Brian Croser AO

Brian Croser has been an innovator in the Australian wine industry for more than 40 years.

Educated at the University of Adelaide, where he was later Deputy Chancellor for eight years, and at the University of California at Davis, Brian was involved in establishing the Charles Sturt Wine Science degree in Wagga Wagga as well as many of the major Australian wine industry institutions through the 1970s and ‘80s.

Brian and Ann Croser began Petaluma in 1976 and set about exactingly matching varieties to regions and meticulously managing for 27 years the vines in Petaluma’s “Distinguished Site” vineyards in Clare, the Adelaide Hills and at Coonawarra.

Considered one of Australia’s leading exponents of terroir-driven wines, he pioneered the development of the Adelaide Hills viticultural region, planting Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and establishing the Petaluma winery in the Piccadilly Valley from 1978. This was followed by Shiraz and Viognier at Mt Barker from the early ’90s.

In the mid 1980’s the purchase and renovation of the historic Bridgewater Mill provided a home for “Croser”, the eponymous premium sparkling wine made from fruit from the Piccadilly Valley, first released in 1987.

During that period, he also established, with Rollin Soles, Argyle winery in Oregon in 1985, then later the Tunkalilla Vineyard, a Riesling and Pinot Noir vineyard in the Eola Hills just north of Salem in Oregon.

Accolades

He has been the President of the Winemakers Federation of Australia, a founding board member of Wine Australia, the Chairman of Adelaide, Sydney, Canberra (The National) and Perth wine shows and has received numerous awards for service to the Australian wine industry including the prestigious Maurice O’Shea award, an Honorary Doctorate from Charles Sturt University and a Doctor of the University of Adelaide in July of 2007.

In 2004 Brian was named “Man of the Year” by Decanter magazine. He also has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to research and education and for service to the Australian wine industry.

Brian loves to write, informed by his passion for his profession and is often published in leading global wine publications.

Brian's Musings

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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Family Affair

Author: Des Houghton
Source: Courier Mail
Date: Oct 2015

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard at Wrattonbully, in South Australia, is less than an hour from the ocean and has more maritime influences than you can imagine.
The bones of a 37 million- year-old whale were found to be supporting the roof of an underground cave chock- full of ancient archaeological charms that have aroused scientists,

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Making our drops hot – The Australian 5/08/2015

Author: Will Lyons
Source: The Australian
Date: Aug 2015

The following article featured in The Australian 5/08/2015

Brian Croser says the future of Australia’s fine wine lies in the country’s cool-climate areas

WILL LYONS

Can you name the world’s great fine-wine regions? This wine con- noisseurs’ parlour game usually ends up in a heated discussion of the merits of,

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2015 Vintage Report

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: Jul 2015

2015 was a special vintage for me, the first back in the winery that I built as the Petaluma Winery now the Tapanappa Winery, since I resigned as Petaluma’s winemaker after the 2005 vintage. The first vintage in the fledgling winery was 1979 and it has just completed its 37th vintage in a wonderfully functional way.

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Brisbane Dinner with Brian

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: Jul 2015

Tapanappa in conjunction with The Wine Emporium and Lutèce Bistro are hosting a wine dinner in Brisbane on Tuesday 25th August. A great chance to see each of our single vineyard wines alongside French counterparts.

See attached flyer for more information, for reservations call Lutèce on 07 31611858 or email bookings@lutece.com.au

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The Anatomy Of The 2014 Vintage

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: May 2014

Curious things happen in vineyards as the season unfolds and almost none more curious than in lead-up the 2014 vintage. The apparently ideal conditions of the winter leading into the 2014 vintage unexpectedly threw up a miserable quantity of grapes albeit of very good quality.

Tapanappa’s 3 terroirs, Tiers in the Piccadilly Valley,

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The Noble House of Carmenet

Author: Brian Croser
Source: Tapanappa
Date: Jan 2014

This paper was presented by Brian at a conference in London, January 2014.

THE NOBLE HOUSE OF CARMENET.
INTRODUCTION

Carmenet is an old Medoc synonym for Cabernet Franc.

It is also the name given to the Bordeaux family of wine-grape varieties by Levadoux in 1948 in his classification of France’s ampelographical assemblage into eco-georoups,

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The Wine Detective looks at Wrattonbully

Author: Sarah Ahmed
Source: The Wine Detective
Date: Jan 2014

As part of her Limestone Coast regional tour, Sarah Ahmed has produced a detailed article on the geology and associated wines of the Wrattonbully region, including a look at our unique Whalebone Vineyard. Read the full article here: http://www.thewinedetective.co.uk/blog/australia/the-limestone-coast-par…

As part of this she reviewed both our 2009 Whalbone wines as follows.

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On industry leadership (cont.)

Author: Brian Croser
Source: WBM Magazine
Date: Dec 2013

The following letter was published in WBM Magazine’s weekly newsletter on 29th, November 2013.

After a decade of being deliberately agnostic about the Australian wine community’s political processes, my frustration at the continuing bad news story that the Australian wine community hierarchy conspires for itself, boiled over in an essay I wrote,

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