2018 Quartz Reef Bendigo Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
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
96/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Intense yet elegant pinot noir with black cherry, dark berry, violet and spicy oak flavours. A seamless wine with impressive purity and power. While it can be appreciated now, it promises to deliver more with bottle age thanks to a structure of fine tannins."
|Maturity||2020 - 2035|
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