Quartz Reef Méthode Traditionnelle NV Brut is a sparkling wine exuding elegance and finesse. Pale yellow with a bouquet of green apple and hints of lime and brioche. On the palate, this is flirtatious and moreish. Enhanced by an invigorating cool, creamy acidity. Focused, cool and crisp with beautiful balance and length. This is how it was described by Cameon Douglas (MS): “Complex and alluring bouquet of sparkling wine with an intense biscuit, brioche and toasty autolysis followed by aromas of white strawberry, pear, apple and lemon. A deep-seated floral and mineral core extends the aroma profile. Bold powerful mousse, full-bodied and richly flavoured on the palate, flavours reflect the nose with a core of autolytic flavours leading to a lengthy and fine finish. Delicious!” However you describe it, there is no denying it tastes sensational. And perfectly partnered with our lemon risotto with pea and rocket puree.
Hand-picked, 15th to 23rd February 2018. A selected blend of 61% Pinot Noir and 39% Chardonnay. Bottle fermented and aged on lees. Riddled and disgorged by hand at Quartz Reef. The winemaking was very much in keeping with the traditional practices of the Old World. The winemaker, Rudi Bauer, has combined these techniques, and his own personal understanding, to create this wine.
Bendigo Estate Vineyard was established in 1998 by Rudi Bauer. Both vineyard and winemaker creating their own history chapter as pioneers in New Zealand’s developing wine industry. They farm holistically, with full organic and biodynamic certification. “For us the highest priority is being good custodians of the land and growing grapes and making wine in a responsible manner. We want to show that you can look after the land and ensure it is in better shape for the next generation while making great wine at the same time.” This wine is from their BioGro certified organic and Demeter certified biodynamic estate vineyard located in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago.
They aim to craft engaging wines that tell their story, that capture the extraordinary beauty and energy of their landscape and community and express this with purity and precision in the glass.
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