Croser appear to be committed to creating a classic, elite Australian Champagne [oops sparkling] in the Brut style.It is extremly limited, virtually extinct, i would imagine in this vintage. All bottles are individually numbered [seemingly to 5000].The succeeding vintage [ 1997] has now been named ,the 'Proprietor's Reserve'.
With a kind of almost appropriate irony, a few of us had the opportunity of sampling this gem with the[Proprietor] Lord & Master of Cellarit himself,Mr Scott Witt,& his totally gorgeous wife Merril.The Croser was a great start to the evening.
The verdict was unanimous,-very impressive. A worthy challenger to all but a very few, elite, Non-Vintage french champagnes[Krug,Bollinger,Billicart,maybe Roederer.].Definitly superior to the run of the mill NV,s.
Whilst there are subtle differences in the character,& perhaps in style,[to french NVs] the quality is there.Croser is characterised by it's subtle elegance,softness,fine bead,great length,restrained dryness,& wonderfully clean finish.Even at 10 years it has a terrifically youthful sense in itself,like a young lean athlete,powerful though subtle,energetic yet controlled.The colour is still very pale ,indicating the potential for decades of further development.
As my favorite Australian champagne,I still prefer Clover Hill Blanc De Blanc[ 100% Chardonay], however that is obviously a varietal thing.
A most satisfying aspect, is that I now possess an all Australian weapon ,with which to terrorise wine snob mates,& aquantences,who insist they "only drink french"!!!. Seriously though, no one need have any apprehension of gifting this athletic aussie in preference to a flacid, fat & even flatulent french NV!!!.
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