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Live podcast “Cork Talk” with Tim Atkins MW

Author: Tim Atkin
Source: Tim Atkin MW
Date: Oct 2021

Listen to Brian’s live podcast “Cork Talk” with Tim Atkins MW on Brian’s thoughts about Australian fine wine and the future of fine wine world:

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2XSErrxRTCziVWJziLbmjw?si=57ErAnmzQRmdN3oUGtzt-A

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Croser reflects on 40 years of industry politics – and nothing much has changed!

Author: Brian Croser
Source: WBM
Date: Sep 2021

On September 30 I retire by decree, as a director of Wine Australia after an eventful seven years including three quite different iterations of the board and two chairpersons, not counting an interim chairperson.

I am the only soldier left standing from the initial board of Wine Australia, beginning as an amalgamation of the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation and the Australian Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation in July 2014.

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The Life of Brian

Author: Anthony Madigan
Source: WBM
Date: Sep 2021

We can never know About tomorrow Still we have to choose Which way to go

You and I are standing At the crossroads Darling, there is one thing You should know

When I joined a wine publishing house 21 years ago my boss Paul Clancy gave me his old tuxedo for all those dinners he didn’t want to go to,

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The New Normal: Winemaking in the COVID environment

Author: Brian Croser
Source: The Buyer
Date: Aug 2021

Describing himself humbly as a ‘single vineyard vigneron’, others in the wine trade might call Tapanappa’s Brian Croser ‘a vine and wine visionary’ or ‘innovator’. In a career that has spanned more than 50 years he has arguably done more than anyone to shape the Australian wine industry – a true trailblazer, mentor and industry leader.

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Tiers Has A Hip Replacement

Author: Brian Croser
Source:
Date: Jul 2021

The Tiers Vineyard Old Block in the Piccadilly Valley is 41 years old, planted in 1980.

The oldest planting at The Tiers was planted the year before in 1979 and was pulled out in 2003 to make way for the new Tiers 1.5m planting of Dijon clones on rootstock at the high vine density of 1.5 metres between rows and 1.5m metres between vines in the row (4,444 vines/hectare).

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South Australia 2021 – near perfect

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: May 2021

Brian Croser reports on the 2021 vintage, which he describes as ‘perfection in a sea of uncertainty’.

In South Australia we have just completed one of the very best vintages of my 51-vintage career.

Against a background of global social tumult, roiling sickness and death in India and other developing nations,

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The Master Winemaker 100: Brian Croser [Tapanappa Wines]

Author: Arabella Mileham
Source: The Drinks Business
Date: Aug 2020

Earlier this year, The drinks business published a guide celebrating the talent of the winemakers who have scooped the highest accolade of our Global Masters tasting series, which is judged almost exclusively by MWs. Each week we profile the winemakers behind these medal winning wines – the creatives, scientists, mavericks and dreamers who are at the pinnacle of winemaking.

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From an Australian optimist

Author: Jancis Robinson
Source: Jancis Robinson
Date: Aug 2020

In the spring an old man’s fancy lightly turns to cheering us all up. Brian Croser ruminates in the Adelaide Hills.

The annual cycle turns regardless of drought, bushfires and COVID- 19. The wattles are in full blossom, the jonquils and daffodils are flowering, the magnolia and almond blossoms are just emerging and we are pruning Tiers Vineyard.

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A Fighter For Fine Wine

Author: Margaret Rand
Source: The World of Fine Wine
Date: Jun 2020

There have been few more influential figures in the modern history of Australian wine than Brian Croser.

“I always had the conviction that Australia’s national geographical attributes, climate and soils, its very stable temperate climate on the edge of the Great Southern Ocean, gives a climate the equivalent of 40-45 degrees North. We should be a major supplier of fine wine to the globe.

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Looking back at Australian Chardonnay

Author: Jancis Robinson
Source: Jancis Robinson
Date: May 2020

I think it was Xavier Bizot who had the idea of celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the planting of the Tiers vineyard in the Adelaide Hills in 1979.

He is the son-in-law of Brian Croser, who initially planted the vines for his nascent Petaluma wine operation. Much wine has flowed under the bridge since then,

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2020 Vintage Report – Unforgettable

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: May 2020

Note this report was also published at https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/south-australia-2020-unforgettable

Last time I wrote about the emerging 2020 vintage I was branded ‘a denier’, ‘a dinosaur’ and ‘an angry old white man with a tin ear’, among other compliments. Let me begin this final version with a disclaimer: A hotter and drier future cannot be denied or avoided and each of us can and should do our utmost to mitigate that.

