One of his earlier stints as a winemaker was making the first three vintages of Rippon, which, in retrospect, is quite monumental. He's made wines for several wineries, but in the back of his mind he's always had a dream of his own. In 1996 he founded Quartz Reef and has steadfastly poured his energies into his own vineyards.
The last few decades in Central Otago have been a whirlwind of new plantings, trials and errors, and thought exchange. But the dust seems to be settling with a few clear shining stars who picked incredible vineyard sites leading the way. The pieces are all falling into place now. As his own vineyards approach maturity, we are really starting to see what can happen at Quartz Reef. Rudi likens his plots of land to orchestra members; some blocks have revealed themselves to be high notes, others express themselves as bass notes; each block ferment has its role to play in the final blends.
Which vineyard blocks are his star plots? "Every year we select the ferment we like the best, but there has been no consistency." It's nice to keep an open mind about your property, and really listen to which plots sing in different years.