Brown Brothers Patricia Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Brut 2017
2017 was a cool year with a long slow ripening, the perfect conditions for exceptional sparkling wine. The fruit for the Patricia Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Brut is sourced from the high altitude, crisp, cool climate of the Whitlands plateau in the King Valley and this wine exemplifies just how exquisite Australian sparkling can be. The aromas are zesty and mineral with lemon blossoms, lime curd and the saline lift of a seaside breeze. The complexity on the palate, paired with intense vibrancy and freshness might lead you astray in a blind tasting, perhaps (way) further north to Champagne. There’s pithy, zesty grapefruit, white nectarine and custard tart with perfectly crisp shortcrust pastry and just a hint of lightly grilled hazelnuts. Serve at 8-10C to really experience the complexity alongside tempura fish and crunchy french fries.