Top Rated Sparkling at the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion Awards
Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 Platinum
Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 Gold
International Wine & Spirit Competition Gold 2017
Gold Medal – 2017 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships
Trophy Best Sparkling- 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
Trophy Best Sparkling White - 2018 Sydney Royal Wine Show
96 points & James Halliday's annual Top 100 wines 2018
97 Points - Susie Barrie ( Decanter - Top 10 sparkling wines from Australia) "A compellingly rich, savoury, sumptuous fizz with a fine mousse, yeasty autolysis and saline minerality. A touch of oak adds a wonderfully taut note and some dry-roasted nut flavours to the palate, while the finish is long and elegant. "
97 Points - Decanter "Fresh and alive! Rich and weighted with ripe pineapple, orange skin, slight brioche and shortbread characters. Creamy and textured on the palate with brisk acidity and a persistent finish."
17 Points - Julia Harding MW "Fine yeasty/biscuity nose but there’s also a mineral/stony character that comes through. Creamy texture, lemon cream and so much bight freshness with orange zest on the finish. Delicious: complex and still so fresh."
The appearance is crystal clear with an ultrafine and persistent bead, medium straw with a golden lustre. The bouquet expresses an enticing aroma of grapefruit, jasmine flowers, sea brine and lychee. The palate has great elegance and poise with complex nuances of exotic spice, truffle, meringue and natural yoghurt. This is a dry style of sparkling wine, which exhibits intense flavour persistence and vibrancy across its seamless structure.
Zalto Denk-Art Champagne Glass
Due to further lockdowns in Austria we are experiencing extended delays with our Zalto orders.
We are currently expecting our next delivery to arrive October 2021.
The Zalto Champagne glass is perfect for all types of sparkling wine and great for those who prefer a traditional flute. Although we adore many Champagne style wines served in the Zalto Universal Glass, the Champagne glass still makes a beautiful addition to your collection of glassware.
"One of the leading producers of sparkling wine in Tasmania, and led by wine maker Ed Carr,
Australia’s most awarded sparkling winemaker"
One of the leading producers of sparkling wine in Tasmania, and led by wine maker Ed Carr, Australia’s most awarded sparkling winemaker and unanimously considered to be the country’s greatest, whose accolades include the prestigious life time achievement award. Finding their home in Tasmania, a region that is rapidly becoming known as one of the world's most premium cool climate regions, a potential that has only just began to be realised, House of Arras have identified and developed several vineyard sights across Tasmania that show the ideal conditions for producing high quality, sparkling wine.
Amongst their ever growing list of awards is the Best Wine in Show Trophy award at the KPMG Royal Sydney wine show, an award dominated by still red and white wines, House of Arras is the only sparkling wine to have ever been awarded this coveted award for their 2007 Grand Vintage. Their 2003 Late Disgorged won countless medals and trophies that include Gold at both the Decanter World Wine Awards and the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships. These are merely a footnote on the extensive list of awards given in recognition of this great producer's achievements. Their reputation is fully deserved and is continuing to grow, fixing their place on the list amongst some of the worlds greatest sparkling wine producers.
In 2020, we introduced to our portfolio a new addition by House of Arras; A by Arras Premium Cuvée NV. It’s seriously delicious and worth every penny. Additionally, and unlike most of its older siblings, ‘A by Arras’ includes a measure of Pinot Meunier, which we love to see. The wine spends a minimum of 3 years on lees before it's released and at least 6 months on-cork, which is a great sign of quality as expected from House of Arras.
"Without question, Tasmanian wines have been one of the greatest discoveries for us over the past few years. Some of the greatest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir we’ve ever tasted come from this tiny island."
Positioned just over 400 km from mainland Australia’s south east coast, Tasmania has rapidly gained a reputation for being a premium, cool climate wine region, not just for sparkling wines but also for top quality still wines such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. With vineyard sites positioned on the north and south east side of the island taking full advantage of the cool, maritime influences and coastal breezes that help to preserve the crisp acidity and freshness that is so important in producing wines of this Calibre. Wine makers in Tasmania utilise the whole region often blending parcels from vineyards across the different sub-regions that each lend its own specific identity to the wines.
Tamar Valley on the north coast is one of the warmer sub-regions with a higher level of rainfall producing fruit with a riper character. Here we discovered Grey Sands, who offer a stunning collection of wines and produce one of our favourite Pinot Gris’ to come out of the New World. The Grey Sands site delivers plenty of tannin, colour and structure. Just to the east of this is Pipers River, one of Tasmania’s coolest regions with a terroir dominated by red, ferrosol soils.
Just to the east of this is Pipers River, one of Tasmania’s coolest regions with a terroir dominated by red, ferrosol soils. As we travel south we come to the East Coast region followed by Coal River Valley, Derwent Valley and Huon Valley. Based in the Huon Valley is Glaetzer-Dixon, responsible for producing some incredible wines and one of our favourite Pinot Noirs. Dr Edge is a producer that focuses on the unique expression of each terroir creating three individual, single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays each from a different sub-region.
Based in the Huon Valley is Sailor Seeks Horse who brought a derelict, 6.5 hectare vineyard back to life from which they now produce exquisite Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Hughes & Hughes can be found in a tiny hamlet called Flowerpot, who as well as Pinot and Chardonnay, produce Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc from grapes sourced from growers across the island. We’ve also added Ghost Rock to our increasing portfolio. They are one of Tasmania’s pioneering grower-producers. Over 20 years the Arnold family have almost single-handedly created the Cradle Coast wine region of Northern Tasmania. Their estate now spans 27 hectares of high density, hand-tended vineyards, mostly comprised of Pinot Noir, with significant plantings of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris in behind. Ghost Rock’s wines are driven by depth, sophistication and intensity. They produce a terrific duo of sparklings; Catherine and Zoe..
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