4.5 STARS | Michael Cooper
Loop Road is the more affordable, drink now brand for Central Otago pioneer Rudi Bauer - the legendary driving force behind Quartz Reef and the Godfather of Central's burgeoning Pinot Noir industry.
This is bright, fresh and vibrant wine with largely seasoned oak framing a palate of red fruits with surprising structure and presence for a wine in this price band. A charming wine showing spirited fruit intensity, luscious flavours and a hint of spice rounded up with fine tannins. Very solid effort from the Quartz Reef team. Recommended.
Michael Cooper writes "From Quartz Reef, the 2021 vintage is certified organic. Full, bright ruby, it is mouthfilling, ripe and savoury, with excellent depth of cherry, plum and spice flavours, a hint of herbs, a gentle seasoning of nutty oak, and supple tannins. Enjoyable from the start, it's also well worth cellaring. Fine value."
The winery writes "Inviting with aromas of Dawson cherry, blueberry and fine notes of thyme. Sweet fruit, spirited acidity and lush flavours rounded up with soft tannins."