Grape Varietals: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Tasmania, Australia
Chief Winemaker: Ed Carr

The sparkling wines from the House of Arras are a true expression of their origin and of the winemaking talents of Ed Carr. A special combination of their unique cool climate Tasmanian vineyards and uncompromising winemaking. The art of blending sparkling wines at this consistently high level achieved by Ed each vintage - is such that one could even be as bold as to say that Ed has mastered this skill.

 

Many individual parcels are woven together to create this final blend, each bringing its own specific character to the finished wine. The Arras Brut Elite NV is the fulfilment of a vision over 2 decades ago, to craft world class sparkling wine. Ed Carr is Australia’s most awarded sparkling winemaker - crafting exceptional sparkling wines equal to the world's best on this remote island Tasmania. However, a sparkling wine of this quality can only be crafted with equally good fruit and the dedicated viticultural team carefully nurture their unique vineyards through the dynamic growing seasons found on the island. Only the best parcels of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are selected, carefully handled in separate parcels and vinified into wine, before being blended and allowed to develop their special nuances over several years.
The parcels of fruit were hand-picked and then gently whole bunch pressed to ensure the fruit retained is natural brightness of character and elegance. After fining, the individual parcels were fermented on light must solids and underwent malolactic fermentation on its primary ferment lees. Once clarified, these individual base wines were skillfully blended to the NV house style and prepared for secondary fermentation in bottle.
This Arras Brut Elite NV has a pale gold-straw colour and a subtle green glow with an extremely fine bead and persistent mousse, releasing a bright and inviting aroma. You can nearly even get a hint of the influence of sea spray, along with subtle bread yeasts as well as the aromas of roasted nuts. The Brut Elite has an elegant palate structure, with a mineral seam and vibrant flavours of nashi pear, white lychee and ripe, white flesh stone fruits, complemented with subtle Asian spice notes. Maturation on yeast lees has built complexity and depth of character in the wine, with great balance and seamless persistence of flavour on a pleasingly long finish.
This Arras ‘Elite’ Brut NV has 12.5% Alc. Gently chill and serve at 8-10°C. 

A sparkling wine true to its Méthode, and a personality to impress.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; plus will age nicely for another 2-3 years. 

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with grilled scallops, peppered calamari, Thai prawns, delicately seasoned grilled white fish, Asian and vegetarian cuisine and aged Parmigiano - enjoy.