Quartz Reef - NV
A fine biodynamic sparkling wine from the hands of master winemaker Rudi Bauer. A lovely bouquet leaps from the glass offering an enticing, elegant medley of red stone fruits and citrus with a dash of florality. Intense, precise and focused the wine has tight delineation but also a creamy, refined mousse. The breadmeal, brioche, yeast and hazelnut nuances reflect a lengthy 24 month bottle ageing on its lees. Excellent weight of flavour is kept enlivened at all times by a keen, vibrant acidity. The fine length of flavour emphasises the wine’s undoubted class. 63% Pinot Noir 37% Chardonnay. Residual sugar of only 6 g/l making for a clean, dry finale with pin-point focus.
***** 18.5/20 – Raymond Chan, ‘Bright straw-yellow colour with a suggestion of light gold, pale edged, the bubbles are very fine with good persistence. The nose is softly full and voluminous with fresh aromas of yellow stonefruits, citrus fruit and white florals, harmoniously entwined with soft bready-yeasty autolysis. The nose has good depth and a tight core. Dry to taste, the palate has soft, rich flavours of white stonefruits and florals interwoven with bready-yeasty autolysis. The mouthfeel is gently full and creamy with fine mousse, and is balanced by refreshing acidity. The flavours form an elegant core with good drive, carrying the wine to a long, lingering, concentrated finish of stonefruits and yeast. This is a softly rich, fresh and creamy methode traditionnelle with stonefruit and yeasty flavours, and a tight core and line. Serve as an aperitif and with white meat dishes over the next 3+ years. Hand-picked fruit, in March 2015, a blend of 63% Pinot Noir and 37% Chardonnay, fermented in bottle to 12.5% alc., with 6 g/L RS, the wine aged on less with disgorging from autumn 2017. Certified Demeter biodynamic.’ July 2018
91 Points – Jamie Goode, ‘Lovely focus here: there’s a bit of citrus pith with some nice linear citrus fruit. Crisp and focused with lovely precision. Has nice brightness and a faint creamy, toasty richness. Good intensity and concentration.’ (February 2019)
17/20 – JancisRobinson.com, ‘Dry. Wonderfully inviting nose – the fruit is on the riper side but there’s also a delicate leesy autolytic character that you don’t always get on New World fizz. Pretty dry, plenty of citrus fruit and a fine, elegant mousse with just a light yeasty note on the finish. Complete and refined. Very good indeed.’ Julia Harding MW, October 2015
***** 93 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (September 2018)
4.5 Stars – Winestate Magazine (May 2019)
Silver Medal – New Zealand Organic Wine Awards 2019