Quartz Reef in Central Otago is another winery that has taken to biodynamics, and the results again are good. This pinot noir is from the Central Otago subregion of Bendigo, the grapes are handpicked and the vine density is admirable at 5000 to 8000 plants per hectare. Bendigo is warmer than the Gibbston subregion, which was the source of the Valli wine I reviewed yesterday. I find myself drawn to wanting to learn more about these Central Otago subregions.
There is a restraint and poise in Quartz Reef’s 2012 pinot noir that is attractive. The wine again diverges from my earlier memories of pinot noir from Central Otago. The aromatics remind of plum and new season red cherries that are not quite ripe yet. The palate has medium length, maybe more, and the cherry flavours continue. Overall, this is an attractive wine and certainly achieves balance in the glass.