2006 Brown Brothers Patricia Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut

Having adored every release of this wine since 2000 it was with great anticipation that I opened the 2006 model. It’s good alright. Probably as good as the vintage that preceded it. It’s no shrinking violet. 79% Pinot Noir, 21% Chardonnay, five years on lees. It’s sourced from the Whitlands vineyard which sits at an altitude of 800m in the King Valley.

A perfect study in opulent elegance. Nutty and yeasty as you’d expect but there’s a fine line of lemon citrus and a creamy mouthfeel. The bead is persistent and wonderfully tiny. Soft acidity caresses rather than grates. Red cherry fruit from the Pinot, brioche, honey coated almonds then plenty of lemon and apple before a salt cracker finish. I could drink a lot of this. What’s more, I can (almost) afford to. Excellent – Exceptional

Region: King Valley
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Cork
Price: $45
Tasted: May 2012


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2 Responses to 2006 Brown Brothers Patricia Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut

  1. Red says:

    Nice tasting note and sounds right up my alley. Normally love their cheaper NV as well.

  2. Thanks Andrew. It’s a cracking wine.

    Concur totally on the cheaper NV. It’s my “go to” sparkling at around (or under) $20.


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