Named after New Zealand’s largest quartz rock deposit that underlies the company’s vineyards at Bendigo, Central Otago. Split between two vineyards, Quartz Reef has 30 hectares cultivated within this sub-region. The principal Bendigo Estate Vineyard site is a 15 hectare north facing slope comprising arid clay, fine gravel and quartz soils. Originally planted to Pinot Noir, with a planting density of between 5-8,000 vines per hectare, the site also holds Pinot Gris and Chardonnay on various rootstocks. Both varietals are planted with a density of between 3,500-5,000 vines per hectare. Adjacent to this is the modestly north sloping 15 hectare vineyard comprising Waenga (fine sandy loam) and Molyneux (shallow sandy loam) soils. The vineyard serves to supply Quartz Reef with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for Methode Traditionnelle sparkling wine production. Biodynamic.
What The Critics Say
94/100 Bob Campbell
“Impressively textural pinot gris - rich and silken smooth - with subtle citrus, green pear, ginger and bready lees flavours. Made in a bone-dry style, with good support from fresh acidity. A tight, youthful wine with development potential. To be released in October 2017 19/7/2017.” Drink 2017 - 2021
18/20 Raymond Chan
"Brilliant, even straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues. The nose is fresh and fine in expression with a softly concentrated core of white stonefruits, florals and subtle nutty and mineral notes. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate possesses rich and vibrant flavours of white stonefruits with white florals and nutty elements. The fruit richness is enlivened by light, lacy acidity and the wine flows along a very fine-textured line. The richness blossoms as the wine carries to a full finish with aromatic stonefruit, floral and nutty flavours. This is a dry Pinot Gris with rich and bright flavours of stonefruits, nuts and florals on a fine-textured palate that blossoms on the finish. Serve with poultry and pork over the next 3-4 years. Hand-picked fruit, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.4% alc. and 3 g/L RS, the wine aged 10 months on lees. Certified Demeter biodynamic. 18.0/20 Oct 2017 RRP $32.00."
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