Wine of the Week NZ

Quartz Reef Méthode Traditionnelle 2012, Central Otago, NZD $45.50

A blend of 91% chardonnay with pinot noir. Aged in bottle on the lees for 46 months. Take care when you open it – a previous vintage emptied half its contents onto my computer while this bottle, though handled carefully, also lost perhaps half a glass of wine. I can forgive the wine for being a bit boisterous when I taste its deliciously bready/brioche and toasty flavours with suggestions of roasted nut and bran biscuit. Delightfully dry, but not austere wine with good weight and a lingering finish. (Cork)

Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view Bob’s original tasting

Alcohol: 12.5%

Ageing: now to 2020

Food: Freshly-shucked Bluff oysters garnished with a squeeze of lemon

Stockists: Quartz Reef Wines; Caro’s Wines, Auckland; Vino Fino, Canterbury (NZ); Mezzanine Wine (AU distributors)

Price Rating Map & Vintage Chart: How the wine fits in the winery’s range?


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