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Quartz Reef "Methode Traditionelle" Brut Central Otago

SKU #1051640 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Redolent of toasted brioche and rising bread, the 2012 Methode Traditionelle offers complex, yeast-driven aromas that complement the subtle nut and citrus notes. It's a medium-bodied blend of 91% Chardonnay and only 9% Pinot Noir, showcasing the crisp, citrusy notes of an aged blanc de blancs after 46 months on the lees. It tastes richer than it does weighty, juxtaposing creamy, nutty notes against an elegant bead and sensation of lightness. I'd expect it to age gracefully under cork, gradually gaining weight and additional toasty-nutty dimensions. (JC) Inner quote mark (2/2018)

93 points Sam Kim

Outer quote mark A beautifully styled and composed methode, the inviting bouquet shows white stone fruit, lemon peel and apple blossom characters with subtle yeasty complexity. The palate is finely textured and brightly flavoured with pristine fruit flavours together with zesty acidity, wonderfully framed by creamy mouthfeel. Inner quote mark (8/2018)

92 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark A blend of Pinot Noir (65%) and Chardonnay that has spent at least 24 months in bottle before being disgorged. The Pinot Noir component gives the wine richness and body while the Chardonnay contributes toastiness and a racy acidity. Attractive and quite elegant Methode with freshness and energy. Inner quote mark (9/2014)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A masterful sparkling with abundantly fresh nectarine, white peach and lemon citrus. The palate swings more into grapefruit territory and holds a neat, fresh and zesty stance. A savoury and stony finish. Inner quote mark (11/2017)

92 points Raymond Chan

Outer quote mark Full, bright light-golden hued straw-yellow colour with a suggestion of blush, and persistent, vigorous bubbles. The bouquet is gently full with soft and delicately interwoven aromas of white and yellow fruits, lifted florals, and very fine, subtle bready autolysis, the aromatics refreshing and steely. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, tight and cutting flavours of white stonefruits are entwined with delicate yeasty autolysis notes, and build in intensity. The mouthfeel is crisp and racy, with refined effervescence. The palate follows a very subtle, dry phenolic line, carrying the wine to a long, mouthwatering, dry finish. This is an elegant, refined, refreshingly racy and dry methode traditionnelle with subtle autolysis. Serve as an aperitif over the next 3+ years. Hand-picked fruit, 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay, fermented to 12.5% alc., with 7 g/L dosage, the wine aged a minimum of 24 months on lees. Inner quote mark

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This biodynamic blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Bendigo draws you in with attractive notes of ripe red apple, pressed yellow flowers, butter, and copper penny. It hooks you on the palate with a chalky texture, tingly acidity, and long, lingering finish. Complex and food friendly yet ultra drinkable. *Editors' Choice* (CP) Inner quote mark (12/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Toast and quince notes are elegant and refined, with a delicacy to the details of dried flowers, saline, yellow apple and Meyer lemon on the finish. (MW) Inner quote mark (8/2017)

K&L Notes

*biodynamic, organic* 12.5 Abv

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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/19/2015 | Send Email
This is a great sparkling wine, showcasing the quality New Zealand is contributing to the sparkling scene. With Champagne-like chalky texture and good acidity, this wine demonstrates riper fruit, though a low dosage, with full, intense flavors. I am very impressed and look forward to sampling more New Zealand sparklers!

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/19/2015 | Send Email
The first thing to note about this crowd pleasing Brut is its beautiful biscuity aroma and focused acidity. Bright fruit pairs beautifully with the acid to offer tremendous clarity and refreshment. Fully certified as bio-dynamic in 2011, Quartz Reef is sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

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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