Quartz Reef ‘Bendigo Single Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 2013

Rudi Bauer is one of the most experienced of Central Otago winemakers, having started his time in the region with Rolfe and Lois Mills at Rippon in Wanaka. He began Quartz Reef in 1996 in partnership with Trevor Scott and John Perriam and now has 30 ha of vines in the Bendigo district, gaining Demeter Biodynamic certification in 2011. I had a visit in 2013 to catch up and see Rudi and his team’s total immersion into biodynamics, and tasted a range of 2013 Pinot Noir barrel samples (click here to see my report). The primary Pinot Noir wine is called ‘Bendigo Single Vineyard’. There have been several versions of the name over the years, but the current moniker recognises that the wine comes from a unified vineyard site. The limited release super-prenium ‘Bendigo Estate’ Pinot Noir remains the same in labelling and continues to be a select parcel of vineyard fruit or a selected ferment. Here, I review the 2013 ‘Bendigo Single Vineyard’ Pinot Noir. www.quartzreef.co.nz


  • Quartz Reef ‘Bendigo Single Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

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