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Brown Brothers Patricia Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut 2010

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King Valley, Victoria, Australia

Style: Sparkling White

Varieties: Pinot Noir (80%), Chardonnay (20%)

Closure: Cork

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Brown Brothers Patricia Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut 2010

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Producer: Brown Brothers

Country: Australia

Region: King Valley

Vintage: 2010

Critic Score: 95

Alcohol: 12.5%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: Now


A remarkably rich and creamy wine with a strong, bready yeast influence and an ethereal texture - Bob Campbell MW

The Patricia wines are made in honour of the family matriarch Patricia Brown who dedicated 60 years of her life to Brown Brothers. First produced in 2003, they are Brown Brother's flagship wines and celebrate her bold and generous spirit.  

"From Brown Brothers' high altitude Whitlands Vineyard. It spent 5 years on tirage, developing its complex bouquet of lemon and brioche, the elegant and very long palate with flavours of nougat, lemon curd and almond. Skilled understatement has resulted in a wine of exceptional balance."  James Halliday

Expert reviews

"From Brown Brothers' high altitude Whitlands Vineyard (since sold to Domaine Chandon). It spent 5 years on tirage, developing its complex bouquet of lemon and brioche, the elegant and very long palate with flavours of nougat, lemon curd and almond. Skilled understatement has resulted in a wine of exceptional balance."  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion - 95 points

"Grapes from a cool, high altitude site in the King Valley were fermented to make the base wine then blended and bottle-fermented before spending five years in the yeast lees. The result is a remarkably rich and creamy wine with a strong, bready yeast influence and an ethereal texture. It's dry but seductively soft with a lingering finish. Drink 2017-2022."  Bob Campbell MW - 95 points 

The Patricia range

Brown Brothers: The Patricia range

"For 20 years we've paid homage to Patricia with the annual release of her namesake wines. To celebrate her bold and generous spirit, we released our flagship Patricia range in 2003. And just like our memory of her, these wines are distinctly unique and full of life – built upon the core family values that have been passed down through generations.

Patricia was only slight in stature, but she made up for it with her tenacious spirit. Our matriarch and driving force behind the growth, prosperity, and culture at Brown Brothers, Patricia was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Nanna was also the unofficial CEO. Hands down. She was the tea lady, the mail lady, and she welcomed everyone who visited the winery with open arms. She was the people and culture manager before roles like this even existed!"  Brown Brothers 

Patricia Brown

Brown family matriarch Patricia Brown

Ten years ago, a small, frail woman in her 88th year was ushered into the Brown Brothers boardroom, where members of the board and the large Brown winemaking family had a plan to share with her.

John Graham Brown (all the Brown men with John as a first name - and there have been many - are called by their first two given names) says the idea was raised by his daughter Cynthia, the first woman to be born into the Brown family in 66 years.

''Mum,'' he said, ''we'd like to name a range of wines after you.''

His mother stood still, then a tear started to rise. ''Well, boys, it better be bloody good,'' she said. John Graham Brown was momentarily gobsmacked - his mother never swore. But thus the Patricia range was born, devoted to ''bloody good wines'' with Patricia Brown's strong scrawl of a signature across the front label of every bottle.

Pat Brown and her husband, John Charles Brown, died within the year. The brand has notched up 10 years.

Not all of the first Patricia releases survived. The merlot lasted just a couple of vintages, destined to go the way of most Australian merlot, downgraded to second tier. There has also been the odd addition, the latest a deep-coloured 2010 sparkling rosé´ made from pinot meunier with a splash of malbec added for colour. Very tasty and an excellent aperitif, but I'm sure it will be mostly seen as a chicks' wine. The Patricia stalwarts remain: a vintage sparkling, a chardonnay, a shiraz, a cabernet sauvignon and a noble riesling.

