Brown Brothers Patricia Sparkling 2005

The search for high quality Australian sparkling wine is not always an easy one.  There are a few of them, but I mean this in a literal sense.  Fortunately, Brown Brothers' Patricia sparkling is one of this elite category.  It is a very high quality sparkling wine, that I consider holds its own comfortably in Champagne company.  The 2005 vintage is a pale lemon in colour, with its bead admirably persistent - usually a good sign.  The aromatics are interesting too - bread, yeast, and quite fragrant at that, with some vegemite notes - a step up from the clean "fruit only" aromas sometimes found in more usual Australian sparkling wines.  The palate is dry, with medium length, firm acidity (not too firm though) with that yeasty character carrying through.  Very much recommended.  88 points (very good)

Abv: 13%
Price: $40
Vendors: try Dan Murphy's
Website: http://www.brownbrothers.com.au
Tasted: April 2012

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