>Wineries would need workers from the first or second week of March until about May.</p> <p>https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/central-otago/grapes-are-coming-early</p> Air New Zealand - Fine Wines of New Zealand 2017 http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/air-new-zealand--fine-wines-of-new-zealand-2017.793/ 2017-06-03 2017-06-03 12:22:10 Air New Zealand <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/NZ-Wines-Air-NZ-endorsed-Lockup-RGB-2017-01.png" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" alt="" width="284" height="284" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>AIR NEW ZEALAND FINE WINES OF NEW ZEALAND 2017</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Synonymous with celebration, Sparkling wines are full of fresh flavours, fun and fizz. </em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>New Zealand Sparkling wines in particular are known for being a spritely blend of both balance and structure.</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>~</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/our-wines/methode-traditionnelle-vintage/">QUARTZ REEF METHODE TRADITIONNELLE VINTAGE 2012</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>~</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.finewines.nz/the-list-2017.html#">AIR NEW ZEALAND FINE WINES OF NEW ZEALAND 2017</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;">The Criteria:</p> <p style="text-align: center;">World-class quality and consistency &ndash; a high barrier to inclusion consisting of wine quality, wine pedigree and longevity.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">A wine that can truly stand the test of time as a world-class example of New Zealand&rsquo;s finest wine.</p> Organic Conference http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/organic-conference.779/ 2017-04-12 2017-04-12 11:19:11 Organic Conference <p>We are participating in the <a href="https://www.organicwineconference.com/">Organic Wine Conference</a> - 26-28th June</p> Festival of Colour http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/festival-of-colour.762/ 2017-03-28 2017-03-28 14:38:34 Quartz Reef <p>Proud sparkling wine sponsor of <a href="http://www.festivalofcolour.co.nz/">Festival of Colour</a> 2017</p> <p>Enjoy a glass of our bubbles during the show</p> iD Dunedin Fashion Week http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/id-dunedin-fashion-week.717/ 2017-03-22 2017-03-22 15:04:34 Quartz Reef <p>iD DUNEDIN FASHION WEEK 2017: 18 - 26 March</p> <p>We are very proud to again be the sparkling wine for iD Dunedin Fashion Week<br /><a href="http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/search?tm_link=tm_header_search&amp;aid=2318328&amp;user_input=id+fashion+week&amp;q=iD+Dunedin+Fashion+Week">Get your tickets</a> and come and join us for a glass of bubbles while enjoying the fabulous fashion&nbsp;</p> PINOT NOIR 2017 http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/pinot-noir-2017.757/ 2017-01-23 2017-01-23 14:33:40 Quartz Reef <p>We will be at Pinot Noir 2017: 31st January - 2nd February</p> <p>Will you?</p> <p>This fabulous wine event is sold out</p> <p><a href="http://www.pinotnz.co.nz/">Pinot Noir NZ 2017</a></p> SEASONS GREETINGS http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/seasons-greetings.756/ 2016-12-20 2016-12-20 09:44:36 Quartz Reef <p>Our very best wishes for a safe and happy festive season and a wonderful entry into 2017</p> Rootstock Sydney 2016 http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/rootstock-sydney-2016.752/ 2016-11-01 2016-11-01 12:18:15 Rootstock Sydney 2016 <p>ROOTSTOCK SYDNEY 2016</p> <p>Participating Winery - Rudi will again be showing our wines at Rootstock Sydney; 26-27 November</p> <p>He would be delighted to see you there</p> <p><a href="http://www.rootstocksydney.com/">Click here to link to this event</a></p> FoodShareNZ - Dunedin http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/foodsharenz--dunedin.755/ 2016-10-19 2016-10-19 14:09:42 Quartz Reef <p>We are the proud sponsor of sparkling wine on arrival at <a href="http://www.foodshare.org.nz/news/article/461">FoodShareNZ major fundraising event - Wednesday 19th October, Dunedin</a></p> Pinot Palooza http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/pinot-palooza.754/ 2016-10-19 2016-10-19 14:06:20 Pinot Palooza <p>We proudly participated in Pinot Palooza; Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane 2016</p> <p><a href="http://pinotpalooza.com.au/">Pinot Palooza</a></p> The Beauty of Bendigo http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/the-beauty-of-bendigo.729/ 2016-06-23 2016-06-23 14:04:01 Quartz Reef <p>We hope you enjoy our recently compiled "The Beauty of Bendigo" where you can experience&nbsp;the beauty of our pristine Central Otago landscape as we fly across Bendigo's pioneer vineyard.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkQZCiLlAnqcbmbdFSV70jw">Click here to link to our video</a></p> <p>Feel free to share with your friends, family and colleagues around the world.</p> WANDERLUST - SYDNEY http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/wanderlust--sydney.724/ 2016-06-09 2016-06-09 15:00:24 Quartz Reef - Mezzanine Wine <p>WANDERLUST -&nbsp;SYDNEY</p> <p>Wednesday 3rd August</p> <p>Rudi will be showing our wines to the&nbsp;Sydney wine trade on&nbsp;Wednesday&nbsp;3rd&nbsp;August at WANDERLUST with Mezzanine Wine</p> <p>Will you be there?</p> CENTRAL OTAGO WINEMAKER DINNER - COLORADO http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/central-otago-winemaker-dinner--colorado.725/ 2016-05-11 2016-05-11 11:56:27 Station Imports & Natural Wine Company <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/131938667209722/">CENTRAL OTAGO WINEMAKER DINNER</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Colterra Food and Wine210 Franklin St, Niwot, Colorado 80544</p> <p style="text-align: center;">The Wines of Central Otago, New Zealand with Winemaker Rudi Bauer<br /> Thursday, May 19th 6:30pm<br /><br /> Please join us at Colterra Food and Wine for a winemaker dinner with Rudi Bauer, owner/winemaker of Quartz Reef Wines and former winemaker of Rippon in New Zealand's Central Otago.