The wine shows a light straw colour with a fine persistent bead.
The nose is lifted with a rich yeast autolysis character and hints of citrus and apple.
The palate is full bodied and complex with prominent lemon and lime flavours and a bready nuance that lingers. The palate is creamy and elegant with a crisp, dry finish and refreshing acidity.
All the fruit for the Patricia Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Brut is grown on the high altitude Whitlands plateau, where the climate is ideal for retaining the type of acidity that is essential for this style of wine. The vineyard is located at 800m above sea level at the top end of the King Valley.
The fruit was hand picked in March and whole bunch pressed in air bag presses. The grapes are very gently pressed to yield 500 litres of juice per tonne (compared with 700-750 per tonne for table wines) to minimise the impact of the harsher compounds from the grape skins. The secondary fermentation was deliberately extended to produce a fine bead, then given 5 years on lees to provide further complexity. The wine was then disgorged and liqueured, with an alcohol of 12.5%, a pH of 3.22 and an acid level of 6.1 g/L. This wine was made in strict adherence to the 'Traditional Method'.
Recommended food pairings:
This refined sparkling wine makes the perfect start to a special meal and is delightful with freshly shucked oysters and squeeze of lemon juice. Alternatively, try it with lightly crumbed and fried trout fillets with a hollandaise sauce or hoisin chicken rice paper rolls.
"At an elevation of 800m at the top end of the King Valley, the legendary Whitlands vineyard is one of the finest sources of sparkling wine on mainland Australia. Established by Brown Brothers in 1982, it was acquired by Chandon in January 2014 (lucky them!) after Brown Brother’s sparkling focus shifted to Tasmania. 2010 Patricia presents the full glory of this magnificent site. Even after a full five years on yeast lees, its pale straw hue and elegantly pristine lemon and apple flavours declare a vintage of precision and stamina. Wonderful texture and understated almond meal and nougat nuances of maturity underline the gently sustaining presence of the acidity of this high plateau. Impeccably seamless line and length."
"5 years on yeast lees, the elegantly pristine lemon and apple flavours declare a vintage of precision and stamina. Wonderful texture and understated almond meal and nougat nuances of maturity underline the gently sustaining presence of its acidity." - James Halliday
2018 Halliday Wine Companion
- James Halliday
"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. A wine of exceptional balance. Cork. 15% alc."