2020 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
95/100 Bob Campbell MW (2019 vintage)
"Intense and expressive pinot noir with plum, dark cherry, spice, thyme and anise, plus subtle spicy oak. A very impressive wine from a very good vintage. Power that's delivered with considerable finesse 28 JAN 2021." Drink 2021 - 2029
94/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2019 vintage)
"Plush, ripe, fresh, youthful, varietal, fruity and loaded with pinosity. Aromas and flavours of dark cherry and plum, dried raspberry and rose. There’s also a core of minerality with a stony silty flavour and combined with tannins, acidity and a flavours of French oak - this wine delivers a food and palate ready expression. Dark berries, smoky oak and chalky tannins, plenty of pinosity and a lengthy finish. As always - expertly made with a long detailed finish."
93/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski (2019 vintage)
"All from the estate vineyard in Bendigo, the 2019 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir features intricate shadings of sous-bois, herbal nuances, hints of mocha and ripe, black-cherry fruit. Medium to full-bodied—remember that Bendigo is one of the warmest subregions in Central Otago—supple and expansive in the mouth, this bold, rich example of Pinot Noir fits the age-worthy mold that has characterized owner Rudi Bauer's wines for three decades."
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