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House of Arras Grand Vintage

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House of Arras Grand Vintage

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Tyson Stelzer (2005 Vintage) says

What impresses me most about Arras mastermind Ed Carr is that in spite of his clear talent and success, he’s always listening, forever learning, and constantly refining his craft. I’ve found his style a little sweet at times, but this is changing, and his 2005 comes in at a low 7.1g/L of dosage, a gram or two lower than in the past. He’s employing more oak in the liqueur to provide dry tannins that stand in for sugar to balance the palate. His 2005 is a release that impresses me for juxtaposing the lively, focused citrus drive of chardonnay (69%) with the succulent red berries of pinot noir. The result is clean, precise and beautifully pure, quite backward in its development, with subtle toasty, spicy brioche and roast nut development just beginning to materialise. Long lees ageing has built a creamy, softly textural mouth feel and a long finish of impressive acid drive.

Tyson Stelzer
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Mid-gold, vibrant hue; a compelling and deeply toasty bouquet, with grilled nuts and fresh lemons vying for supremacy; the palate is lively, chalky, complex and while rich, travels gracefully on a staggeringly long path, unimpeded by imperfection; lovely.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Beautifully complex, this evolving but vivacious sparkling wine is deeply scented with waxy, toasty aromas of honeysuckle, brioche, cloves and cinnamon with underlying smoky, meaty and mushroomy notes. It's long and luscious, smooth and creamy, with a delightfully layered but fluffy presence on the palate of peach, melon, apple and nougat-like flavours invigorated by a gentle, ultra-fine bead. Exceptionally long, with remarkable staying power, it finishes with a lingering note of wet slate.
The Australian Wine Annual
Nick Stock (2004 Vintage) says
A sparkling that is head to head with the heart of NV Champagne and it comes out in great shape. There s plenty of complexity with attractive, sweet lemon blossom and red fruit fragrance, strawberries and cherries, some finer flinty elements too; there s almond biscuit, chalk and gentle marzipan. The palate has svelte shape and evenly paced style, with tangy acid crunch and a heart of bright lemon citrus. Builds shape and length.
Good Wine Guide
Nick Stock (2003 Vintage) says
They've added the 'Grand' word to Arras with the release of the 2003 and this is a complex, symphonic and powerful rendition of cool-climate Australian sparkling - grand indeed! Red fruits, apple, citrus, peach, melon, nuts and florals - this is really a wine to marvel over. The palate has length and richness, plenty of flavour, super-fine texture and an even-handed, lingering finish that fades gently to grilled hazelnut flavour. Right on!
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
An exemplary, richer and more profound Arras. An alluring fragrance of dried flowers, brioche, stonefruit, melon and citrus reveals undertones of nutty, toasty and meaty complexity with funky, earthy notes and a hint of mushroom It's sumptuous and assertive, delivering a long and luxuriant palate of creamy fruit supported by a fine chalkiness, finishing savoury and mineral with refreshing citrusy acids. Finely balanced and composed.
Australian Wine Annual 2010
WINESTATE (2003 Vintage) says
Light golden wine with a toasty/creamy yeast nose and lovely lingering complexity of flavours with attractive aged characters and plenty of crisp, citrusy acidity to balance.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
This Chardonnay/Pinot Noir blend is 100% Tasmanian from a number of vineyard sites. The usual hand picking and whole bunch pressing of the best sparkling wines was practised, and only free-run juice was used. The parcels are separately fermented and taken through mlf on lees. Pale straw-green; an exceptionally elegant, yet intense, wine that effortlessly displays its full suite of almost juicy fruit woven through spice/brioche/almond/ cream notes; has immaculate balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2012

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