Quartz Reef Methode, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir Releases

07-Apr-2014
Founded in 1996 by Rudi Bauer, Trevor Scott and John Perriam, the Quartz Reef winegrowing operation is based on 30 ha of vineyards over two equal sized blocks on Loop Road on Bendigo Station. With the deep-thinking and highly-experienced Rudi Bauer at the helm, Quartz Reef has always carried a sense of gravitas, and the wines have continually evolved to deliver more of the special location and the terroir. I visited Quartz Reef in July last year and was impressed with the full immersion of the total concern into the biodynamic world (click here to read my report). It’s something that Rudi dreamed about at the start, and worked towards slowly, finally gaining Demeter biodynamic certification in 2011. Along the way, and with an accumulated experience of over 15 years of the vineyard, vines and processes, I’d say Quartz Reef is on top of its game. However, I know that Rudi and his team reckon they’re only starting the life of Quartz Reef, and will need to pass it on to the next generation of custodians to see the vineyard and its wines develop into full maturity. The production is small, with wines made only from estate-grown fruit. There are around 5,000 cases of Methode Traditionnelle as the core wine, supported by 1,000 cases of Methode Rosé and 300 cases of a Vintage Methode. Of the still wines, Pinot Noir dominates the production with 2,500 cases, and there are usually around 1,000 case of Pinot Gris made. Here, I review the latest releases from Quartz Reef. 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 Vintage 2009
  • Quartz Reef Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Gris 2013
  • Quartz Reef Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012
  • Quartz Reef ‘Bendigo Estate’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

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