125 Years Special Release Shiraz Mondeuse and Cabernet

A classic blend created by John Charles Brown in 1954 and made today using his methods.

Wine Analysis
  • Alcohol: 14.5%,
  • pH: 3.39
  • Acid level: 6.7g/L

The Wine

John Charles Brown was the second winemaker at Brown Brothers and considered a legend of Australian wine receiving an OBE for his contribution to the wine industry. He was inspirational in getting the business through tough times by finding a ready market in the immigrating Italian community in the King Valley during the 1930’s and 1940’s. One of his favourite wines was the Shiraz Mondeuse and Cabernet, a wine that he first made in 1954. He chose to pick all three varieties at the same time and blend them together during fermentation giving a wine of considerable concentration, depth of flavour and aging capabilities. The wine lives on in the 2008 vintage and is still made utilising John Charles Brown's methods.

The Grape Variety

This wine is still made via the method John C Brown pioneered in the 1950s where Shiraz is first placed into the tanks for fermentation, followed by the Cabernet Sauvignon and then the Mondeuse. This co-fermentation of varieties helps to integrate the flavours of the three and increases colour, flavour and tannin pickup during the process. This wine is made from a blend of 50% Shiraz, 26% Mondeuse, and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon fruit sourced from our Milawa Vineyard. The fruit was harvested on the 27th of March 2008 at baumé levels ranging from 14.5º to 15.5º. Following fermentation the wine spent almost two years in 19% new American puncheons and barriques. The balance in one and two year old oak. It was bottled with an alcohol of 14.5.0% a pH of 3.39 and an acid level of 6.7g/L.