</p> Aspiring Conversations http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/aspiring-conversations.723/ 2016-04-20 2016-04-20 13:01:25 Presented by Festival of Colour <p>FESTIVAL OF COLOUR: Aspiring Conversations</p> <p>Wanaka: 22 - 24 April 2016</p> <p>We continue to be the proud sparkling wine sponsor for Festival of Colour / Aspiring Conversations</p> <p>Our sponsored "conversation" for 2016 is "Moods, microbes and the gut"</p> <p><a href="http://www.festivalofcolour.co.nz/act/moods-microbes-and-the-gut/">Lake Wanaka Centre - Saturday 23 April 1:30pm</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.festivalofcolour.co.nz/festivals/aspiring-conversations-2016/">Link to website here</a></p> CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT CELEBRATION 2016 http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/central-otago-pinot-celebration-2016.716/ 2016-01-18 2016-01-18 14:26:36 Central Otago Pinot Noir Ltd <p><strong>BE A PART OF NEW'S ZEALAND PREMIER WINE EVENT</strong></p> <p>We are ... excited to once again be a participating winery in our Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration 28th - 30th January 2016</p> <p>Will we see you there?</p> Rootstock Sydney 2015 http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/rootstock-sydney-2015.699/ 2015-10-31 2015-10-31 18:07:38 Rootstock Sydney 2015 <p>Artisan - Participating Winery at <a href="http://www.rootstocksydney.com/quartz-reef">Rootstock Sydney 2015</a></p> Taste of Auckland http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/taste-of-auckland.698/ 2015-10-28 2015-10-28 16:18:32 Taste of Auckland <p>We are thrilled to be participating in <a href="http://tasteofauckland.co.nz/">Taste of Auckland</a> 2015: 5th to 8th November</p> <p>Come along and enjoy our wines in the QANTAS VIP Lounge and at the Ladies Lunch</p> Down to Earth Wine Celebration http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/down-to-earth-wine-celebration.689/ 2015-09-07 2015-09-07 15:10:16 Down to Earth Wine Celebration <p><strong>DOWN TO EARTH</strong></p> <hr /> <p>We are excited to be participating in the inaugural:</p> <p>Central Otago <strong>"<a href="http://downtoearthwinecelebration.co.nz/" target="_blank">Down to Earth Wine Celebration</a>"</strong> : October 24th - November 4th 2015</p> <p><strong>Methode Traditionnelle Process</strong> (including hand disgorgement):</p> <p><a href="http://downtoearthwinecelebration.co.nz/sessions/quartz-reef-methode-traditionnelle-disgorgement/" target="_blank">Tuesday 27th October: 11am - midday</a></p> <p><strong>Biodynamics "Nerve Centre" Experience</strong>:</p> <p><a href="http://downtoearthwinecelebration.co.nz/sessions/quartz-reef-biodynamics-nerve-centre-experience/" target="_blank">Tuesday 3rd November: 11am - 1pm</a></p> <p>Follow the links above to book your tickets</p> <p>We look forward to welcoming you to our Quartz Reef wine experiences</p> CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR LTD TASTINGS IN SYDNEY & MELBOURNE http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/central-otago-pinot-noir-ltd-tastings-in-sydney-and-melbourne.680/ 2015-08-11 2015-08-11 14:14:50 Quartz Reef <p><strong>We are coming to Sydney &amp; Melbourne in August with Central Otago Pinot Noir Ltd</strong></p> <p>We would love to pour our wines for you at the following events (get in quick as tickets are selling fast):</p> <p><strong>Sydney; Saturday&nbsp;August 22nd - A Central Otago Pinot Noir Expo:</strong></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.princewinestore.com.au//EventCalendarDetails/tabid/59/0/2015/8/1767">http://www.princewinestore.com.au//EventCalendarDetails/tabid/59/0/2015/8/1767</a></p> <p><strong>Sydney; Sunday August 23rd - Central Otago Wine Tasting &amp; Gourmet BBQ:</strong></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://thewinerysurryhills.com.au/whats-happening/event/2015/08/23/31857/fashion-markets">http://thewinerysurryhills.com.au/whats-happening/event/2015/08/23/31857/fashion-markets</a></p> <p><strong>Sydney; Monday August 24th - Central Otago Pinot &amp; Whites Tasting:</strong></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.pinotshop.com/products/central-otago-pinot-whites-tasting-sydney-august-24">http://www.pinotshop.com/products/central-otago-pinot-whites-tasting-sydney-august-24</a></p> <p><strong>Melbourne; Thursday August 27th - A Central Otago Pinot Winemaker's Dinner at Bellota</strong></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.princewinestore.com.au//EventCalendarDetails/tabid/59/0/2015/8/1769">http://www.princewinestore.com.au//EventCalendarDetails/tabid/59/0/2015/8/1769</a></p> <p><strong>Melbourne; Saturday&nbsp;August 29th - A Central Otago Pinot Noir Expo</strong></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.princewinestore.com.au//EventCalendarDetails/tabid/59/0/2015/8/1768">http://www.princewinestore.com.au//EventCalendarDetails/tabid/59/0/2015/8/1768</a></p> MARR FACTORY 2015: 9 - 16th August http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/marr-factory-2015-9--16th-august.679/ 2015-07-30 2015-07-30 11:07:08 Quartz Reef <p>MARR FACTORY 2015</p> <p>We are thrilled to again be the "bubbles", with our Methode Traditionnelle Rose, at&nbsp;Marr Factory 2015:</p> <p>5 nights of fashion in Auckland at the wonderful <a target="_blank" href="http://www.goldendawn.co.nz/p/whats-on.html">The Golden Dawn</a> in Ponsonby.</p> <p><strong>Bombay Sapphire Presents The Marr Factory<br /> In association with Viva and R+Co<br /> Proudly Supported By Hallertau and Quartz Reef Wines</strong></p> <p>The Marr Factory returns for 2015 with five nights of cutting edge runway presentations from the designers at the forefront of New Zealand fashion.</p> <p>Presented by Stephen Marr, one of the foremost hair and beauty authorities in New Zealand, the Marr Factory is an avant-&shy;garde showcase of New &nbsp;Zealand&rsquo;s top fashion ideas for Spring/Summer &lsquo;15/16.&nbsp;</p> <p>Experience a truly unique fashion and music event, and witness new season collections first-hand from Karen Walker, NOM*d, Zambesi, Helen Cherry, Workshop and Kate Sylvester.