A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Croser is a refined, aperitif style that is a reflection of the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills. The palate is richly textured with a wonderfully fine and creamy bead, a Croser hallmark.
- SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
- South Australia
"One of the finest vintages of Croser to date, this is a fresh, pure sparkling wine with a hint of rose petal perfume on the bouquet and a beautifully clean primary lemon fruit palate. A fine bead and a long finish complete a refreshing aperitif style."Rating 94 - Tyson Stelzer, WBM (01/Nov/2009)
Rating 90 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion Edition 2011
"Savoury brioche with some boiled lolly-like character on the nose. Rich and fat with a cheesy influence. Honey, buttery, roast nut aromas with what was considered to be borderline volatility. A strong, broad palate with sweet and sour flavours of green strawberry and salty. old oak, somewhat lacking in elegance but enjoyed nonetheless." Ed Carr & Sue Bastian, Australian & New Zealand Wine Industry Journal (01/Jun/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay.
During the 2007 growing season, climatic factors contributed to an earlier budburst in the now 25 year old Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines by three weeks. The crop was small, intense, of exceptional quality and picked some four weeks earlier than average in late February. The preordained harvest seemed typical of the season in most regions around the country.
Handpicked bunches were chilled in trays for 48 hours before being loaded and gently whole bunch pressed extracting the delicate heart run juice for Croser. This juice was settled then racked prior to being fermented in old Vosges barriques with Petaluma’s own selected yeast strains for 2 to 3 months, prior to inoculation with Petaluma’s malolactic bacteria, used to soften the high acid wines.
After an average of two years on yeast lees the 2007 Croser was disgorged with a dosage of 7gpl residual sugar. The season reflects a sparkling that is approachable upon release but by retains its typical aperitif style.