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Sunday 26 November 2017

Tasmanian sparkling wine label sweeps the board

I am no great fan of wine show results. 

It is easy, given the many vagaries of the system, for a wine to win a trophy in one show, and be awarded 15 points in another show held at the same time in a different city. 

But when one wine label - in this case House of Arras from Tasmania - sweeps the trophies at every capital wine show in Australia, then it is time to sit up and take notice. 

Ed Carr (above), the House of Arras winemaker, is celebrating this remarkable clean sweep after the results of the Royal Hobart Wine Show and the National Wine Show in Canberra were unveiled over the weekend.

“These awards have topped a superlative year for House of Arras," Carr said. "Such endorsement across a broad range of judges is an absolute statement of quality and the entire viticulture and winemaking team is extremely proud of this achievement. 

“It is particularly pleasing to be awarded the 'home state' trophy for the Best Tasmanian Wine in Hobart from a field of strong competition across many premium cold climate wine styles. ” 

The seven trophies were split between the House of Arras Grand Vintage 2008, which took home three trophies, and Blanc de Blancs 2008 which received four. 

Last week, House of Arras also was named Best Australian Producer, winning a trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London. 

“It is absolutely fantastic to see our philosophy of fastidious viticulture and winemaking come to fruition and receive these awards from such discerning wine judges in recognised quality competitions both here in Australian and overseas,” said Carr. 

House of Arras is part of the Accolade Wines portfolio, which features other premium brands including Grant Burge, Hardys, St Hallett, Bay of Fires and Croser. Fruit for House of Arras is sourced across Tasmania’s premium cool-climate regions, ideal for long, slow and consistent fruit development. 

In addition to the trophy-winning Grand Vintage 2008 ($79.99) and Blanc de Blancs 2008 ($86.99), the House of Arras portfolio includes a Brut Elite (RRP $50), Rosé 2006 ($86.99) and the E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2003 ($189.99). 

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