Brown Brothers Patricia Pinot Chardonnay Brut 2006 CONFIRM 2006 VINTAGE

Chardonnay Pinot Noir Pinot Meunier King Whitlands Victoria
Patricia is the culmination of Brown Brothers commitment to excellence in viticulture and oenology. A slow and painstaking selection of fruit from the finest blocks of vine is followed by the utmost care throughout vinification, aimed at maximizing palate structure and achieving true elegance. A Pinot Noir dominated wine, from grapes grown to the high altitude Whitlands vineyard, crafted with strict adherence to traditional Methode Champeniose. A splendid effort, complex and rich with toasty fruit and yeast characters, Patricia is intended to impress.
The climate at Whitlands is ideal for retaining the type of acidity so essential to this style of wine. The property sits at eight hundred metres above sea level in the sub alpine area at the top end of the King Valley. Fruit is hand picked and whole bunch pressed through an air bag. Grapes are treated gently to yield a scant five hundred litres of juice per tonne, minimising the impact of harsher compounds from skins. Base wines are treated to full malolactic for complexity. The secondary ferments are deliberately extended to produce a fine bead, then rested an extravagant five years on lees to develop further complexity. Patricia is then disgorged and liqueured, to true Methode traditionelle.
Light straw colour with fine persistent bead. Llifted nose with a rich yeast autolysis character and hints of citrus and apple. The palate is full bodied, complex and rich with prominent lemon/ lime flavours and a bready character which lingers. The mouthfeel is creamy and elegant before a crisp, dry finish and with refreshing acidity. This complex and rich sparkling wine deserves to be accompanied by the finest faire, hors d'oeuvres or scallops, souffle or brie.
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