Decanter World Wine Awards: Gold 2017
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
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."
95 Points - Decanter "Nose with citrus fruits and light autolytic character. Refreshing and linear palate with a touch of lees adding savoury complexity. Incredible mousse structure and elegant finish."
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.
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, who’s accolades include the prestigious life time achievement award. Finding their home in Tasmania, a region that is rapidly becoming known as one of the worlds 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 has won countless medals and Trophies that includer 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 producers 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.
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. Just to the east of this is Pipers River, one of Tasmania’s coolest regions with a terroir dominated by red, ferrosol soils and home to the outstanding sparkling wine producer House Of Arras. Created by Ed Carr who is unanimously considered to be Australia’s greatest sparkling wine maker, House Of Arras source grapes from top vineyard sites located on Tasmania’s south and eastern coastal sub-regions. Also based in Pipers River is our best selling wine of 2018, Bay Of Fires Chardonnay utilising grapes from several Tasmania’s cool eastern coastal regions. 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, amongst others, the legendary La Judith Pinot Noir with 3 years of aging in new oak. Dr Edge is a producer that focuses on the unique expression of each terroir creating three individual, single vineyard Pinot Noirs each from a different sub-region. Simply named North - from Stoney Rise vineyard in Tamar Valley, East – from Hazards Vineyard in the East Coast and South – from Meadow Bank vineyard in Derwent Valley. As well as these single vineyard expressions Dr Edge also produces a blend of all three named Tasmania. Situated in Tasmania’s smallest sub-region Coal River Valley is Tolpuddle Vineyard who utilise this region’s tendency for slow ripening producing intense wines with layers of complexity.
Zalto Denk-Art Champagne Glass
Brilliant for Sauternes, Barsac and all types of. Although several Champagne style wines work very well in other glasses such as The Universal Glass, the Zalto Champagne Glass is perfect for all types of sparkling wine and great for those who prefer the traditional flute.
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