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QUARTZ REEF

Named in 1996 after New Zealand's largest quartz deposit that lies beneath the vineyards at Bendigo Station, Quartz Reef has become the vessel for what winemaker Rudi Bauer calls his search to make wines which exhibit “a symphony of flavours that capture attention and entertain so that you forget everything else”.

Direct and to the point; loves to stir things up; adores vintage champagne; qualified viticulturist and winemaker; consummate creator when it comes to either Pinot Noir or méthode traditionnelle: these are all apt descriptors of Austrian-born Rudi Bauer. In town recently hosting a winemaker’s dinner, he was most concerned that there had been no controversy over the night and so tried his best to start some. This is how the man rolls.

Love him or not (and we’re reasonably sure that Central Otago is still divided), he is an indisputably clever winemaker. Rudi’s Pinot Noir is world-class, and his superb méthode champions brilliantly the true potential of our southernmost regions for sparkling wine.
LOCATION
Central Otago, New Zealand
VARIETIES PLANTED
Pinot Noir, Gruner Veltliner, Riesling, Pinot Gris
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
90/100 The Wine Advocate
Biodynamic
Gold Medal Winner
IWSC Gold Medal Winner
Organic
Sustainable
Trophy Winner

Rudi Bauer

Quartz Reef applies the proven winemaking talents of Austrian-born Rudi Bauer, who continues to enjoy & explore the Pinot Noir's many dimensions, and the convergence of the old and the new wine worlds. Rudi was born in the district of Salzburg, Austria. Gaining degrees in viticulture and winemaking in Gumpoldskirchen (1975-79) and Krems (1980-82) in Austria and followed by winemaking business college in Bad Kreuznach (1983-84), Germany. 1985 Arrived in New Zealand – Mission Vineyard, Hawkes Bay as Assistant Winemaker 1986 Vintage at Simi winery, Sonoma County, California Sokol-Blosser winery, Oregon 1988 Vintage at Simi winery, as small lot winemaker 1989 - 1992 Viticulturist/winemaker at Rippon Vineyard, Lake Wanaka 1992 Vintage at Meo Camuzet, Vosne-Romanee, Burgundy 1993 - 1997 Winemaker at Giesen Wine Estate, Canterbury 1996 Formed Quartz Reef 1999 Champion Winemaker of the Year - Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand Easter Wine Show 2000 Driving force, with Alan Brady, behind the first Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration 2002 Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration Chairman 2004 International Pinot Noir Celebration Wellington 2004, board member 2010 Der Feinschmecker Wine Awards “Winemaker of the Year” Nominee (one of six in world and first ever in New Zealand)

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