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are only 150 tickets available &nbsp;for public sale to each night, so get in quick as these will sell fast!</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2015/aug/the-marr-factory-2015">Tickets will include: </a></p> <ul> <li>Access to The Marr Factory on your chosen night</li> <li>A complimentary drink from Bombay Sapphire, Hallertau or Quartz Reef Wines</li> <li>A gift bag upon entry, including a designer gift and Stephen Marr gift</li> </ul> <p><em>This event is strictly R18</em></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2015/aug/the-marr-factory-2015">Get your tickets from iTticket</a>&nbsp;and come along and join us for a glass of bubbles</p> <p>#marrfactory</p> E'Sensual 2015 http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/esensual-2015.677/ 2015-07-07 2015-07-07 12:07:05 Central Otago Pinot Noir Ltd <p>We are looking forward to welcoming&nbsp;incoming trade guests for the Central Otago Pinot Noir Ltd E'Sensual 2015: Sunday 26th to Wednesday 29th July</p> <p>Welcome to our wine winter wonderland</p> Quartz Reef Tasting at Vino Fino http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/quartz-reef-tasting-at-vino-fino.670/ 2015-05-26 2015-05-26 13:29:12 Quartz Reef <p>RUDI IN CHRISTCHURCH AT VINO FINO</p> <p>Rudi will be hosting a tasting at Vino Fino on Tuesday 23rd June</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://vinofino.co.nz/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=223549">Click here to purchase tickets</a></p> The Inaugural Glengarry Pinot Noir Tasting http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/the-inaugural-glengarry-pinot-noir-tasting.668/ 2015-05-07 2015-05-07 15:34:40 Glengarry <p>The ultimate Pinot Noir event! Two action-packed days, a hundred or more Pinots from across the globe with a veritable who's who of New Zealand Pinot Noir producers in attendance. One you don't want to miss, and to ensure that you don't, we're holding it over two days, which means that if you can't make it for both sessions, you can still get there for one of them. Along with a star-studded cast of Pinot noir expressions from around the world, we're bringing the cream of New Zealand's producers to Auckland for two days of brilliant interfacing. So book your ticket now for the Friday session, the Saturday session, or if you're loving the concept, for both! It is, after all, a gushing fountain of A-list Pinot to work your way through (we will of course be providing cheese and freshly-baked bread for sustenance). Each session runs for three hours and a ticket to each day comes with a complimentary glass and access to more than one hundred superb wines in one great location. Limited spaces available, so be in.</p> <p><br /><strong>When: &nbsp;</strong>4:00 - 7:00pm Friday 8 May &amp; 12:00 - 3:00pm Saturday 9 May<br /><strong>Where: </strong>Victoria Park, 118 Wellesley Street, Auckland</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.glengarrywines.co.nz/tastings.jsp">Click here to book</a></p> Rudi Bauer & Quartz Reef http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/rudi-bauer-and-quartz-reef.688/ 2015-03-31 2015-03-31 16:07:33 Jeremy Oliver - Wine Vine TV <p>Jeremy Oliver; Wine Vine TV interviewing Rudi at the Melbourne Food and Wine Show 2015</p> <p><em>Rudi Bauer from Quartz Reef wines in New Zealand explains the connection between acidity and quartz rocks</em></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.winevine.tv/events-festivals/video/rudi-bauer-and-quartz">http://www.winevine.tv/events-festivals/video/rudi-bauer-and-quartz</a></p> UPCOMING EVENTS: http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/upcoming-events.665/ 2015-03-12 2015-03-12 11:11:09 QUARTZ REEF <p><strong>We have some exciting local events coming up&nbsp;which we are very proud to be participating in:</strong></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.idfashion.co.nz/">iD Dunedin Fashion Week</a>:&nbsp;18th - 26th April</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.festivalofcolour.co.nz/festivals/festival-of-colour-2015/">Festival of Colour</a>: 21st - 27th April</p> <p>You can enjoy our Methode Traditionnelle at&nbsp;these wonderful events</p> Vintage 2015 has started http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/vintage-2015-has-started.661/ 2015-03-09 2015-03-09 13:12:18 Quartz Reef <p>Harvest / Vintage 2015 has officially started at Quartz Reef, with our first pinot noir and chardonnay fruit hand-picked at our Loop Road vineyard, and into the press</p> <p>Exciting - bring it on #NZV15</p> Return to Terroir http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/return-to-terroir.659/ 2015-02-24 2015-02-24 10:47:44 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival <p>Rudi is in Melbourne this weekend - Quartz Reef is an Invited Guest at "Return to Terroir" at Melbourne Food &amp; Wine Festival</p> New Year http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/new-year.656/ 2015-01-07 2015-01-07 10:36:50 Quartz Reef <p>Happy New Year!&nbsp; Take a look at our latest fantastic reviews....</p> Highlands 101 http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/highlands-101.651/ 2014-11-04 2014-11-04 12:04:21 Quartz Reef <p><strong>Proud sparkling wine sponsor/supplier to Highlands Motorsport Park (Highlands 101 - 8th &amp; 9th November)</strong></p> <p>Look for our methode traditionnelle (in large format) on the podium</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.highlands.co.nz/events/highlands-101/">Click here to view Highlands 101 Information</a></p> QUARTZ REEF DEGUSTATION DINNER AT PALATE RESTAURANT, HAMILTON http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/quartz-reef-degustation-dinner-at-palate-restaurant-hamilton.652/ 2014-11-03 2014-11-03 12:09:02 Quartz Reef <p>QUARTZ REEF DEGUSTATION DINNER</p> <p>THURSDAY 13TH NOVEMBER</p> <p>AT PALATE RESTAURANT, HAMILTON</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.palaterestaurant.co.nz/quartz-reef-wines-degustation-dinner-thursday-13-november/">Click here to link to