Benchmark International Sparkling from the House of Arras. Lead by the extraordinary talents of Ed Carr and with some of Tasmania's finest, blisteringly cool Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards on tap, this is a super-detailed bottle of bubbles that wouldn't look out of place in Champagne. Brioche, barley sugar, lemon pith and chalk, with a fine bead and staggering length. Impressive. No wonder it does so well on the Australian show circuit.
Blended from the classic sparkling grape varieties, impeccably grown in the premium viticultural regions of Tasmania, it was the select parcels of premium Tasmanian fruit that were and picked and whole bunch pressed to ensure the remarkable brightness of character and structural elegance in this wine. After fining, these individual batches were fermented on light grape solids and underwent 100% malolactic fermentation on primary ferment lees. Once clarified, these individual base wines were judiciously blended to style and prepared for secondary fermentation in bottle. Extended maturation on yeast less further built complexity and depth of character into the wine. The expedition dosage completes this traditional method wine, adding the last components of complexity and ensuring precise palate balance.
Medium straw colour with a fresh golden hue, the House of Arras Brut Elite 801 retains a brilliant clarity and an ultra-fine and persistent bead. Exotic characters are drawn together in this captivating wine including white peach, lychee, spice and fresh oyster. The palate is rich and generous with opulent flavours of lychee, glace cherry and truffle oil. A perfectly poised balance of dosage, acidity and structural tannins this wine exhibits a remarkable presence and persistence.
The philosophy for Arras sparkling wines is simple, to create world class sparkling wines. Created by Australia’s most awarded sparkling winemaker, Ed Carr, outstanding fruit is sourced from across Tasmania's premium cold climate regions. The art of blending sparkling wine is one that can only be mastered by perfecting the craft, patience to allow the wine to mature at its own pace and the experience to know when it is at its best. The entire portfolio of Arras sparkling wines are held back between 3-10 yrs to give these wines the distinction, quality and maturity they require to be world class, unique sparkling wines.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Cuvee No. 1501. 49.4% pinot noir, 41.6% chardonnay, 9% pinot meunier, 32 months on lees, 9% dosage. Fresh, vibrant multitude of flavours from white peach, citrus to nougat and brioche, then a burst of cleansing acidity on the finish.
Light yellow colour; aromas of iced pastries, fresh and clean, with creamy, meringue notes. The wine is light and crisp, intense and clean, fresh and bright and appetising. A firm touch of grip to finish. Smart wine.' (Base Vintage, 2014) Tasted January 2019