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Ask the wine guy - Ben Thomas
Q: When I drink sparkling it’s always champagne but I keep reading how Australian sparklings are just as good.
What do you recommend?
A: "When tasting sparkling wines from around the world, including champagne, a few weeks ago the standout wine was from Tasmania.
I reckon the Arras EJ Carr Late Disgorged is Australia’s best wine – better than Penfolds Grange or Henschke Hill Of Grace.
The 2002 Arras EJ Carr Late Disgorged is ready to be enjoyed now. The wine’s namesake is maker Ed Carr, who in 1988 set out to make world-class sparkling."

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The Year Australian Sparkling Grew Up

Salt Magazine

An insightful piece by multi-award winning wine writer Tyson Stelzer; about the rise of Australian sparkling and how the past two years have been some of the industry's most exciting. Stelzer provides insight into the meteoric rise of Australian sparkling, revealing that House of Arras has played a major part in the industry's success.

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Awarded ‘Best of the Best Sparkling’

House of Arras

Australia's most awarded Sparkling Wine producer, House of Arras, has been awarded 'Best of the Best Sparkling' and 97 points in the latest James Halliday Wine Companion for 2017, for the 2005 House of Arras Blanc de Blancs.

Of the 7 'Best of the Best' Sparkling Wines, 6 of these belonged to House of Arras, with their point scores:
2005 House of Arras Blanc de Blancs 97 Points
1998 Hose of Arras 20th Anniversary Late Disgorged 97 Points
2003 House of Arras EJ Carr Late Disgorged 96 Points
2006 House of Arras Blanc de Blancs 96 Points
2006 House of Arras Grand Vintage 96 Points
2005 House of Arras Rose 96 Points

House of Arras Celebrates History-making Trophy Win

House of Arras

Australia’s pre-eminent sparkling wine producer, House of Arras from Tasmania, has made history overnight winning The KPMG Perpetual Trophy for Best Wine of Show & the Thorp Annual Trophy for Best Sparkling White or Rose at the KPMG Royal Sydney Wine Show for its 2007 House of Arras Grand Vintage.
House of Arras is the only sparkling wine producer to win Best Wine of Show at the KPMG Royal Sydney Wine Show, traditionally won by still red and white wines.
Joining the 2007 Grand Vintage on the trophy shelf at the Royal Sydney Wine Show is the 2006 House of Arras Blanc de Blancs which has won The Fine Wine Partners Perpetual Trophy, another first for Sparkling Wine.
House of Arras Chief Sparkling Winemaker Ed Carr said it was an absolute honour to receive this recognition from one of the nation’s top wine shows.

Top 25 wines of the year 2015

Huon Hooke

The top Australian wines are expensive. That’s the conclusion to draw from my top 25 new-release Australian wines of the year, as drawn from my tasting database. There are some exceptions, however: Yeringberg red at $70 ex-winery is great value when you compare it to most of the other high-scoring wines.

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2006 Blanc de Blancs wins trophy at the National Wine Show of Australia

House of Arras

We're humbled to announce our 2006 Blanc de Blancs has just taken out eh Len Evans Memorial Trophy for Champion Wine of the Show at the National Wine Show of Australian held at the QT Canberra. This is the first time a sparkling wine has taken out the title and is one of the most prestigious awards we've ever won! This tops off an incredible year, turning 20, along with many other incredible accolades along the way. Cheers to all who've supported us along the way!

Friday Rosé. House of Arras

The lane

Mood: As the sun stains the sky a soft pink, that magical hour, a gradual segue from day into dusk , and dusk into night... we've found the perfect aperitif to accompany the fading light. Sipping bubbles poured from a bottle as pretty as the liquid itself, it's the perfect sophisticated Friday, shoes-off-kind-of-sensuality, sunset worthy sparkling.

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20th Anniversary E.J. Carr Late Disgorged Chardonnay Pinot Noir

House of Arras

Crafted with fruit from exceptionally high quality vineyards throughout Tasmania, the 1998 House of Arras Late Disgorged 20th anniversary release is an example of meticulous winemaking and obsessive attention to detail. The wine consists of 62% chardonnay and 38% pinot noir fruit sourced from the Tamar Estuary, Lower Derwent and Coal River Valley. The palate is seamless in structure with intense flavours of field mushroom, buttered toast and honeycomb. The wine expresses it extensive maturation and yet retains freshness and vibrancy with remarkable poise, brilliant natural acidity and great flavour persistence.

Only 300 bottles have been produced and will be released in October 2015, making it the most exclusive, expensive and one of the most sought after Australian sparkling wines, representing the essence of the house and its makers’ vision.

Arras release 20th Anniversary Sparkling.

Huon Hooke

The 1998 Arras 20th Anniversary E.J. Carr Late Disgorged is one of the best Australian sparkling wines I’ve ever tasted. It was released at a grand event in Sydney last week: just 300 bottles, at $350 each.

The wine is the same wine that was initially released as a five year-old as the 1998 Arras Vintage Brut, then again after 10 years on lees as the first of the E.J. Carr Late Disgorged Arras line (tastings). The latest release has had 15 years on lees. With its silvery metallic label, it’s a stylish package. It was poured to 75 guests including ‘lifestyle journalists’ (self not included) at the event in Sydney University’s Great Hall.

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House of Arras celebrates 20 years of winemaking excellence

Citizens of the World

Hosted by House of Arras master winemaker Ed Carr, guests dined on gold mirror-topped dining tables beneath the stunning archways of one of Sydney’s oldest and most revered buildings. Truly great structures, be they architectural or molecular, will always stand the test of time.

To mark the occasion, guests dined on a five-course dinner with paired wines from the House of Arras range. Topped off with a stunning smoke-screened and choreographed pouring of the limited edition release of the 1998 House of Arras 20th Anniversary Late Disgorged, an extremely rare and coveted sparkling wine, with only 300 bottles in production.

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Over 56 trophies and 500 medals. A remarkable achievement in the world of sparkling wine.


trophies

  • 2002 EJ Carr Late Disgorged

    Trophy 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Trophy - Australian Sparkling Over £15

  • 2002 EJ Carr Late Disgorged

    Trophy 2015 Decanter Asia Wine Awards Regional Trophy - Australian Sparkling

  • A By Arras Premium Cuvee NV

    Trophy 2015 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Champtionships Best in Class - Australian NV Blend

  • 2006 Blanc de Blancs

    Trophy 2015 Royal Adelaide Wine Show — Hurtle and Norman Walker Trophy for Best Sparkling Wine of Show

  • 2006 Blanc de Blancs

    Trophy 2015 Australian Sparkling Wine Show Best Sparkling White Wine (Traditional Method)

  • 2006 Blanc de Blancs

    Torphy 2015 Australian Sparkling Wine Show Wine of Show

medals

  • 2006 Grand Vintage

    Gold Medal 2015 Tasmanian Wine Show

  • 2005 Blanc de Blancs

    Gold Medal 2015 Tasmanian Wine Show

  • 2006 Rosé

    Gold Medal 2015 Tasmanian Wine Show

  • 2005 Brut Elite

    Gold Medal 2015 Tasmanian Wine Show

  • 2001 EJ Carr Late Disgorged

    Gold Medal 2015 Tasmanian Wine Show

  • 2008 Brut Elite

    Gold Medal 2015 Royal Queensland Wine Show

  • 2002 EJ Carr Late Disgorged

    Gold Medal 2015 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Champtionships

  • 2006 Rosé

    Gold Medal 2015 Royal Melbourne Wine Show