For lover’s of fine bubbles, the House of Arras should be a name that you most definitely need to know. Chief Winemaker, Ed Carr is passionate about making Australia’s best sparkling wines in a country that has a huge appetite for bubbles. And Australian bubbles at that! Here he makes wines that are renowned for finesse and complexity, showcasing just how elegant wines from Australia’s southernmost state, Tasmania, can be.
In the glass, this rosé most delicate shade of salmon. Being a blend of pinot noir (70%) and chardonnay (30%), berry fruit takes centre stage here. Lush strawberry shortbread biscuit aromas capture the senses, while some eggshell and spice give a more savoury appeal. The intensely flavoured palate, with its fuller fruit weight, is more spicy after 6 years on lees.
All that fruit and spice is held together with crisp acid that has been softened with that time in the bottle. A fresh, deeply flavoured but lively fizz that will be just as good to drink with or without food. Be warned though, this wine has a the ‘more-ish’ factor.
Quickie review «A superb sparkling wine that has the ‘more-ish’ factor in its lush yet lively, mineral and spice, strawberry shortbread biscuit personality. »
Country of Origin: Tasmania, Australia
Tasting Date: January 2019
Price: AU$67 |UK£27
Needs food: no
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