Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV, Rosé NV and Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2013

31-Jul-2018

It is extremely interesting that although Central Otago was deemed the ideal region for methode traditionnelle production that there are only two producers who have made it a success commercially. Quartz Reef, with Rudi Bauer is the leader, supported very strongly by Akarua. There are a number of other producers who have entered the category, but at this stage, the quantities are small, and they have yet to register any real presence on the market. Rudi and Quartz Reef released their first method traditionnelle in 1998, and with two decades of constant refinement, the wines can be considered among the best sparkling wines in the country. The production of method traditionnelle figures significantly in the Quartz Reef output, with around 5,000 cases of the Brut and 1,000 cases of the Rosé and approx. 300 or so cases of the Vintage wine, all from the Bendigo estate vineyards. The sales of all of these wines are very strong, particularly the rosé. They make a wonderful part of the Quartz Reef portfolio of extremely high quality Pinot Noir with Pinot Gris and a little Gruner Veltliner in support (Rudi is Austrian…) with rosé table wine. The first table wine Chardonnay from the 2016 vintage has recently been released. Rudi and his team are pretty busy! Here, I review the latest methode traditionnelle releases of the Brut NV, Rosé NV, and new Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2013 which comes in a bottle similar to the Taittinger ‘Comtes de Champagne’! www.quartzreef.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Quartz Reef Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV
  • Quartz Reef Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle Rosé NV
  • Quartz Reef Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2013

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