Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Single Vineyard NV Brut, Central Otago, New Zealand


Varietal composition: 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay
Hand-picked: 2012/03/20-2012/03/24
Vineyard: Bendigo Estate Vineyard (Demeter biodynamic certified)
Alcohol: 12.5%
Sugar: 8.0 g/l
Total acidity: 6.8 g/l
pH: 3.09

From the Winery:
Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle is a wine of distinction, made in the traditional method to achieve elegance and finesse.  Focused, fresh and crisp with beautiful balance and length

My Tasting Notes:
I tasted the Quartz Reef Brut at a New Zealand Bubbly and Chardonnay promotion. These sparkling and Chardonnay wines were chosen by an astute panel of industry experts in New Zealand to help showcase the best of the best wines for each category.

The Brut was tasted with five other vintage and non-vintage sparkling wines. This is a balanced sparkling wine with baked-bread and apple aromas and apple and lime on the palate. There are enough bubbles that offer a creamy mouth feel and this Brut once again reminds me of quality French Champagne. The wine is good enough to drink on its own but best paired with a creamy, soft blue cheese on toasted baguette, west coast oysters on the half-shell and caviar. Drink now – 2020

My Impression: 91-Points

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Tasted on May 14th, 2015

Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle NV Bottle