The choice says much about the Browns. If they were interested in trendy, edgy wines, there would probably be no cabernet or noble dessert wine, but that would be missing the point. With Patricia, the makers are celebrating age-worthiness and quality. The current-release chardonnay is four years old, the cabernet and shiraz are five years. What's more, many wines are blends from a number of vineyards, not single vineyards, which is so much de rigueur these days. Compare the first Patricia cabernet release from the vintage 2000 to the latest offering from 2008. The colours are almost the same hue of a youthful red. The flavours near identical, the only real difference is the more pronounced herbal nature of 2000, as was the winemaking style 13 years ago. Cork can also hold its head high, having done justice to the bottle of 2000 that I tried. Screw cap under 2008 will do just as well, probably better..

Pat Brown's connection to wine was in marrying a Brown and raising four sons who all went to work in the winemaking family business: John Graham (the winemaker), Peter (the viticulturist), Ross (the marketer) and Roger (the horticulturist).

She and her husband lived close to the winery, just a few steps from the Epicurean Centre restaurant (originally her orchard), and every day she made morning tea for her men, serving tomato or cheese on crackers. Morning tea in her kitchen was like a board meeting. Big family dinners with trifle for dessert brought the entire clan together at her table.

There was also the winery mail to open, the banking to do and flowers to prepare. ''For 20 years people would walk into the office and see fresh flowers,'' Ross Brown says. ''We don't have flowers in the office now. Sadly, it's something people just don't do any more.''

To celebrate a decade of Patricia, the boys - only John Graham and Ross are still with us - have cleaned up the old family cellar and reopened it. Photos of Pat Brown line the walk into the underground.

The above article by Jeni Port appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald

About the winery

Brown Brothers

Brown Brothers have been home to some of Australia's favourite wines for over 130 years. Their philosophy is about being experimental, innovative and dedicated to making wines for all kinds of tastebuds. It all started in 1885 when John Francis Brown planted 10 acres of vines in Milawa. The vines were mostly Riesling, Muscat and Shiraz grapes. In 1889 the first vintage of wine was produced in the Old Barn which still stands on the property today.

"As a key member of Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW), Brown Brothers is proud to have forged a reputation as innovators and trailblazers, both locally and abroad. Whilst we've ventured far and wide, to this day our roots remain in the Milawa region of the King Valley, where 130 years and four generations later we're still excited by oysters and sparkling at Christmas, our pioneering spirit, and that new favourite drop we know we're yet to create. Because, as Ross Brown (third generation) says; 'We are a wine company with tradition, but we're not a traditional wine company'."  Brown Brothers

"Brown Brothers draws upon a considerable number of vineyards spread throughout a range of site climates – from very warm to very cool. An expansion into Heathcote added significantly to its armoury. In 2010 Brown Brothers acquired Tasmania's Tamar Ridge. In May 2016 it acquired Innocent Bystander and with it a physical presence in the Yarra Valley. The premium quality varietal wines to one side, Brown Brothers has gained 2 substantial labels: Innocent Bystander Moscato and Innocent Bystander Prosecco. Known for the diversity of varieties with which it works, the wines represent good value for money. Its cellar door receives the greatest number of visitors in Australia. A founding member of Australia's First Families of Wine. Exports to all major markets.”  James Halliday

Wine region map of Victoria

Victoria

Victoria is home to more than 800 wineries across 21 wine regions. The regions are Alpine Valley, Beechworth, Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland, Glenrowan, Goulburn Valley, Grampians, Heathcote, Henty, King Valley, Macedon Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, Murray Darling, Pyrenees, Rutherglen, Strathbogie Ranges, Sunbury, Swan Hill, Upper Goulburn and Yarra Valley.

Victoria's first vines were planted at Yering in the Yarra Valley in 1838. By 1868 over 3,000 acres had been planted in Victoria, establishing Victoria as the premier wine State of the day. Today, the original vineyards planted at Best's Wines are among the oldest and rarest pre-phylloxera plantings in the world.

Victoria's climate varies from hot and dry in the north to cool in the south and each wine region specialises in different varietals. For example, Rutherglen in the north is famous for its opulent Muscats and Topaque and bold reds, while the many cooler climate regions near Melbourne produce world class Chardonnay and pinot Noir. Victoria is truly a wine lover's playground.