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THE TIERS VINEYARD TURNS 40. HERE IS A WHOLE LOTTA CHARDONNAY TO CELEBRATE

Author: Andrew Graham
Source: Oz Wine Review
Date: Mar 2020

I’m in cleanup mode at the moment, sifting through the (physical) sample pile and my (digital) notes to tidy things up Kondo-style.

While it’s cathartic to delete some half-baked stories written late at night, I’ve discovered some unpublished gems too – just like this set of notes from the Tapanappa Tiers vineyard 40th birthday event held last year in the Adelaide Hills.

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Croser Celebrates

Author:
Source: Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine
Date: Mar 2020

Huon Hooke – Cheers to Tiers

Author: Huon Hooke
Source: Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine
Date: Mar 2020

‘Be-Calmed’ – Brian Croser iterates his thoughts on the 2020 Australian Vintage

Author: Brian Croser
Source: WBM
Date: Feb 2020

Leading winemaker Brian Croser AO shared his thoughts on smoke taint and the 2020 vintage in an article on the ABC website last week. Several people on social media criticised Brian for some of the things he said in that story. He was even branded a ‘dinosaur’. Here Brian iterates his thoughts on #V20.

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2019 Vintage Report – Small, Dry and Moderate

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: May 2019

The description of the 2019 harvest is worthy of a politician or two.

The most startling aspect of the 2019 vintage in the Piccadilly Valley and to a lesser extent Wrattonbully, is the very low yield. Foggy Hill on the Fleurieu Peninsula yielded to expectation.

The low yield in the Piccadilly Valley was mainly because of the cold,

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2015 Fleurieu Pinot delivers Gold… again

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: Jul 2018

The 2015 Fleurieu Peninsula Pinot Noir has once again picked up a gold at the Drinks Business, 2018 Global Pinot Noir Masters. Further raising questions over Brian’s decision to declassify this wine! In his summary of the competition Patrick Schmitt MW noted:

Once the wines surpassed the £20 mark, as one would expect,

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Book Review: Wine and Place

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Jancis Robinson
Date: Jul 2018

This book review by Brian first appeared on JancisRobinson.com here: https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/wine-and-place-book-review

Wine and Place – A terroir reader
Tim Patterson and John Buechsenstein
University of California Press
ISBN 9780520277007
$39.95

This book is the story of my life.

For a book that starts out by declaiming that it is not written to be read in one session,

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The Story of a Chardonnay Clone

Author:
Source:
Date: Jul 2018

4 August 2020 See this update. It transpires that Gingin, Mendoza and OF are in fact three different clones of Chardonnay, albeit from the same block in California.

6 November 2018 See also Chardonnay clones updated.

30 July 2018 

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A Small Boast

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: May 2018

Being in the fine wine growing and making business is deeply personal.

I have spent 40 years choosing distinguished vineyard sites, planting them with the right variety, refining the viticulture and the winemaking and enduring the swings and roundabouts of the third party critical assessment of the wines. Like any parent I take offense when my wines (aka my alternative children) don’t achieve the points and accolades I think they deserve.

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2018 Vintage Report – Another hot one

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: May 2018

I am over above average temperature vintages.

One of the great paradoxes of winemaking is that to make the best wines from our established suite of noble varieties, choose a cool region, look for the warmest site in the region and hope for vintages that are above average in temperature.

The best wines from cool regions are made in the vintages that are warmer and drier than average.

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In a Good Place

Author: Nick Ryan
Source: WBM
Date: Feb 2018

Brian Croser reflects on the pioneering days, politics, wine industry leadership and the next generation.

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2017 Vintage Report by Brian Croser

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: Jun 2017

A CONTRADICTORY VINTAGE

2017 vintage was very late in each of Tapanappa’s 3 distinguished sites. The single outstanding feature of the 2017 vintage was that each of the phenological events of the vine’s growing season was delayed by 2 to 3 weeks compared to the average.

The wonderful feature of a delayed harvest is that the grapes undergo the heat sensitive final accumulation of aroma,

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2016 Vintage Report – An extraordinary Vintage

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: May 2016

The final barriques of 2016 vintage wines have been filled awaiting the finish of malo-lactic fermentation. In our vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley, at Parawa, on the Fleurieu Peninsula and at Wrattonbully it has been an abundant vintage of full flavoured ripe fruit wines, the reds displaying bright, intense colours.

2016 vintage was dry,

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