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Quartz Reef - Quality Plus from Bendigo

02 February,2011
Rudi Bauer is one of the most experienced and serious winemakers in Central Otago. Sighting the aspect and recognising the soils of what is now the Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Vineyard, Rudi knew that this site was unique and that exceptional wines would be made from fruit grown there. His wines are seriously sophisticated and designed for the long haul, the Pinot Noirs in particular possessing the structure that few other Central Otago wines share. The passion and drive that Rudi has enables him the craft the Methode Traditionnelle wines that have no peer in the region. The sparkling wines show refined autolytic character and great class. www.quartzreef.co.nz


Quartz Reef ‘Bendigo' Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle NV

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand – Otago

This latest release (Lot L2009), disgorged from January 2011, shows its tight, restrained youthful character clearly. Very pale straw coloured with fine bubbles, this has a stylish bouquet of fresh, apple-like fruit and well-balanced, moderately yeasty autolysis. The depth of the nose shows the predominance of Pinot Noir. Dry on palate, this has fresh appley fruit flavours with bracing acidity. Light bready-yeast nuances show, and are in accord with the fruit. The mousse and textures are very fine. A blend of 61% Pinot Noir and 39% Chardonnay from the company's estate vineyard in Bendigo, fermented to 12.5% with a dosage of 8 g/L, and given 18 months on lees. Drink as an aperitif, or wait for 2-3 years for toasty complexities to develop in the bottle. 17.5/20 Feb 2011 RRP $30.00

Quartz Reef ‘Single Vineyard – Bendigo' Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle Rosé NV

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand – Otago

The first rosé method from Quartz Reef, (Lot LR2008) made from 89% Pinot Noir and 11% Chardonnay fermented to 12.5% alc. with a dosage of 5 g/L, aged 24 months on lees and disgorged in September 2010. This has a very attractive pale cerise-pink colour and persistent, fine bubbles. The bouquet has beautifully fresh strawberry aromas with red cherry and floral rose nuances allied to excellent brioche autolysis notes. Dry on palate, this has pronounced soft red fruit flavours, very much Pinot Noir in expression, sweet and lush, the richness lending a rounded texture. Excellent autolysis backs the fruit. This is a full, but fresh and racy rosé with serious presence that will be versatile with food. 18.5-/20 Feb 2011 RRP $35.00

Quartz Reef ‘Single Vineyard – Bendigo' Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle Vintage 2006

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand – Otago

A sparkling wine of great intensity and complexity. Brilliant, limpid lemon-straw-yellow with some green hues to the colour, this has a very fine, persistent bead. On nose, the intensely concentrated citrus and yellow floral aromatics of Chardonnay fruit are framed by powerful, complex, bready autolysis. The palate shows great depth and intensity of flavour, almost overwhelming, yet very fine, crisp and bracing acidity provides tension and liveliness. The biscuity and positive complex oxidative layers allied to the tight Chardonnay elegance makes this a statement wine to enjoy over the next 3-5 years. Made from 97% Chardonnay and 3% Pinot Noir from the ‘Bendigo Estate' vineyard, fermented to 12.5% alc. with a dosage of 6 g/L, and aged 3 years and 9 months on lees. Disgorged in September 2010. Lot L2026. 19.0/20 Feb 2011 RRP $40.00

Quartz Reef ‘Bendigo' Central Otago Pinot Gris 2010

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago

Fruit from the ‘Bendigo Estate' vineyard, whole bunch pressed and fermented warmish to 13.5% alc. and 7.5 g/L rs. This has an even pale straw-yellow colour with good depth and a fresh, sweetly ripe white and yellow stonefruit aroma with yeasty-nutty lees nuances on a soft, full nose. Dryish on palate, this has a rich yellow stonefruit flavours with notes of spiced pears, nuts and cream. The textures have roundness resulting in smoothness and accessibility, yet there is good acidity. Minerally notes enliven the finish. Drink this with Asian poultry and pork dishes over the next 3-4 years. 17.5+/20 Feb 2011 RRP $26.00

Quartz Reef ‘Bendigo' Central Otago Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

Dark, deep hearted, ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, this has an intensely rich bouquet of fresh black berry and cherry fruits with elements of herbs and minerals, Dry and finely structured with firm tannin extraction, the black cherry-berry fruits are enhanced by noticeable acidity on the palate. This is still youthful, the grip a little prominent at present, lending a brooding dryness. However the fruit depth is clear and this wine will blossom and come into harmony, developing truffle-like complexities over the next 6-8 years. Made from clones 10/5, 5, 115, 667, 777 and Abel from the ‘Bendigo Estate' vineyard, given 4-7 days cold maceration, partially wild yeast fermented with 14% whole bunch to 14.5% alc. then aged 14 months in 33% new French oak barrels. Another classical, ageworthy Bendigo Pinot Noir. 18.5-/20 Feb 2011 RRP $40.00
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