Palate</a></p> Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 Bronze Sponsor http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/miss-universe-new-zealand-2014-bronze-sponsor.635/ 2014-09-11 2014-09-11 10:51:25 Miss Universe New Zealand <p><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/Corinna-Hollamby-sponsor-graphic--bronze-.jpg" alt="" width="608" height="430" /></p> Thank You from Margot http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/thank-you-from-margot.631/ 2014-07-24 2014-07-24 12:02:16 Margot Muir - The Edinburgh Hotel & Cellars, Adelaide <p>Margot Muir - <a target="_blank" href="http://www.edinburgh.com.au/cellars-home">The Edinburgh Hotel &amp; Cellars, Adelaide</a></p> <p>Facebook</p> <p>Thanks to Rudi and the team at Quartz Reef! Wonderful hospitality, fantastic wines and spectacular landscape. Their commitment to BD is commendable &amp; contagious. Cheers Ms M</p> MARR FACTORY 2014 http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/marr-factory-2014.630/ 2014-07-23 2014-07-23 10:38:13 MARR FACTORY <p><strong><em>SHOPVIVA PRESENTS THE MARR FACTORY FOR 2014!</em></strong></p> <p><em><br /> In Association with Bombay Sapphire <br /> Proudly Supported by <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hallertau.co.nz/">Hallertau</a>, Quartz Reef Wines and Karma Cola <br /> <br /> Hosted by Stephen Marr at The Golden Dawn from August 17-23, this year's unrivaled spring/summer '14 fashion event sees the return of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.karenwalker.com/Default.aspx">Karen Walker</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nomd.co.nz/">Nom*D</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.zambesi.co.nz/">Zambesi</a>,&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.workshop.co.nz/">Workshop</a> &amp;&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.workshop.co.nz/shop-by-brand/helen-cherry">Helen Cherry</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.katesylvester.com/">Kate Sylvester</a>!<br /> <br /> PLUS The Marr Factory will unveil an event dedicated to New Zealand's newest and brightest fashion designers on Saturday 23 August including Eugenie, Harman Grubisa, Penny Sage, Glen Prentice and Georgia Alice.<br /> <br /> Only 100 tickets are available to purchase for each of the first five shows, so get in quick!</em></p> <p><em>Visit <a target="_blank" href="http://www.iTicket.co.nz">www.iTicket.co.nz</a>. Tickets cost $45. This is an R18 event series.</em></p> <p><em><img src="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/resources/Marr-Factory-Showroom-22-Image.jpg" alt="" width="953" height="697" /></em></p> AIR NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS CLASS http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/air-new-zealand-business-class.613/ 2014-05-01 2014-05-01 15:37:24 Air NZ <p><strong>PROUD THAT OUR METHODE TRADITIONNELLE BRUT NV IS BEING SERVED ON AIR NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS CLASS</strong></p> THINKING - DRINKING http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/thinking--drinking.614/ 2014-03-24 2014-03-24 15:00:31 Erin Scala <p><em>Rudi Bauer is one of the more jovial and interesting winemakers that you will ever meet. Austrian-born, he came to New Zealand over two decades ago and has really helped to shape the early formation of the Central Otago wine landscape.</em></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.thinking-drinking.com/blog/quartz-reef-central-otago-new-zealand?utm_content=buffer5a662&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=buffer">Read the full article here</a></p> iD Fashion - The Darnell Collection; Bright, Bold, Beautiful http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/id-fashion--the-darnell-collection-bright-bold-beautiful.612/ 2014-03-12 2014-03-12 12:28:56 Golden Centre Mall, Dunedin <p><strong>Wednesday 2nd April 2014</strong></p> <p><br /><strong>Doors Open 6.30pm for Quartz Reef and canap&eacute;s | Show starts 7.30pm</strong></p> <p>Join our host Charlotte Smith - Curator of the Darnell Collection<br />and author of &lsquo;Dreaming of Chanel&rsquo; and &lsquo;Dreaming of Dior&rsquo;<br />as she brings her books to life with this spectacular<br />showcase of previously unshown international<br />couture on the catwalk.</p> <p><br />Dress BRIGHT, dress BOLD, dress BEAUTIFUL.<br />Join in the glamour of this exclusive event.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://secure.foxyms.co.nz/files/quartzreef/downloads/ID_Fashion_-_Darnell_A1_2014.pdf">ID_Fashion_-_Darnell_A1_2014.pdf</a></p> Mindfulness, microbes, and manure: Making biodynamic wine in Central Otago http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/mindfulness-microbes-and-manure-making-biodynamic-wine-in-central-otago.610/ 2014-03-10 2014-03-10 12:34:17 Erika Szymanski <p>I don&rsquo;t think much about biodynamics &ndash; I don&rsquo;t think about it often, and when I do, it&rsquo;s with skepticism. Astrology, a main thread tying the biodynamic system of agriculture together, is a sure sign for me to toss something into the recycling bin. But a recent trip to Central Otago and meeting three of the many biodynamic vignerons in the area has forced me to rethink my position. Nick Mills at Rippon, Rudi Bauer of Quartz Reef, and Gareth King at Felton Road talk about biodynamics as a way to grow human caring along with healthy vines, and that&rsquo;s something I can believe in.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://palatepress.com/2014/03/wine/biodynamics-central-otago-pseudoscience-still-good/">Click here for full article</a></p> Harvest 2014 http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/harvest-2014.608/ 2014-03-04 2014-03-04 09:06:43 Quartz Reef <p>Harvest 2014 has started :)</p> new zealand - fine tuning http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/new-zealand--fine-tuning.620/ 2013-10-15 2013-10-15 16:26:23 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - eRobertParker.com <p><em>I'm impressed.