Australian sparkling wine enthusiasts will be pleased Croser winemaker Ella Hoban’s childhood ambitions to be prime minister were shelved in favour of creating incredible bottles of sparkling. Croser is a household name that has fuelled multiple toasts across the country, from special moments to everyday occasions, and we meet the person behind the bubbles.
“I wanted to be a heart surgeon or Australia’s first female prime minister.”
“I grew up in a family of publicans and wine was always part of family events. I remember we’d go to my uncle’s on Wednesday nights and play tennis – we’d all be eating and the parents would be sharing wines together.”
“My grandmother only drank two things: Veuve Clicquot and Petaluma Riesling – we called it Patti-luma Riesling because her name was Patricia. My grandparents owned a pub and in those days, great Australian wines were available on allocation to their pub, and they ended up with an impressive cellar. Since they died, we’ve opened a bottle from their cellar every Christmas Day.”
“I was on a gap year, about to go to Europe before I started an art-science double-degree. I was wondering, ‘What on earth am I going to do with my life?’ I was having a glass of wine, flicking through a careers book and saw a viticulture and oenology degree and thought ‘that sounds like a good time’ – and I got lucky from picking something that just felt right.”
“I’ve made white wine and sparkling throughout my career, but looking back I can see that I was always destined to pursue sparkling. I love that it’s quite a complex process. A table wine has one fermentation, whereas once we get sparkling into a bottle, you have a second round of fermentation. For me, there’s something really special about how sparkling wines change depending on how long you leave them on lees [the process of letting sparkling wines mature with yeast from secondary fermentation] and I love to drink sparkling wines because of that.”
“I’ve been really excited to see people in more recent times choose to celebrate everyday moments with sparkling wines. It’s not just for engagements and weddings and promotions – I think it’s to do with being in a post-COVID world where people want to celebrate the everyday moments of connection with family and friends. It helps that products like Croser Non Vintage are really accessible.”
Get to know the Croser range of great-tasting sparkling wines made in the Adelaide Hills.
Croser Vintage Sparkling: Wild strawberry with buttery nectarine, citrus and biscotti hints, this elegant, fine-structured bottle is a perfect pour with natural oysters.
Croser Blanc de Blancs: “Bright, fresh grapefruit mix with subtle cashew and pastry flavours, to create an elegant, textured sparkling that perfectly matches a cheese board or roast chicken.
Products featured are available from 11/10/23 to 14/11/23, while stocks last. Some products or varieties featured may not be available in all stores.