|Woodhenge is about big ideas, in the manner of cyclopean fences built by Australia's early settlers. A wine of great elemental sculpture, the assemblage of individual vineyard and sub-regional characteristics is the key to success of the style. Wirra Wirra»|
|David O'Leary and Nick Walker have amassed hundreds of gold medals and trophies between them, including the prestigious Jimmy Watson. A shared confidence in the quality of Clare Valley fruit was the catalyst for them to establish their own winery. OLeary Walker»|
|Daniel James Wilson would write DJW rules on school book covers, desks, garden edgings and wet concrete whenever the opportunity arose. In 1997 DJW established a small 5½ acre plot of Riesling in the highest and most fertile corner of the family property. Wilson Vineyard»|
|Blue Pyrenees were established through a no expense spared approach, by two of the wine world's most revered, accomplished and resourced estates. A superior standard of viticulture and exacting vinification techniques were the priority, they remain at the very core of the Blue Pyrenees raison d'être. Blue Pyrenees»|
|Frank Potts established the Bleasdale vineyards in 1850, his eponymously labelled wine commemorates a legacy of innovation and resourcefulness. Frank Potts is a Bordeaux styled Cabernet which may contain varying portions of Malbec or Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc or Merlot depending on the performance of vintage. Bleasdale»|
|What makes a great vintage for Hunter Valley Semillon? Most would say one without flooding rain, ravaging fires or devastating drought. While this is certainly important, balance in the wine reigns supreme. Brokenwood»|
|A passionate, family owned and operated winery who've been rewarded with highly coveted Royal Melbourne Gold for their impressive Langhorne Creek reds. Temple Bruer have been waving the magic wand with their brilliant efforts at Merlot, scoring further medals at the Small Winemakers and Rutherglen Wine Shows. Temple Bruer»|
|Steeped in history, the original Baileys store was situated next door to the Glenrowan Inn where widow Jones hosted Ned Kelly's siege. Following the gold rush, the Baileys turned to farming and settled on a property which they named Bundarra. Baileys Glenrowan»|
|A compilation of the finest parcels Chardonnay available to the Brown Brothers winemaking team, hand picked and whole bunch pressed into a selection of seasoned and new French oak barriques for a rich course of ferments and completion of full malolactic, a year's maturation and the luxury of regular lees stirring battonage for textural opulence and intriguing complexity. Stone fruits and cashew, citrus and pear, elegant with crystalline minerality and struck match complexity, a long lingering palate, structured and seamless, resplendent and refined. Brown Brothers»|
|Following a visit to France where he studied the ancient pastoral practices of breeding the world's best chickens, Adam Marks gained the inspiration to create great Australian wines in the very same manner, adopting an artisanal approach to production, employing traditional, age old methods. Gold Label is the flagship Shiraz by one of Victoria's most adroit, small batch producers. Bress»|
|Blackjack has claimed the eminent M.Chapoutier Trophy for Best Shiraz at the prestigious Le Concours des Vinson on no fewer than three occasions. Block 6 is a superior parcel of distinguished vines, renowned within the Bendigo district for producing a very high quality, intensely fruit driven Shiraz. Blackjack»|
|A mostly Cabernet wine with a tenth of Merlot, a jot of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, representing almost a third of Hollick's annual production. Previous vintages of Tannery Block have won numerous prestigious awards, including the pre-eminent Jimmy Watson, Robert Bryce and Arthur Kelman Trophies. Hollick»|
Situated in the heart of the Central Otago wine region, Quartz Reef produces and specialises in premium sparkling wine, pinot gris and pinot noir
Central Otago is New Zealand's youngest and most dynamic wine region. Quartz Reef's first release was in 1998, and in this short period the estate has already gained international recognition. The 'c' on the Quartz Reef label stands for Chauvet and the 'b' stands for Bauer. These elements embody the South Pacific influence, and the blue wave represents Lake Dunstan. Clotilde Chauvet, Rudi Bauer, Trevor Scott and John Perriam are principal partners.
Bendigo is a new viticultural sub-region of Central Otago. The largest quartz reef deposit in New Zealand lies beneath the vines at Bendigo Station. From 1862 the historic town of Bendigo was mined. Today, the sun-drenched north facing slopes are set to become famous again - for the production of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chauvet - the methode traditionnelle of Quartz Reef. The north-sloping Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Vineyard released it's first single vineyard vintage to rapturous reviews. There are currently 15ha under cultivation.
Quartz Reef applies the proven winemaking talents of Austrian-born Rudi Bauer, who continues to enjoy and explore the Pinot Noir's many dimensions, and the convergence of the old and the new wine worlds. Rudi Bauer arrived in New Zealand in 1985, after gaining degrees in Austria and Germany, in both viticulture and winemaking. He worked at Misson, Rippon and Giesen (doing vintages in his off-seasons in California and Oregon), before forming Quartz Reef in 1996 with Clotilde and their partners.
Clotilde Chauvet made the first bottle-fermented sparkling wine in Central Otago at Rippon Vineyard in Wanaka, where she succeeded Rudi as winemaker. The Chauvet family has been making Champagne since 1529 - her wealth of experience is reflected in the Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle.
Rudi describes Quartz Reef as reflecting the old and the new - the history in the region and in the 400 years of winemaking by the Chauvet family, whose confidence that the region could produce excellent sparkling wine was the foundation for the venture. He has produced a number of medal and trophy-winning wines over the years and was named Champion Winemaker of the Year in 1999 at the Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand Easter Wine Show.
"Salzburg-born Rudi Bauer is one of the most respected winemakers in Central Otago, having worked at Mission and Rippon amongst others before forming Quartz Reef in 1996 with Clotilde Chauvet from Champagne and Trevor Scott. They cultivate 15 hectares of Pinot Noir using multifarious rootstock and clone variations upon north-facing slopes of quartz deposits in Bendigo with supplementary fruit sourced from Central Otago!" -eRobertparker.com, "This is more like it. Structure and fruit, varietal integrity, fragrance, life in the mouth and a sound, grapey, grape-tannin fuelled finish. Very cleverly put together. Classy wine. Good now and later. A quality pinot noir, in world terms!" -Winefront.com.au
"It is now well established that Central Otago is producing outstanding pinot noirs, with Quartz Reef being no exception. Still, there is no doubt in Rudi's mind that to produce great pinot noir will take time. We are looking forward to the exciting journey to learn more about pinot noir, the expression of the vines and the development in the bottle. One of the Top 10 New Zealand Producers!" -Atkin On The Case