2018 Quartz Reef "Bendigo Estate Single Vineyard" Pinot Noir Central Otago

SKU #1531339 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Always intense and ripe, this has a mix of red-cherry, dark-cherry, currant and black-tea aromas with a dusting of spice and earthy, sappy aromas, as well as violets. The palate has a super fresh, layered and succulent feel with such juicy, soft and supple tannins, wrapped into a smooth framework. Vibrant finish. Inner quote mark (12/2020)

93 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Reasonably light in colour but certainly not lacking power, with dark cherry, violet, blackcurrant and spicy oak flavours supported by bright acidity and peppery tannins. A youthful wine that would benefit from bottle age. Inner quote mark (5/2020)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir is a terrific effort, marrying attractive floral and tea-like aromas with bright raspberry and cherry fruit. It's medium to full-bodied but seems lighter and fresher because the flesh is wrapped within a sleeve of crisp acids, containing and buttressing it, focusing it into a prolonged finish. Despite the warm vintage, this is impeccably balanced, with the ability to age well for a decade. (JC) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark This is one weighty mouthful of silken wine. Ripe, sweet red cherry and almond fruit provide the fragrance from start to finish. The naturally abundant tannins of the Bendigo subregion are here, but they are resolved, acting as a powdery adhesive that coats the mouth. There is enough gentle acidity to keep things moving, though also the merest hint of warmth from the 14% alcohol. You can expect plentiful concentration of fruit and a lengthy, red-cherry-infused finish. (RG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

K&L Notes

#70 on James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of New Zealand 2021 *Biodynamic* *Organic*


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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/22/2021 | Send Email
Rudi Bauer is something of a legend in Central Otago. After earning degrees in viticulture and enology in Austria, Rudi landed in New Zealand in the early 1980s, when you could count the number of wineries in Central Otago on one hand. After becoming the winemaker at Rippon, Rudi spent the next decade elevating their wines and building Rippon into a globally recognized Pinot Noir producer, perhaps the best in all of New Zealand. In 1996, Rudi purchased a vineyard on an ancient, decomposed quartz reef bed in the heart of Central Otago’s Bendigo sub-region. Rudi continues to set the bar for exceptional, hand-crafted, biodynamic Pinot Noir in Otago. His 2018 Quartz Reef Pinot Noir is an excellent example of what Central Otago Pinot Noir is all about. On the nose, intense cherry liqueur and cranberry compote mingle among dried herbs and savory undertones. Scintillating acidity cracks through the palate, striking a perfect balance between the layered fruit and a lifted, medium-bodied palate. The finish is incredibly smooth with just a whisper of tannin on the finish. Undoubtedly a benchmark Pinot Noir for Central Otago and a killer value at its price.

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