Quartz Reef Pinot Noir

I am continually surprised by the leap in Central Otago pinot noir when the vines reach twelve years of age. There is no question that Quartz Reef”s 2010s are its finest pinots yet. In digging deeper, I discovered that Rudi Bauer planted his vines in Bendigo in 1998. The magic number twelve works its marvels in this wonderfully exotic style of mixed spice, focused red berries, lifted rose bud fragrance and fine, mineral tannin structure. $42 at Gray’s Online.