|Steve Kubota rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:|
BROWN BROTHERS, Tasmania, Australia
2010 PATRICIA CHARDONNAY
I enjoyed tasting wine from Brown Brothers at an industry tasting promotion showcasing Australia’s First Families of Wine. There is more information on Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW) available at the end of the review.
Brown Brothers is one of Australia’s leading family-owned wine companies, with the family making wine in Victoria for over 120 years.
Founded in 1889 by John Francis Brown, it was under the guidance of his son, John Charles Brown that Brown Brothers established its reputation as a producer willing to experiment with innovative grape varieties. This experimentation and sense of adventure carries across the whole business and can be seen at our cellar doors from Milawa to Tasmania.
The Brown family is proud to have forged a reputation, locally and abroad, as varietal wine specialists and winemaking innovators. Over the years we’ve seen many changes in the Australian Wine industry, yet the cornerstones of Brown Brothers remain constant. We’re still a family business; still hand-crafting wines.
From the Winery:
The Patricia range is dedicated to matriarch Patricia Brown, whose hard work, love and vision has made Brown Brothers the success it is today. This wine is sourced from fruit from the Whitlands and Banksdale vineyards in North Eastern Victoria, and the Coombie Farm vineyard in Yarra Valley. The fruit was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed, fermented in barrel, with 20% of the wine undergoing malolactic fermentation to add complexity.
My Tasting Notes:
90-92 Points: The Patricia Chardonnay greats you with aromas of stone fruit and nuts. This is an elegant white offering a nice balance of stone fruit, minerality and acidity that carries on to a lasting finish and should appeal to a wide ranging Chardonnay audience. The Patricia Chardonnay is reminiscent to some Burgundy whites in its structure and balance. You definitely can enjoy sipping this wine on the patio or try pairing it with roasted lamb and cucumber sandwiches, salmon carbonara or Pad Thai Asian noodles. This vintage should be consumed now and for the next 6 or 7 years.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Appellations: North Eastern Victoria and Yarra Valley, Victoria
Acidity: 6.0 g/L
Sweetness Level: Dry (00)
Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW):
AFFW together represent seventeen wine-growing regions across Australia and forty-eight generations of winemakers. The inaugural twelve-member alliance includes Brown Brothers, Campbells, Taylors, DeBortoli, McWilliam's, Tahbilk, Tyrell's, Yalumba, D'Arenberg, Jim Barry, Howard Park, and Henschke.
The aim of Australia's First Families of Wine is to showcase a representative and diverse range of the best of Australian wine with a focus on regional and iconic drops. The collective is working to engage and educate consumers, retailers, restaurants and the wine industry across the globe about the real character and personality of Australian wine, and about the unique characters and personalities behind it.
There is ore information on AFFW here: http://www.australiasfirstfamiliesofwine.com.au/
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