Tasting notes - Brown Brothers (Victoria)

One of Australia's First Families of Wine

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Brown Brothers, Milawa

Brown Brothers, Milawa

Brown Brothers, Milawa, King Valley, Victoria have a wine to suit every palate
Brown Brothers, Milawa, King Valley, Victoria have a wine to suit every palate
Prosecco from Brown Brothers, King Valley, Victoria
Brown Brothers Epicurean Centre, King Valley, Victoria


 These wines are from one of Australia's First Families of Wine, Brown Brothers, who believe that wines are as different as the people who drink them. This has led them to explore new varieties and offer a range of comprehensive wines - of which these are just a few:  

2010 Prosecco NV

Prosecco NV sits alongside the vintage Limited Release Prosecco to complete the Prosecco range.

It has a straw colour with subtle green hues and a delicate nose displaying apple and pear characters. While this wine retains the freshness and vibrancy that Prosecco is known for, the fruit for this NV release was picked later to provide a softer, rounder palate full of crisp citrus notes.

This refreshing sparkling is made to drink young while at its light and delicate best.

Serving suggestion: Prosecco NV is a great drink to kick off an evening and enjoy throughout the night. While delicious on its own, it is also perfect with freshly shucked oysters or Asian inspired flavoured prawns. Prosecco is also excellent with a selection of sushi and sashimi.

Alcohol: 12.0%

RRP A$17.90


2010 Pinot Grigio

In the glass the wine is a very light straw colour with a youthful green hue.  It boasts fresh aromas of citrus and pear, while the palate offers some distinct savoury characters and a crisp finish full of delicate acidity thanks to the cool climate fruit.  Unlike the French style which is richer on the palate, Pinot Grigio is crisp, fresh and savoury. .

True to Pinot Grigio style, this is best served chilled and enjoyed within 1 to 3 years of the vintage.

Serving suggestion: This versatile wine is proving to be a popular choice for any occasion, with or without food. Try this wine with John Dory fillet topped with parsley salad on tarragon potatoes. Alternatively, this wine is always a great match to an antipasto platter containing artichokes, olives, asparagus and prosciutto. 

Alcohol: 13% 

RRP A$17.40


2009 Graciano (Cellar Door Release)

Graciano has developed a cult-like following with wine lovers at Cellar Door due to its rarity and the wonderful savoury characters that the wine exudes.

This latest release boasts an intense garnet red colour and delicious aromas of blackcurrent, dried herbs, tobacco and spice. The palate is rich, ripe and full of berry flavours with the trademark peppery character typical to this varietal. The older oak used to make this wine allows the natural fruit characters to express themselves. 

The 2009 Graciano is drinking well now, although 6 to 10 years in good cellaring conditions will give fantastic results.

Serving suggestion: The beautiful savoury characteristics of this wine make it the perfect partner to spicy Italian sausage pizza with olives and anchovies. The Graciano is also delicious with spicy Indian curries, roast lamb or beef.

Alcohol: 14.5% 

RRP A$19.90


2009 Tempranillo

Tempranillo is an innovative varietal for Brown Brothers that is now being released nationally for the third time due to its great success at Cellar Door.  The wine has been developed in the Brown Brothers “Kindergarten Winery” - a mini winery focused on trialling small batches of new varieties and different wine making techniques.

In the glass this wine is a bright crimson red with aromas of dark berries and integrated fruit and oak. These characters follow through to the palate which has savoury characters and very fine tannins.

The 2009 Tempranillo is an elegant, medium bodied style of wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared in the short-term for further development..

Serving suggestion: In Spain, wine and food are taken seriously and this Spanish varietal will make the perfect match for a wide array of traditional Spanish dishes such as paella and tapas, as well as some classic Australian meals. The 2009 Tempranillo is also a great match with spicy salami pizza topped with capsicum capers olives and cheese.

Alcohol: 13.5%

RRP: A$17.40

2010 Moscato

This current release is a light straw colour with some youthful green tinges, while the nose is lifted with aromas of musk, citrus and freshly crushed grapes. In the mouth the wine is alive with a vibrant and mouth filling sherbet flavour. A wine of universal appeal, the retained carbon dioxide gives a mild frizzante effect resulting in a lively and fresh wine.

Serve well chilled and enjoy while young and vibrant.

Serving suggestion: This versatile wine is an ideal accompaniment to any occasion whether it is served with or without food, or as an aperitif or table wine. Try it with baked Stanley apple filled with quince and hazelnuts and mascarpone cheese.

Alcohol: 14.5%

RRP A$15.40


2006 Shiraz, Mondeuse, Cabernet (Cellar Door Release)

First produced by John C Brown in 1954, the unique Shiraz, Mondeuse and Cabernet blend has become a Brown Brothers institution. Each of the three varieties brings different attributes and a wonderful marriage of flavours to the final blend.  Shiraz contributes spice and generous fruit; Mondeuse, deep colour, firm tannin and cellaring potential; while Cabernet gives backbone, elegance and length of flavour.

This 2006 release boasts a deep inky colour with purple hues. Aromas of dark berries, spice, liquorice and earthiness dominate the nose. The palate is rich, concentrated and intense with characteristic grippy tannins.

If cellared correctly this wine will be great for another 12 years or more from vintage.

Serving suggestion: A richly flavoured wine like this goes perfectly with rustic dishes like slow cooked lamb or a potato rustica tart with field and porcini mushrooms and truffle aioli. As an alternative try it with a bitey aged cheddar cheese.

Alcohol: 13.5% 

RRP A$39.90


  • King Valley including Milawa (VIC)
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  • Milawa (VIC)
  • North East Victoria (VIC)

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