Named after New Zealand’s largest quartz deposit that lies beneath our vineyards at Bendigo Station, Quartz Reef has become the vessel for what winemaker Rudi Bauer calls - his search to make wines which exhibit “a symphony of flavours” that “capture attention and entertain so that you forget everything else”.
Split between two vineyards, Quartz Reef has 30 hectares cultivated within the Central Otago sub-region of Bendigo.
The principal Bendigo Estate Vineyard site is a 15 hectare north facing slope comprising arid clay, fine gravel and quartz soils. Originally planted to Pinot Noir (clone 10/5, 5, 115, 667, 777 & Abel) with a planting density of between 5-8,000 vines per hectare, the site also holds Pinot Gris (clone Mission, GM 2-15, GM 2-21) and Chardonnay (clone 15, 2-23 & B95) on various rootstocks. Both varietals are planted with a density of between 3,500-5,000 vines per hectare.
A small planting of Gruner Veltliner was planted in 2008.