Named after New Zealands largest quartz deposit that lies beneath our vineyards at Bendigo Station, Quartz Reef has become the vessel for what winemaker Rudi Bauer calls – his search to make wines which exhibit a symphony of flavours that capture attention and entertain so that you forget everything else.
Quartz reef was founded in 1996 and the principal partners are Rudi Bauer, Trevor Scott, John Perriam.
Quartz Reef vinifies wines of outstanding flavour and intensity. There are currently 30 hectares under cultivation. The key to this distinction lies in the maturing sun drenched slopes situated at Quartz Reefs Bendigo Estate vineyard. Under Rudis custodianship Pinot Noir becomes the essence of Central Otago whilst Pinot Gris takes on a rich textured dry style.
All Quartz Reef wines benefit greatly from Rudi Bauers Austrian heritage exploring the many dimensions of the varieties.
Quartz Reef is open for tastings, Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays, over summer, from 12 pm to 5pm.
Visit our humble working winery Cellar Door / Tasting Room at,
8 Hughes Crescent (in Lake Dunstan Industrial Estate off McNulty Road)
McNulty Road is off SH6 (on the Cromwell - Queenstown road)
Split between two vineyards, Quartz Reef has 30 hectares cultivated within the Central Otago sub-region of Bendigo.
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 (clone 10/5, 5, 115, 667, 777 & Abel) with a planting density of between 3,500 - 8,000 vines per hectare, the site also holds Pinot Gris (clone Mission, GM 2-15, GM 2-21) and Chardonnay (clone 15, 2-23 & B95) on various rootstocks. Both varietals are planted with a density of between 3,500-5,000 vines per hectare.
A small planting of Gruner Veltliner was planted in 2008.
Adjacent to this is our 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 (clone 10/5, 5, 115, 667 & 777) and Chardonnay (clone B95 & 15) for Methode Traditionnelle sparkling wine production. Pinot Gris is also grown here (clone GM 2-15, Sel Ovaille) for our still wine. This varietal is planted with a density of 3,800 vines per hectare.
- Quartz Reef Méthode Traditionnelle Brut NV Pure Gold (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
- Quartz Reef Central Otago Pinot Noir 2004 (International Wine Challenge 2006)
- Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2005 (International Wine Challenge 2007, New Zealand wines - Gold and Silver medals)
- Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2006 (International Wine Challenge 2008)
- Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2008 (International Wine Challenge 2010)