House of Arras Brut Elite Cuvee 1501 is a wine for those who deeply appreciate Sparkling Wine/Champagne and how much work and time goes into it. The Arras Brute Elite 1501 got 95 points from Decanter and 95 points from Halliday. But it is a fine Pinot based Sparkling that ticks all of my boxes for quality.
The Arras Brut Elite is the wine to drink from the range. It over-delivers for the price and so I highly recommend having Arras Brut Elite in the fridge at all times.
Arras Brut Elite has just switched to a Cuvee labelling system. This will allow you to know with 100% certainty what you are drinking. Arras Brut Elite 1501 is 94% 2015 vintage. 2015’s temperate and dry climate was excellent for making Sparkling Wine grapes. Arras Brut Elite 1501 shows exotic fruits, brilliant texture and layers of flavour. Pair Arras Brut Elite with classic seafood or richer more complex flavours.
House Of Arras Brut Elite 1501 NV Wine Review
“The experience of sparkling winemaking techniques mastered over decades delivers this exceptional example of Tasmanian flair which consists of 55% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier. Four years on the lees following secondary fermentation. On the nose it oozes finesse with subtle and sophisticated aromas of citrus fruits, white peaches, Mirabelle plums, fresh dough and brioche. On the palate it enters the palate with a refine mousse and delivers lovely fruit, savoury complexity and a persistent long finish. Drinking Window 2020 – 2025” Dirceu Vianna Junior MW, Decanter New World Sparkling Wines
At the heart of House of Arras is Ed Carr. It would appear that during his career he worked on all of the iconic Sparkling wine brands of Australia. But it was in 1988 when he embarked on a mission to craft an exception Australian Sparkling wine that he would rival the world’s best. House of Arras was Australia’s first 100% Tasmanian vintage Cuvee. Today, there are many producers doing this, but Arras is still in the top handful of quality.
The beautiful island south of the Australian mainland that has carved out a reputation for quality sparkling wine and Pinot Noir. Tasmania’s cooler climate regions and extended growing season make it perfect for aromatic styles of wine. A wealth of quality focussed producers has helped lift the status of the whole island. Interestingly, despite notable differences, there is only the one GI in Tassie.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one-trick pony. Apart from the best reds in the world, you can find world-class Pinot Noir rosé, sparkling. You can even find sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool-climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation. In a Champagne context, Chard can add mineral flavours, stone fruits and acidity along with some weight of fruit.
The invasion of “Sunshine in a bottle” put Australian wine on the map. The fruity, easy-going, somewhat samey wines were endearing for a short time. Then the next big thing knocked them off their perch.
This forced producers to increase quality and emphasise the distinctive terroirs of Australia. Of which, there are many. And many more yet to be discovered.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fizz, bubby, bubbles. It is a wine with bubbles in it. There are many ways to put the bubbles in, and many styles and flavours you can find. Important to know that you should never buy cheap Sparkling. Champagne is still the quality leader of the world. But great Sparkling can be found in Moscato (sweet), Prosecco, Franciacorta (Italy), Cava (Spain), Australia, New Zealand, Loire Valley and Burgundy Cremant (France).
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