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Arras Rosé Vintage



Ed Carr, the man behind Arras, has been making sparkling wines in Australia since 1986 and for the Hardy’s group since 1994...

He was one of the first winemakers to see the potential Tasmanian fruit had for producing world class sparkling wine and has been producing Arras solely with Tasmanian fruit since the 1998 vintage. Much to the horror of the accountants, however, he has insisted on ageing the wines on lees for over six years prior to release, something that increases both their cost and complexity.

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For more than a decade, the House of Arras team has been identifying and developing the ideal vineyard sites for world class sparkling wine, which led them to call the ancient soils and cold climate of Tasmania home. Its climate is significantly cooler than the mainland of Australia, with long summer daylight and maritime influences, which are ideal conditions for long, slow and consistent fruit development. The House of Arras sources fruit from many outstanding vineyards in southern Tasmania and the south east coast. Each location bestows its own nuances of character on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir fruit.

Vintage information

The 2005 vintage experienced higher levels of rain during winter and warm weather conditions in spring, providing the basis for a strong canopy and good vine health.  Crop set was moderate and the mild, dry conditions resulted in slow and constant fruit maturation.  The grapes ripened perfectly in the bright autumn sunshine and 2005 has since proven to be one of the best vintages of the decade, with wines of great depth of flavour, minerality and structural elegance.


Fruit was hand-picked from premium cold climate Tasmanian vineyards prior to gentle whole bunch pressing, from which only the free run juice was collected. Individual batches were then fermented, followed by malolactic fermentation. Once clarified, the wines were blended, bottled and then matured for six years on the lees. The dosage, which introduces oak and brandy spirit into the blend, completes this traditional wine, adding the last components of complexity and ensuring a balanced palate.

Tasting Notes

Salmon pink in colour, with a lively and persistent fine bead, the 2005 vintage displays enticing aromas of fresh red berry fruits, along with brioche-like yeast, nougat and exotic spices. Bright and fresh strawberry fruit dominate the initial flavour rush which gives way to complex secondary characters of truffle and yeast extract. This wine has great structural elegance with an impeccable balance of tannin, natural acidity and dosage. With a distinct minerality and great flavour persistence, the Arras Rosé has a sublime, refreshing finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2005
Grape varieties 63% Pinot Noir
37% Chardonnay
Region Tasmania
Winemaker Ed Carr
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 7g/l
Residual Sugar 10g/l
Wine pH 3.05