Ed Carr, the man behind Arras, has been making sparkling wines in Australia since 1986 and for the Hardys 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 the cost and complexity of the wine. We've long been fans of these wines, drinking them on regular trips to Australia, so weren't surprised to read James Halliday's comment in The Australiana couple years ago: "Arras is made by a quietly spoken genius, Ed Carr, whose name should be known around the world. It's not.

Why? These wines aren't exported. It's a disgrace and an excellent example of why Australia has lost its mojo." Prompted by James' remarks, we got in touch to see if they wanted an importer in the UK. The answer was quick coming back, so we're delighted to be selling these outstanding wines and, as with the rest of our Australian portfolio, keeping the 'mojo' alive in that country's wines.