The House of Arras is a true expression of its origin and maker – a marriage of exceptional cold climate Tasmanian vineyards and uncompromising sparkling winemaking techniques mastered over decades. The Arras Grand Vintage is the fulfilment of a vision to craft world class sparkling wine. Enriched by the complexity of character that follows seven years tirage, yet retains all the brilliant freshness and longevity that will continue to improve with age.
- TAS - Tasmania
What impresses me most about Arras mastermind Ed Carr is that in spite of his clear talent and success, he’s always listening, forever learning, and constantly refining his craft. I’ve found his style a little sweet at times, but this is changing, and his 2005 comes in at a low 7.1g/L of dosage, a gram or two lower than in the past. He’s employing more oak in the liqueur to provide dry tannins that stand in for sugar to balance the palate. His 2005 is a release that impresses me for juxtaposing the lively, focused citrus drive of chardonnay (69%) with the succulent red berries of pinot noir. The result is clean, precise and beautifully pure, quite backward in its development, with subtle toasty, spicy brioche and roast nut development just beginning to materialise. Long lees ageing has built a creamy, softly textural mouth feel and a long finish of impressive acid drive. Rating 94 - Drink to 2017 - Tyson Stelzer, Tysonstelzer.com
A great vintage for Arras, testimony to maker Ed Carr's perpetual learning curve. Less dosage sweetness accents youthful fruit purity, while a touch more oak in the liqueur conspires with long lees ageing to build creamy, softly textural mouthfeel. The citrus drive of chardonnay (69%) takes the lead, backed by the flesh of pinot noir (31%). Rating 94 - Drink by 2017, TS - Wine Companion (JAN/2014)
Winery Tasting Notes
The appearance of the Grand Vintage is crystal clear with an ultrafine and persistent bead.
An intrigung aroma reminiscent of sauteed mushroom, toast, exotic spice and sea brine.
An immensely complex melange of flavours including buttered toast, truffle, candle wax and lemon curd. This elegantly structured wine has an impeccable balance of natural acidity, sugars and tannins. The palte has superb poise and intense flavour persistence.
Medals & Trophies
Trophy & Gold Medal - Adelaide Wine Show 2014
Gold Medal, Tasmania Wine Show 2014