July 29, 2023

House of Arras Vintage Rosé

Who makes it?

The House of Arras Vintage Rosé is one of those sparkling rosé that are ever so moreish. However, those who know this fine fizz maker from Tasmania expect nothing less. Of course, Tasmania is the island state of Australia and with its cool climate it is a great place to make sparkling wine.  In saying that, they also make a vintage Blanc de blancs that is worth seeking out for that special occasion. Or try the Grand Vintage or even one of their Late Disgorged editions if you can find them.

Please click here to read the review of the House of Arras Vintage Blanc de Blancs.

How do they make it?

Like the Vintage Blanc de Blancs, this Arras Vintage Rosé is only Tasmanian fruit. This time Pinot Noir as the dominant grape and Chardonnay. The House of Arras pull grapes from the Coal River Valley Derwent Valley, Pipers River and Tasmanian East Coast regions. Primarily the fruit was fermented in stainless steel to maintain that pristine fruit. However, around 10% was fermented in French oak to add just a hint of roundness. 

As with their other vintage wines, to add dimension and softness to the fruit Ed Carr and his team use extended lees contact. And like the Blanc de Blancs, this has been around 7 years.

Unsurprisingly, due to the quality of the fruit used, the team feel that the fruit needs little addition of sugar and the wines sit around 3-4 grams per litre. This makes them low dosage sparkling wines.

To learn more about zero or low dosage sparkling wines please read “Zero Dosage champagnes: Are they better?” 

What does it taste like?

It is a delightfully hued rosé that is a feast for the eyes. Some fresh raspberry fruit and light cherry notes with some gentle citrus meld together with a hint of spice. This is still a medium bodied wine, and with the low dosage, the focus is on the fruit. It finishes with a lingering spiced orange and berry note.

What to drink it with?

This will work very well as an aperitif, or with any salmon, trout or tuna dishes. Also chicken or lightly roasted Mediterranean vegetables. 

Cheese

Bloomy style cheeses such as brie or Epoisses.

Quickie review « This is a superb sparkling pink bubbles and is great with or without food. As with all great vintage pink fizz.»

Country of Origin: Tasmania, Australia
Tasting Date: June 2023
Price:  UK £40 | AU$ 90
Drink: now – 3+ years 
Needs food: no
Source: tasting

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