</em> My tastings of New Zealand wines throughout 2013 was the most exciting year of reviewing this country so far; the wines just get more and more compelling. Following my tour of selected New Zealand regions in the earlier part of this year and recent large-scale tastings in Singapore of wines from throughout the wine growing regions, I don't think there is a wine nation in the world that has qualitatively progressed its wine offering as quickly as New Zealand. There's still room for improvement, granted, but this is mainly just a case of fine tuning and based on what I've seen and tasted, if I had to hone in on areas that still require some attention they would be site selection and winemaking.</p> <p>Fine Tuning Site Selection</p> <p>For a major viticultural country as young as New Zealand with so much virgin land that will support Vitis vinifera, it's easy to become a victim of being spoiled for choice. In the 1990s and early 2000s it seemed everyone was jumping on the wine bandwagon and planting a vineyard in a disused field or even their own backyard. This I've seen. I'm thinking of a couple of incidences where I've been staying at B&amp;Bs in remote New Zealand with scraggly, neglected vineyards for gardens, which no doubt seemed like good ideas at the time they were planted, but had proven too much hard work for a too-vague hope of any gain. Finding a place in which grapes will grow in New Zealand is not a problem. Finding one that will produce a character and caliber of wine capable of wooing distant markets is another thing. In fact, it's everything when it comes to the business of wine.</p> <p>Sometimes backyards just happen to produce great wines (see my Martinborough report from earlier this year: <strong>Look No Further Than Your Own Backyard</strong>) but by and large they don't. A lot of the most exciting newer vineyards in New Zealand are being planted by winemakers seeking something very specific and very special. Wineries such as Quartz Reef (Rudi Bauer) in Central Otago and Bell Hill (Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen) in North Canterbury spring to mind. Rudi, Marcel and Sherwyn were incredibly focused from the outset, knowing precisely the climate, soil and topography they were seeking in order to produce Pinot Noir of the style and greatness they envisaged. This, without doubt, shows in the captivating distinctiveness of the wines they're making.</p> <p><em>Rudi Bauer, Quartz Reef Vineyard, Central Otago</em></p> <p>Of course, the key decision that goes hand-in-hand with choosing an optimal vineyard site is to focus on the grape variety/clone that works best for that site. It's time for New Zealanders to give up the fruit salad vineyards and commit to those vine/site relationships that are working best. Usually it is clear in my tastings that 1 or 2 varieties stand out from a group of sometimes 5 or 6 produced by a single site. Greatness is not about being all things to all people and it never will be. This is true of most things but especially when it comes to wine.</p> <p>Considering the majority of the developed vineyard areas existing from Wairarapa (Martinborough) and regions continuing south to Central Otago, New Zealand's generally cool, sunny climate seemingly calls for the now ubiquitous varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and the Aromatics. But climate is just one factor, admittedly a major one, in the vineyard mix, roughly indicating which cultivars will ripen in a given area. And for virgin land regions, while it is worth experimenting with several varieties to understand the strengths and weaknesses of a particular vineyard, once the superlative vines have been isolated in the pursuit of greatness (and differentiation in the very least) these excelling vines should become the focus. When the right vine is planted on the right site in New Zealand the results can be simply magic.</p> <p><em>Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen at Bell Hill Vineyard, North Canterbury</em></p> <p>A great example is one of New Zealand's oldest wineries, Kumeu River, which has probably at some point in its history produced just about every grape variety available in New Zealand. Current-generation winemaker Michael Brajkovich MW has through his father's trials seen that the strength of their <em>terroir</em> is its ability to produce extraordinary Chardonnay. And this is now their focus, including a range of relatively new and highly sought-after single-vineyard bottlings. Sure, they still produce a bit of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, but their focus is Chardonnay capable by virtue of sites yielding levels of greatness that places them amongst the best Chardonnay producers in the world. I believe there are many other such examples of New Zealand superlatives simply waiting to be revealed - in most cases it's simply a matter of fine tuning the site/varietal focus - and I can't wait to taste them.</p> <p>But while we're on the topic of Chardonnay - can New Zealand wineries please stop seeing the country through rose colored Pinot Gris glasses and put on some golden Chardonnay goggles? I understand the short-term commercial appeal of producing this herd of annoyingly off-dry, one-dimensional, tutti-fruity Pinot Gris wines from anywhere and everywhere in New Zealand that I have to endure tasting every year. But New Zealand has so much potential for producing extraordinary Chardonnay and there's not enough of it. Throughout the length of the country - from Kumeu down to Bannockburn - there are exquisite wines being made. For Chardonnay consumers looking for that top-notch cool-climate Chardy fix, some must-try wines are: Kumeu River, Millton, Ata Rangi, Sacred Hill Riflema's, Dog Point, Neudorf Moutere, Felton Road, Greywacke, Bell Hill, Pyramid Valley, Terravin, Escarpment Kupe, Seresin, Dry River and Fromm.