The House of Arras is a true expression of its origin and maker – a marriage of exceptional cold climate Tasmanian vineyards and uncompromising sparkling winemaking techniques mastered over decades. The Arras Brut Elite is the fulfilment of a vision to craft world class sparkling wine. A wine with remarkable brightness of character and structural elegance, the Brut Elite has developed outstanding complexity from extended ageing.
The Arras Brut Elite Cuvée is a concept in progress. Predominantly 2015 fruit, this also has a portion of reserve wines that make it a non-vintage. 49% Pinot Noir, 42% Chardonnay and 9% Pinot Meunier are sourced from across Tasmania, Derwent Valley, Pipers River, Coal River and the East Coast. Juicy peaches and raspberries, lemons, strawberries, kumquats and redcurrants combine with brioche, chocolate, vanilla, almonds, crushed oyster shells all combine in a complex and serious sparkling. It is delicious now but I would be interested to see this wine with a bit more age on it. There is still so much freshness here and real room to grow. I shall be watching the Brut Elite closely over the years to come, it’s going to be a very interesting development. Tasted: Aug 20; Alcohol: 12.5%; Price: $61; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2020-2028; Rated: 94 Points; Curly Haslam-Coates; The Wine Front
Cuvee No. 1501. 49.4% pinot noir, 41.6% chardonnay, 9% pinot meunier, 32 months on lees, 9.2g/l dosage. Fresh, vibrant multitude of flavours from white peach, citrus to nougat and brioche, then a burst of cleansing acidity on the finish. Drink to: NA; Date Tasted: July 2019; Alcohol: 12.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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