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
"Good mousse; naturally, Traditional Method, a 66/34 blend; has quite rich and complex bready characters; the balance and length are both good."Rating 94 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (AUG/2011)
"Aperitif style, two years on lees before disgorgement, bready notes on the nose, bright and breezy, red berry and citrus fruit, brilliant bubbles, lovely poise and a creamy finish."Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury (DEC/2011)
Planted by Brian Croser in 1979, these vines provide the subtleties and depth of flavour synonymous with this producer. Always elegant and showcasing a variety of delicate characteristics, the Croser label is firmly established as a stalwart of consistent, quality production. Todd Rumble, Village News (NOV/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2008 vintage followed on from 2007 with warm to hot weather and heatwaves making it a fast and fruious vintage. The heat summation of the growing period from October thorough April was 1245C versus the long term average of 1176C. A warmer then average spring and no significant rainfall meant an early budburst for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines.
Handpicked bunches were chilled for 48 hours in small trays before whole bunch pressing extracting the delicate heart run juice of the grapes. The juice was fermented in a selection of old Vosges barriques with Petaluma's own selected yeast strain prior to a partial malolactic femerntation. Blending took place in October with selected parcels of base wines 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay.
After 2 years on yeast lees the 2008 Crose was disgorged with a dosage of 7gpl residual sugar.
Medals & Trophies
Trophy - South Australian Wine of the Year 2011