Quartz Reef Methode NV and Vintage, Pinot Gris and Noir 2016, and Estate Pinot Noir 2015

02-Oct-2017
As one of the most experienced Central Otago winemakers, Rudi Bauer has earned considerable respect. Originally working with Rolfe and Lois Mills at Rippon in Wanaka at the start of the 1990s, Rudi went on to establish Quartz Reef in the Bendigo sub-region in 1996, in partnership with Trevor Scott and John Perriam. A pioneer in that district, Rudi recognised the attributes of soils and aspect, as well as the region being the warmest in Central Otago. Pinot Noir is the focus, and the Quartz Reef wines are regarded as among the best in Central Otago, reflecting the Bendigo regionality. But method traditionnelle wines, based on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have also proven to be of wonderful style and quality. These stars are supported by excellent Pinot Gris and Rosé. There are tiny amounts of Gruner Veltliner made from vines planted in 2008, no doubt a nod to Rudi’s Austrian homeland. The Quartz Reef estate is organic and Demeter biodynamic certified. Here, I review the new Methode NV and Vintage 2012, the 2016 Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, and 2015 ‘Bendigo Estate – Single Ferment’ Pinot Noir. www.quartzreef.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Quartz Reef Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV
  • Quartz Reef Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle Vintage 2012
  • Quartz Reef ‘Bendigo Single Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016
  • Quartz Reef ‘Bendigo Single Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
  • Quartz Reef ‘Bendigo Estate – Single Ferment’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

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