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.
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, 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.
The 2002 vintage saw a generally cool year with crop yields reduced by cold and wet weather during flowering. These cool conditions delayed harvest, however, long dry and sunny conditions in mid-Autumn allowed the fruit to achieve full maturity of flavour after extended hang time on the vine. This vintage reflects the cool year with fine structures, firm natural acidity and slightly higher alcohol due to sugar accumulation during the slow flavour and tannin ripening.
Fruit was hand-picked from premium cold climate Tasmanian vineyards prior to gentle whole bunch pressing, from which only free run juice was collected. Primary fermentation was undertaken in stainless steel, followed by 100% malolactic fermentation of base wines and the inclusion of a small percentage fermented in new French oak. Meticulous blending of only the best parcels of Tasmanian fruit and 10 years on lees has ensured this wine shows amazing complexity and yet continues to retain the remarkable freshness expected of a typical world-class prestige cuvee.
Crystal clear, straw in colour with an enticing fine and persistent bead. The bouquet displays lifted nuances of ripe lime, butter biscuit and oyster whilst the palate reveals a complex flavour profile, exhibiting characters of honey, nougat, sourdough toast and truffle. A richly flavoured and intriguing palate, with a strong natural acid backbone, elegant structure and great persistence. The wine retains a brilliant freshness and vibrancy - the hallmark style of the House of Arras.
|Grape varieties||58% Chardonnay
42% Pinot Noir
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