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"Excellent depth & concentration with fine-grained tannin" Raymond Chan

"A rich & sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with dark-red cherry, berry, raspberry flavours" Raymond Chan

Perfect with game birds, try with roast pheasant & bread sauce

Quartz Reef Single Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

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Elsewhere $49.99 $43.47
6 Btls, $233.94 6 Btls, $203.43
Awarded 18.5/20 Points Organic Wine Bio Grow
Quartz Reef Single Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Quartz Reef Single Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Member rating / 1
This wine is from the Quartz Reef Organic, Biodynamic Certified Estate vineyard located in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago...
Elsewhere $49.99 $43.47
6 Btls, $233.94 6 Btls, $203.43


Awarded 18.5/20 Points

Raymond Chan, Oct 2017


"Moderately deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is firmly concentrated with a fine and intense core of dark-red cherry and berry fruit, entwined with raspberry notes, red florals, dark herbs and notes of liquorice and minerals. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and sweet flavour of dark-red cherries and berry fruit with nuances of raspberry liqueur., unfolding subtle floral and thyme herb elements. The palate has excellent depth, concentration and extraction, with considerable fine-grained tannin textures forming a strong backbone and line. The acidity is fresh and lacy, contributing to the drive and vitality, and the wine carries to a long and sustained finish of raspberry liqueur, liquorice and herbs. This is a rich and sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with dark-red cherry, berry and raspberry flavours, a concentrated palate and plenty of fine-grained tannin extraction with a vibrant finish. Serve with wild duck and pork dishes over the next 7-8+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 10/5, 5, 115, 667, 777 and Abel, from the ‘Bendigo Estate’, vines 16-19 y.o., indigenous yeast fermented with 7% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 28% new oak. Certified Demeter biodynamic" Raymond Chan, Oct 2017

Divine ruby red in colour with intense cherry and berry aromas. Rich on the palate with dark cherry, subtle floral and herbaceous notes. Excellent depth, fine tannins and a long vibrant finish.

This wine is from Quartz Reef Organic, Biodynamic Certified Estate vineyard located in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. The vineyard was planted in 1998 after careful site selection. The soils on the beautiful north facing slope are Waenga fine sandy loam and Letts steepland with an elevation of 217 – 264 metres, on 44.55° south.

Spring was cool and led into a very dry September and a warm dry October. November mornings presented some frost conditions however the days became warm and stayed dry. Summer developed into another warm dry season with December and January continuing this theme. In February the rainfall was well below normal. Overall a great summer yielding small, flavour packed berries with great colour.

Hand-picked on the 23rd March and 4th April. Each clone was small batch vinified with a small percentage of whole cluster per ferment. Cold Soaked for up to 7 days before indigenous yeast fermentation kicked in. Gentle plunging each day, followed by post maceration of up to 11 days to ensure optimum fruit and tannin balance. Total time on skin; 23 days. Drained directly into selected French oak barriques (28% new) where the wine aged for 12 months during which wild malolactic fermentation occurs. The winemaking was very much in keeping with the traditional practices of the Old World. The winemaker, Rudi Bauer, has combined these techniques, and his own personal understanding, to create this wine.


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Love this wine - a personal favourite - and at the price hard to go passed

Geoff - 24/05/2019


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