</p> <p>Fine Tuning Winemaking</p> <p>With regional maturity comes the time to let the <em>terroir</em> speak, not just the variety and winemaking. That said, there are many valid means of expressing site through wine and this is why it is equally important to have individual winemaking vision for a given site. After all, great wine doesn't make itself. Everyone probably thinks I'm about to knock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc at this point. Quite the contrary - I'm holding it up as a success story. This was my most interesting set of Marlborough Sauvignon tastings to date. A good many producers are really finding their feet with individual expression, revealing sub-regional differences, use of barrel ferments/wild yeast and lees contact. It was a truly enjoyable week of tastings and I encourage consumers who may have felt they were getting bored with this wine category to come on back! One finer point for the Sauvignon winemakers, though there are some folks taking this somewhat trendy "sulfide" character too far, whether intentionally or inadvertently. There were some borderline acceptable and downright faulty wines in my tastings, very famous names included. While I enjoy a hint of sulfide character when it complements the fruit, this aspect should not overpower or indeed cancel out the fruit and expression of site/region and it should, above all, smell and taste <em>pleasant</em>. There?s a fine line between a lifted fruitiness and appealing whiff of struck/burnt match and a distinctly stinky wine.</p> <p>While I commend the inroads being made toward improving the already very popular Marlborough Sauvignon category, I really wish many winemakers across the country would get braver and more site-individual with their Pinot Noirs. The quality of fruit coming in from vineyards continues to improve with better perfumes and arrays of complex earthy/savory characters coming through in many of the wines. But the structures remain soft and, well, wishy-washy. Great Pinots really require some backbone in their youth if they're ever going to bottle-age into something truly spectacular. Enough said.</p> <p>2012 &amp; 2013 Vintages</p> <p>I already isolated separate regional/vintage reports on Martinborough earlier this year and Waiheke Island this issue, both regions that largely do their own thing when it comes to vintages. So I'll start with the other major North Island regions of Hawkes Bay and Gisborne and then speak on the South Island. 2011 was declared a reasonably good to excellent vintage on the North Island, although this could partly be in comparison to the rather appalling 2012 vintage. 2012 was a wet, cold and all-around miserable summer for Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. Steve Smith of Craggy Range claimed it was the coldest and wettest since 1993, and has therefore declassified the fruit from the parcels that normally make the winery's top Gimblett Gravels labels "Le Sol" and "Sophia" into lower tier labels. Indeed, the 2012 wines from these regions were something of a disappointment, particularly given that the cultivars planted there - predominately Bordeaux red varieties, Syrah and Chardonnay - need a bit more warmth and sunshine than other New Zealand cultivars to fully ripen.</p> <p>As reported last year, the 2012 vintage saw yields down significantly on 2011, 18% overall for New Zealand, and this was largely down to a very cool spring and poor fruit set in Marlborough. But on the South Island, the 2012 harvest was not quite as grim as it was in areas further north along the eastern coast. The cooler/cloudy weather for which the "land of the long white cloud" is renowned continued into a cool, but thankfully dry, autumn on the South Island. Growers from Martinborough through Canterbury managed to escape the rains to the north and enjoy a protracted growing season with harvest dates around 3 weeks later than 2011. The results are wines that are not so overtly robust and intensely fruity as warmer growing seasons tend to produce, but in my book this is a positive. In spite of 2012 being touted by some as the "summer that never came," I'm finding there is wonderful elegance to the wines and in the best cases a bit more complexity. Meanwhile it was pretty much business as usual within the dry, sunny Central Otago rain shadow, with not much vintage fine tuning to discuss in this mostly charmed viticultural pocket of New Zealand.</p> <p>While 2013 may be looking like a train wreck of a vintage for much of Europe, with the New Zealand wines securely in barrels, tanks, or already in markets, it is safe to say there will be plenty of good drinking on offer from this neck of the woods! There were some isolated incidences of frost early in the season in a few regions to lower the quantity (e.g. Kumeu River was hit hard), but overall yields across the country were up significantly - by 28% on 2012 and 5% up on 2011. In the end it was a slightly early harvest compared to normal and the reported quality is generally very high throughout the country. The Marlborough Sauvignons that I've already tasted are indeed back to their intensely bold, gregarious selves. Regions such as Hawkes Bay and Waiheke that particularly need that extra heat and sun to fine tune their already impressive Bordeaux varietal wines are extremely pleased with their 2013 wines. Move over Bordeaux!</p> <p><strong>Note:</strong> My apologies that a portion of my recent New Zealand tasting notes will be posted on a delayed basis to appear in the database at the end of <strong>November</strong>. I'd like to stress that the delay for posting some notes is in no way a reflection of the quality of these wineries - there are some outstanding wines among the second set of postings.</p> <p><em>&mdash;Lisa Perrotti-Brown</em></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.erobertparker.com/members/winedata/articles/article780.asp">Full article (may require subscription)</a></p> Grapes on a Train: A quick trip from New York to New Zealand http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/grapes-on-a-train-a-quick-trip-from-new-york-to-new-zealand.600/ 2013-10-10 2013-10-10 10:48:55 Tracy Ellen Kamens - Through the Bunghole <p>From walk-around wine tastings and dinners with winemakers to clever titles and cute comparisons, it&rsquo;s challenging for wine public relations people to create something new and different for the press and trade. However, the folks at Complexity &ndash; New Zealand&nbsp; have certainly succeeded with their Grapes on a Train event held in late September.</p> <p>&ldquo;All aboard!