|Wine Maker||Brian Croser|
Wine lovers, a little break was needed. Work has been busy. Much wine has been consumed, but not enough are getting their write-ups. So, I think that it is time to change all that and present to you this evening a wine from an Independent wine maker in the Adelaide hills. Brian Croser’s Pinot Noir has some pretty decent Terroir with 48% of this wine coming from old vine Pinot Noir grape. The other percentages are sourced from clone cuttings located at Piccadilly and Lenswood. So this wine has some potential, as Piccadilly is one of the best locations for Pinot grapes to grow in South Australia as it is a location that geographically doesn’t get much of our harsh sun and also gets above average rainfall and lots of morning fog which allows the delicate skins of these grapes to stay cool and creates a more vegetative Pinot than what we are accustomed to in South Australia. That being said let’s look at this wine.
Colour: Cherry with dense earth core.
Aroma: Plum and red cherry, nuances of toffee, vanilla oak, tobacco and briary aromas (stems and earth) The aroma profile matches a Pinot more typical of Burgundy regions of France and not so much so to something one would necessarily describe when sampling a South Australian Pinot Noir.
Palate: Plum fruit with nuances of cherry and savoury undertones of black olive mingle with the stemmy vegetative characters which start to carry this wine into a savoury one. The fruit is not rich, but the profile of this wine like I said could be mistaken for French. I start to find myself with a wine that tastes of tomato and bully’s lashes of liquorice with a refined acid balance.
Personal Thoughts: Generally, not like your typical Australian Pinots. In terms of the palate, some of the great secondary characters of this wine really start to show through. It showcases quite cool climate qualities and not once did I think that the 14.4% alcohol volume was ever too much for this wine. It’s interesting and has the potential for developing in the bottle over time. Hats off to the man. He’s made a Pinot Noir that resembles the most famous region in the world, however you don’t pay the ridiculous prices associated with Burgundy wines.
Drink: Now to 2022
The SA Wine Guy