Quartz Reef "Methode Traditionelle" Sparkling Wine Brut Central Otago (Elsewhere $30)

SKU #1051640 91 points Wine & Spirits

 There’s impressive flavor depth to this clean, firm sparkler, its toasty lees character yielding scents of caramel and tart apple. The texture is creamy and soft, ready to pour with crab.  (2/ 2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The non-vintage Methode Traditionelle Sparkling is sourced from Gibbston and Bendigo, displays a captivating nose of oyster shell, orange-blossom and granite; the palate very well-balanced with good acidity and touches of lemon zest, green apple and just a faint hint of elderflower on the bone-dry finish. I doubt you will find a better non-vintage New Zealand sparkler  (4/ 2008)

Jancis Robinson

 Biodynamic Pinot/Chardonnay blend. RS 8 g/l. 24 months on lees. Crisp with light lemon and lime fruit on the nose. Crisp and tight and penetrating. Not much autolytic character but plenty of finesse. Dryish.  (12/ 2012)

K&L Notes

91 points Sam Kim Wine Orbit: "This is one of the most reliable and excellent sparkling wine labels. The nose is beautifully fragrant displaying citrus, yeast and subtle nutty characters. It's generously flavoured and silky smooth on the palate with a perfectly pitched acidity providing a classic dry finish. Made from grapes grown in the Bendigo district, 76% Pinot Noir and 24% Chardonnay." New Zealand's Quartz Reef makes this "Methode Traditionnelle" sparkling wine, made in the traditional Champagne method. It's riddled and disgorged by hand, to achieve elegance and finesse, at a cost that fits in with mere mortal proportions.This blend of 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay from Bendigo, Central Otago shows Gala apple, lime and brioche on the nose with creamy acidity and leesy notes. Focused, fresh and crisp with a beautiful balance and length. Yum!

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/30/2013  | Send Email
Still ridiculously delicious. Actually, I was recently on a week long sake buying trip in Japan and the first thing I ordered when I had an evening to myself to explore Tokyo was a glass of NZ bubbly to go with my fish carpaccio thinking of the Quartz. Refreshing, food friendly, and are you kidding me with the price?!

By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/7/2012  | Send Email
When winemaker Rudi Bauer was looking at the site for his own winery in the Bendigo sub-region after working at Rippon in Central Otago they had to consider the question, "what if the Pinot Noir might not ripen?" So, the thought of Sparkling wine was born. Clotilde Chauvet with family ties to Champagne followed Rudi as winemaker at Rippon and was one of the original shaeholders in Quartz Reef. Workshops with Jacques Peters from Veuve Cliquot followed with visits to Champagne helped Quartz Reef to become a specialist in Sparkling wine from New Zealand. Made from a blend of 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay the wine is still hand riddled and disgorged and aged for a minimun of two years on the lees. Pear, apple, lime and brioche abound in the aromatics with a fine bead and texture that add up to a wine of real finesse and tremendous length.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/26/2012  | Send Email
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A very very good choice for bubbles this holiday season! Quartz Reef are (in my humble opinion) hands down the best sparkling producer in New Zealand. This stunning Brut is made from 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay from Central Otago. The fruit is all grown Organically / Biodynamically and carefully hand picked. The wine spends a minimum of two years on the lees, after which every bottle is expertly hand riddled and disgorged. This wine is bright, fresh and pure. It shows crunchy, fresh orchard fruit with some citrus notes and a wonderfully floral, subtly toasty nose. On the palate the pedigree of the fruit is complemented by a wonderful rich and creamy texture. Excellent persistence and balance on the finish with mineral tones from the weathered granite and quartz rich soils from which the estate gets its name. Truly world class wine that performs far above its price point.
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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/16/2012  | Send Email
I had the pleasure of tasting this elegant sparkling wine with the winemaker from New Zealand, who stopped by our store recently. Having just stepped off the plane not 24 hours prior, he was still enthusiastic about presenting us this wine! Pinot Noir dominates the blend with Chardonnay, with a sweet apple and pear, a lovely leesy toastiness, hints of mineral and zippy acid in the finish. This wine is biodynamic, hand picked, and done in the traditional method- and it is HAND riddled to boot! Not many sparkling wines left in the world today can claim that! The care taken with this wine is clear- and the price makes it a steal!
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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/31/2010  | Send Email
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Carefully blended from 76% Pinot Noir and 24% Chardonnay from the estate vineyard in Bendigo, this sparking wine first captivates the eye with its pale yellow highlights, and then flamboyantly seduces the palate with tightly-polished bubbles entranced by lively citrus fruits, crisp brioche and luscious cream. An alluring, wonderfully-harmonious champenoise sparkler for an amazing price!
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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/3/2010  | Send Email
Wow! Here we have a classy, traditional method sparkling from cool-climate Central Otago that can give some competitors in Champagne a run for the money. With a complx nose of minerals and creamy lees, lemon and leesey flavors and creamy texture on the palate, and clean, refreshing acid on the finish, there is a lot to love in this bubbly. For the price, it is simply outstanding. If you are looking for an elegant sparkler to serve at a wedding reception or other large party, I highly recommend giving this a try.

By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/26/2010  | Send Email
This terrific Methode Champenoise sparkling wine from Central Otago is made from 62% Pinot Noir and the rest Chardonnay. It has fine bubbles and is as close to Champagne as you will find, for about hlf the price. I drink it at home!
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 By: Emme |  Review Date: 2/7/2012 
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This stuff is a STEAL! I first tasted this in a WSET class setting (Diploma level) and we all thought it was $40. Great depth. Moderate autolytic character (toasty, bready notes). What's good is that the fruit really contributes a lot. I thought there would be a run on the store after my class, so I bought 9 bottles. Mine, all mine. MMmm..
Drink from 2012 to 2027

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5
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