&rdquo; came the shouts from the conductors as we assembled on the platform at New York Penn Station very early on a Sunday morning. We were about to embark on a unique journey, partially retracing the tracks of the famed 20th Century Limited.</p> <p>The seminars were led by the winemakers, all members of the Complexity-New Zealand consortium. This portfolio crosses wine regions and emphasizes New Zealand&rsquo;s high quality wines, with membership currently limited to 17 producers. &nbsp; We kicked off the day with a general introduction to New Zealand &ndash; its history, its culture, its people and its land. With the stage set, we then moved onto the varietally-focused tastings.</p> <p><strong>Aromatics Seminar </strong><em>with Rudi Bauer, Winemaker of Quartz Reef and Ben Glover, Chief Winemaker at Mud House Wines</em><br /> Less well known than Sauvignon Blanc, the aromatic white varieties of New Zealand can be traced back to the 1980s when Gew&uuml;rztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris were first planted. Rudi suggested that these varieties were more about purity of varietal expression than about winemaking, additionally emphasizing the link between aromatics and acidity. Rudi acknowledged that you don&rsquo;t always know what you are getting from Pinot Gris, but with Riesling, the standard of quality is better. He felt that the reason Pinot Gris was way behind Riesling in its development was that the initial stock had come from Geisenheim, when the focus was on quantity, not quality. As progress is made, alcohol levels are coming down as are sugar levels. Consequently,&nbsp;Pinot Gris wines are becoming more food friendly to support cuisine along with a trend toward longer time spent on the lees, resulting in wines with more richness and texture. My favorite wine of the session was the Mt. Difficulty Pinot Gris 2012 , Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://throughthebunghole.com/grapes-train-quick-trip-new-york-new-zealand/">Click here to see full report</a></p> <p>www.throughthebunghole.com</p> Complexity Group’s Grapes On A Train 2013 – My Maiden Voyage to Montreal http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/complexity-groups-grapes-on-a-train-2013-my-maiden-voyage-to-montreal.601/ 2013-10-03 2013-10-03 10:57:37 Tina Wong - The Wandering Eater <p>Two weekends ago, I was asked by Complexity Group to shoot and video their annual event, <strong>Grapes On a Train</strong>. Complexity is a New Zealand-based group that would bring awareness of their home country&rsquo;s delicious wines to the United States.</p> <p>This particular event is very unique as a medium-sized group of wine industry people, like sommeliers, wine buyers, wine directors, and a few writers gather to meet at NYC&rsquo;s Penn Station to ride a vintage train car and take the scenic route along the Hudson River to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. During that long ride north, we participated in four different wine seminars (we rotate in groups) and tasted the delicious New Zealand wines that the winemakers took along for the trip.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a pretty exciting excursion for me since it&rsquo;s my first trip to Montreal and it&rsquo;s all romantically set in a train.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://thewanderingeater.com/2013/10/03/complexity-groups-grapes-on-a-train-2013-my-maiden-voyage-to-montreal/">Full article</a></p> Sparkling Wine Sponsor at The Marr Factory 2013 http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/sparkling-wine-sponsor-at-the-marr-factory-2013.586/ 2013-08-27 2013-08-27 12:15:52 The Marr Factory <p>We are thrilled to be the sparkling wine sponsor at The Marr Factory fashion events 2013 in Auckland 26th - 29th August</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2013/aug/the-marr-factory">http://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2013/aug/the-marr-factory</a></p> Central Otago Pinot Noir Wine Tasting in Sydney, August 22nd http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/central-otago-pinot-noir-wine-tasting-in-sydney-august-22nd.585/ 2013-08-06 2013-08-06 13:37:27 NZ Wine Online <p>Rudi will be in Sydney for this event, we suggest you get in quick for tickets:</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.nzwineonline.com.au/content_common/pg-central-otago-pinot-noir-wine-tasting-event.seo">http://www.nzwineonline.com.au/content_common/pg-central-otago-pinot-noir-wine-tasting-event.seo</a></p> Vintage 2013 - drinksbiz Magazine June / July 2013 http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/vintage-2013--drinksbiz-magazine-june-july-2013.580/ 2013-06-01 2013-06-01 11:33:30 Joelle Thomson - drinksbiz <p><strong>A GREAT YEAR ... 2013</strong></p> <p>Every year delivers its own set of winter challenges but 2013 was one out of the bag for much of New Zealand, including the deep south, as <em>Editor Joelle Thomson</em> writes ...</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.drinksbiz.co.nz/#/publications/publications/junejuly2013/">link to drinksbiz here</a></p> Quartz Reef http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/quartz-reef.576/ 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 08:00:00 Joelle Thomson - The Dominion Post, Life <p><strong><em>"Touching Moments"</em></strong></p> <p>Wine writer Joelle Thomson recently spent a week working a vintage at Central Otago's Quartz Reef, helping make red and white wine.</p> <p>WHILE the word vintage evokes romantic images of middle-aged car collectors quaffing wine, vintage for winemakers is a manic time of grape picking, pressing, crushing, fermenting and moving juice and wine from presser to fermentation tanks to barrels or bottles.</p> <p>Each year, this process happens in wineries around the country, the cork in the bottle of the wine-making story.</p> <p>I've been writing about wine for 20 years now, but I've never got down and dirty by actually working in a winery, until last month.&nbsp; Knowing I'd always wanted to work vintage, Central Otago winemaker Rudi Bauer invited me to join Quartz Reef winery during vintage.