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Central Otago's Quartz Reef winery,
spearheaded by talented winemaker Austrian
born Rudi Bauer, is the official sparkling wine
partner for both the Festival of Colour and
For over two decades Rudi and his team have
been dedicated to producing award-winning
wine varieties of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and
Pinot Chardonnay Methode Traditionelle.
The Quartz Reef cellar door in Cromwell
welcomes visitors from all over the world keen
to sample and experience the wines that have
such a prominent profile.
Quartz Reef sales manager Lianne Collins says
their Methode Traditionelle Vintage, known for
its elegance and balance, is ideal for special
events in the region.
"Our longstanding partnership with the
Festival of Colour and Aspiring Conversations
continues to build momentum. As the official
sparkling wine of the festival we feel privileged
to be part of this local Central Otago celebration
of the arts.
In what could be seen
as a 'tip of the cap'
to Central Otago's
reputation for Pinot
Noir the winemaker
at one of Burgundy's
François Millet from
Domaine Georges de
Vogüé in the village of
is in the region again
this year to make his
second vintage from
grapes grown locally.
François joined de Vogüé as oenologist in 1976,
coincidentally the year a couple of us in Central Otago
were producing our first experimental wines. Thirty
years on, the man who makes wine from legendary
grand cru vineyards such as Bonnes Mares and Musigny
in France, now crafts his own wine from a small parcel of
grapes from the Prophet's Rock vineyard high up in the
hills at Bendigo.
With its origins dating back 500 years the great
Burgundan Domaine represents the massive gap in
winemaking history and tradition that separates the
French region from the brash young winegrowing
upstart in New Zealand. Yet such is the shared passion
for the grape variety know as Pinot Noir, the two regions
are developing a mutual respect and growing ties.
The story of the collaboration between François and
Prophet's Rock is a good example. After finishing his
training in Central young Kiwi winemaker Paul Pujol
went on a six year winemaking odyssey to Oregon USA
and the French regions of the Languedoc, Sancerre and
Alsace. At Maison Kuentz-Bas in Alsace he became the
first non-family winemaker since the prestigious house
was founded in 1795.
He brought his passion for the wines of Burgundy (Pinot
Noir) and Alsace (Riesling and Pinot Gris), back to New
Zealand where he joined the young Prophet's Rock label
and in 2009 was invited to return to Europe to work
vintage at de Vogüé under François.
"François liked the wines he tried from Prophet's Rock
and his son Julien came out to work vintage here in
" says Paul. "François and his wife Michelle visited
the region twice that year and we started planning
the project that saw him make his first wine from our
vineyard in 2015.
It's a romantic, hands across the wine world story
reflecting the growing ties and respect between the two
regions. But what are the practical things that attracted
someone like François Millet to Central Otago?
"Climatically we are both in slightly marginal, cool
climates with significant vintage variation -- Pinot Noir
seems to like life on the fringe,
" says Paul. "Land holdings
and producers in both regions also seem to be on the
small side with a majority of family owned estates.
This is a personal project for François and not linked
to the Domaine de Vogüé. He spends two weeks in
Central Otago over harvest and returns during the
élevage (finishing and bottling). The resulting wine will
be released as a separate cuvée under the Prophet's Rock
brand but with his chosen name label design.
François was a guest at the Central Otago Pinot Noir
Celebration in February this year. Like many of his
confreres in Burgundy he shares his experience and
knowledge with dignity and humility. Like Paul Pujol I
believe it is significant for Central Otago that someone
of François Millet's standing and experience has not
only taken an interest in our region but has actually put
himself on the line and made wine here.
HIGH PROFILE BURGUNDY WINEMAKER
ENDORSES CENTRAL OTAGO
WINE PRODUCER AND WINE
WRITER ALAN BRADY
Francois Millet (left) and Paul Pujol at Prophet Rock winery
Billie Jean Quartz Reef Winery dog boss
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