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.
Arras EJ. Carr Late Disgorged Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir pays tribute to the dedication and inspiration of its maker, EJ. Carr. As the pinnacle of House of Arras, EJ. Carr Late Disgorged is a wine of great intensity and character, with excellent structural elegance and flavour persistence. After 10 years on lees the wine has amazing complexity and yet retains the remarkable freshness of the character typical of a world class prestige cuvée. A true expression of Tasmanian terroir and impeccable winemaking - the 2002 vintage is the fifth only release of this wine.
67/33% chardonnay/pinot noir; fruit from Derwent Valley and East Coast; disgorged March 2021 after 14 years on lees; 2.6g/L dosage. The glories of long lees age are expounded to full effect here in a wondrous panorama of texture and secondary and tertiary complexity. Tasmanian chardonnay has attained a majestic place of glacé pear and grilled pineapple, backed with the fig and spice of pinot noir. All the toasty, spicy, honeyed and dried-fruit personality expected of EJ Carr is here in full measure, upheld with lemon zest energy and tension. Dynamic Tasmanian acidity and pinpoint phenolic grip are perfectly played, and the lightest touch of dosage is all it calls for. With monumental length and grand integrity, it has another glorious decade before it yet. Drink to: 2031; Price: $256.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2021; Alcohol: 12.5%; Rating: 96 Points, Tyson Stelzer; James Halliday Wine Companion
Extraordinary: still so fresh and balanced, minerally, laser-like acidity; infinite length, apple, pear, brioche and honey coexistence seems impossible, but it's not, nor is its ability to stare down Champagne. 67/33% chardonnay and pinot noir from Derwent Valley and the East Coast. Spent 14 years on lees, the dosage only 2.6g/l. Rating: 99 Points & Top 100 Wines for 2021; James Halliday Wine Companion
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