</p> <p>Like most Central Otago wineries, the vast majority of Quartz Reef grapes are pinot noir - the balance being riesling, chardonnay and pinot gris.&nbsp; By the time I arrived at Quartz Reef, all the pinot grapes had been picked - over two days in early April - and were happily fermenting in Rudi's open tanks and small "flower pots" (plastic tanks with sealed lids).</p> <p>Rudi lets his grapes do wild ferments.&nbsp; That's code for waiting on mother nature's yeasts to do the wild thing on their own, or spontaneously start fermentation.&nbsp; Most winemakers add commercial yeast to begin fermentation, but wild ferments are popular among perfectionists and Austrian-born Rudi is definitely one of those.&nbsp; While most of his pinot grapes ferment in the "flower pots", while I was there Rudi reckoned a couple of them needed a kick-start to get fermentation going.</p> <p>That meant foot pressing.&nbsp; So in I went.&nbsp; Jeans rolled up to the knees, my feet gently released juice to start fermentation.&nbsp; It's not what is typically done these days, but Rudi wanted his visiting wine writer to have a full immersion vintage and I happily obliged, along with a visiting Spanish winemaking intern and Rudi's German winemaker.&nbsp; The flower pot of grapes then went through carbonic fermentation, the process used to make beaujolais and, increasingly, many super tasty pinots.&nbsp; A little bit of out-there juicy fruit flavour goes a long way in a top-shelf pinot noir.&nbsp; It's not bad on the nostrils, either.&nbsp; The smells of a winery during vintage are mouthwatering, whether you're foot pressing or hand-plunging the cap of grape skins that float on top of fermenting wine.</p> <p>Fermentation takes from several days to several weeks, depending on temperature and yeast strength.&nbsp; Red wine is then pressed and put into french oak barrels, where it nods off for a winter slumber to soften out and pick up a thing or two from the oak - a touch of spice here, a hint of body there.&nbsp; After 11 to 18 months, the wines are woken up, blended, finished and bottled.</p> <p>The magic of watching, tasting and touching grapes as they morph from juice into wine is fascinating.&nbsp; There is nothing like being literally in touch with fermenting grapes.</p> Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Vintage 2007 http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/quartz-reef-methode-traditionnelle-vintage-2007.577/ 2013-05-08 2013-05-08 12:08:59 Bob Campbell MW <p>Honoured that our Methode Traditionnelle Vintage 2007 has been selected for the prestigious Six Nations Wine Challenge 2013</p> iD Dunedin Fashion Week: 10 - 17 March 2013 http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/id-dunedin-fashion-week-10--17-march-2013.572/ 2013-02-19 2013-02-19 14:48:30 iD Dunedin Fashion Week <p>We are very proud to be the longstanding sparkling wine sponsor of iD Dunedin Fashion Week</p> Portsea Polo 2013 Bright Young Things http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/portsea-polo-2013-bright-young-things.571/ 2013-01-12 2013-01-12 12:07:19 Quartz Reef - Mezzanine Wines <p>Portsea Polo 2013 - Bright Young Things Event</p> Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV - GOLD at Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012 http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/quartz-reef-methode-traditionnelle-brut-nv--gold-at-air-new-zealand-wine-awards-2012.561/ 2012-11-14 2012-11-14 17:04:22 Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012 <p>PURE GOLD at Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012</p> <p>Wineworks Champion Sparkling Wine</p> <p>Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV</p> Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Wines Achieve Double Trophy Success - Press Release http://www.quartzreef.co.nz/reviews/news/quartz-reef-methode-traditionnelle-wines-achieve-double-trophy-success--press-release.558/ 2012-10-10 2012-10-10 15:55:39 Quartz Reef <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>DOUBLE TROPHY SUCCESS<br /></strong></span></p> <p>The last ten days has seen Quartz Reef gain trophy success at two important New Zealand wine competitions.</p> <p>The whirlwind started with a trophy for the Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Ros&eacute; for Champion NZ Sparkling at the New Zealand International Wine show announced Sept 29th. This was quickly followed up with a Champion Sparkling Wine trophy for Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Vintage 2007 at The Spiegelau International Wine Competition on Friday 5th October.</p> <p>Rudi Bauer Quartz Reef&rsquo;s winemaker and owner was thrilled with the company&rsquo;s success and recognition of Central Otago as a region producing award winning Methode Traditionnelle Sparkling wine.</p> <p>&ldquo;It has been a labour of love for us at Quartz Reef for the last fifteen years. We know our Bendigo vineyards produce wonderful grapes and over that time we have perfected our hand crafted bottle fermented techniques to produce something really memorable for consumers.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;What is so exciting is that our Ros&eacute; is a relatively new addition to our range and that it has been recognised with the Champion NZ Sparkling trophy. It is such a happy and accessible wine. The Vintage Methode Traditionnelle has always had that extra special treatment and been a favourite at the winery and cellar door. It&rsquo;s wonderful to see this wine gain such an accolade as we are very proud of it as the pinnacle of what we can produce in Methode Traditionnelle&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Both of these competitions are influential as they have an international component to them with the wine categories judged and in the panel of judges. It is a proud moment to have your peers recognise all our hard work&rdquo;.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;With the festive season fast approaching we look forward to consumers being able to enjoy these memorable and celebrated wines.&rdquo;</p> <p>For further information:</p> <p>Simon Beck</p> <p>Quartz Reef&nbsp;</p> <p>03 445 3084&nbsp;&nbsp; simon@quartzreef.co.nz</p>