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Brown Brothers honours Patricia

Published:  23 July, 2008

A new range from Australian wine producer Brown Brothers has been named in honour of the company's matriarch'.

Patricia Brown, part of the second generation of the Brown family, died in 2004. Her son, CEO Ross Brown, told Harpers: This range was 10 years in the making. When my mother's name was suggested, there was no further discussion.

When we told her about it, she burst into tears, but then said, "Yes, but they'd better be bloody good!" She had a very good palate, and the wines are all the more sensitive to us, knowing that the wines are in her name.'

The range features a 1998 sparkling Pinot Noir/Chardonnay, a trio of 2002 still wines (Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Cabernet) and a 2000 Late Harvest Noble Riesling, with the fruit coming from a range of vineyards in the Victoria Hills.

About 2,000 cases of each wine have been produced, and the range will cost between 34-55. The company expects the range to be mainly distributed in the on-trade.