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This sparkling wine truly expresses the attributes of premium Tasmanian Chardonnay fruit, meticulous winemaking and extensive years on lees. At the weekend it was announced that House of Arras had won the last two capital-city wine show ‘best sparkling wine’ trophies, giving Arras a vinous grand slam....Light to medium yellow colour, with a lovely nutty, nougat and creamy bouquet, with subtle aldehydes and a hint of spice from the 10% of new French oak. Meringue notes too. There's a saline effect on the palate which is intriguing. There is no real toastiness and the wine has great tension and persistence, refinement and focus. An outstanding blanc de blancs. Drink: 2017 to 2022; Price: $87.00; Alcohol: 12.5%; Rating: 97 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review Wine Show Trophies 2017 Royal Queensland Wine Show (July) – Best Sparkling Trophy ‘House of Arras 2008 Grand Vintage’ Royal Sydney Wine Show (August) – Best Sparkling Trophy ‘House of Arras 2008 Grand Vintage’ Royal Perth Wine Show (September) – Best Sparkling Trophy ‘House of Arras Blanc de Blancs 2008’ Royal Adelaide Wine Show (September) – Best Sparkling Trophy ‘House of Arras Blanc de Blancs 2008’ Royal Melbourne Wine Show (October) – Best Sparkling Trophy ‘House of Arras 2008 Grand Vintage’ Royal Hobart Wine Show (November) – Best Sparkling Trophy ‘House of Arras Blanc de Blancs 2008’ National Wine Show – Canberra (November) – Best Sparkling Trophy ‘House of Arras Blanc de Blancs 2008’ The Australian Sparkling Wine Show (October) – Wine of Show ‘House of Arras 2003 EJ Carr Late Disgorged’ International Wine & Spirit Competition (November) – Best Australian Producer Trophy
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Each $76.99
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Cellaring:
A long-enduring finish of bright acid drive promises an exciting, extended future in the cellar.
Nose:
Luminescent straw hue. Bright chardonnay fruit projects itself with luminous clarity and exacting definition through eight years of lees age, with crunchy lemon, grapefruit and white peach precision and sparks of struck flint reductive complexity.
Palate:
Time has heightened notes of ginger, brioche and vanilla, creating a creamy texture that contrasts very fine phenolic grip.
Varietal Composition:
Chardonnay