By Amy Looker

Brown Brothers will release the latest wines in its flagship Patricia range tomorrow (March 1) with CEO Ross Brown punting pinot noir as the varietal to watch over the next few years. 

Named for the Brown Brothers matriarch, wines in the Patricia range are only released in exceptional years that result in outstanding fruit quality.

The releases this year include the 2006 Patricia Cabernet Sauvignon (RRP $55.90) and the 2008 Patricia Chardonnay ($39.90).

This is the first time in five years that a Patricia Chardonnay has been made, due to the strict fruit selection policy required for the range.

Brown Brothers’ Ross Brown visited Sydney last week to showcase the new releases to trade and media.

Brown predicts that the market is near the end of its current infatuation with savignon blanc and that pinot noir will be the next varietal to find widespread favour with consumers. 

The 2006 Patricia Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2008 Patricia Chardonnay will join limited stocks of the 2006 Patricia Shiraz, the 2006 Patricia Noble Riesling and the 2005 Patricia Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut, which were released in 2010.

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