2014 Quartz Reef Bendigo Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, Central Otago (750ml)

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Country: New Zealand
Region: Central Otago
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Review Score: 91BH, 90V, 90W&S
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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A relatively deeply pitched nose offers up notes of plum liqueur, dark cherry, plum and an appealing hint of spice. There is very good mid-palate concentration to the delicious and suave yet quite serious medium-bodied flavors that coat the palate with dry extract while delivering very fine depth and persistence on the reasonably well-balanced finale. This mildly warm effort should be more than capable of rewarding moderately extended cellaring.

91 points, Allen Meadows' Burghound

Bright, dark red. Crushed dark berries, pungent spices, minerals and licorice on the brooding nose. Penetrating, intense and sweet, with distinctly dark flavors of berries and minerals conveying an impression of inner-mouth energy. Displays lovely lingering perfume but needs time to expand. With its pliant but ultimately firm tannic spine, this very youthful dark-berry Central Otago Pinot has the structure to age.

90+ points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (Feb 2016)

Rudi Bauer grows this pinot noir at his 38-acre Bendigo Estate, a Demeter-certified biodynamic vineyard planted on clay, gravel and quartz. He cools the must to soak it for close to a week before the native yeasts begin fermentation, and he leaves it to macerate once they’ve finished for up to 12 days, creating a powerful red, what Miles Hunter of NYC’s Public described as an “alpha wine.” The bold extract holds clean forest-berry flavor within tannins that compress it—the wine may feel reduced, but the reduction seems to lift it. For the cellar.

90 points, Wine & Spirits (Apr 2016)