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Friday 28 September 2018

Vintage Collection underlines the benefits of maturing sparkling wines

House of Arras, the hugely successful Tasmanian sparkling wine producer, has just released a new range of five aged wines. 

Sparkling winemaker Ed Carr (below), who began the Arras project in 1988, believes the new releases will help underline the quality of Australian bubbles on a global stage.

The House of Arras Vintage Collection comprises five sparkling wines that have undergone long periods of tirage and show exceptional length on the palate. 

The newly-released quintet includes the EJ Carr Late Disgorged 2004 (RRP $199.99) which has spent 13 years on lees, and the Museum Release Blanc de Blancs 2001 (RRP $350) which has been aged for 15 years.

“The 2001 Blanc de Blancs is one of the most expensive products Arras has brought to market but we absolutely believe that it’s worth the price," Carr says. "Last year it picked up the Best Australian Future Release at the Champagne & Sparkling World Championships, and this year it won gold at the 2018 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships.” 

TheVintage Collection is rounded off with the House of Arras Rosé 2007 (RRP $91.99), EJ Carr Late Disgorged 2003 magnum (RRP $399.99) and Grand Vintage 2007 magnum (RRP $250.00).

Carr said that it has been a case of the stars aligning with perfect maturation timing which has enabled him to disgorge and show five wines at once.

“This rare occurrence will allow people to truly understand the complexity that Arras wines have as a result of extended time on lees," he said. "They are the result of having the patience to allow the wine to mature at its own pace and the experience to know when it is at its best. It’s exciting to see how far these wines can go if you give them the opportunity to age.” 

The new vintages of the EJ Carr Late Disgorged 2004 and House of Arras Rosé 2007 are available at leading liquor retailers nationwide as well as at

The museum release wines and magnums will be available at the Bay of Fires cellar door in Tasmania and at select fine dining on-premise venues.

# The name ‘Arras’ means ‘rich tapestry’ and fruit is sourced across Tasmania’s premium cool climate regions. 

To date, House of Arras has received 85 show trophies and 223 gold medals. Last year, House of Arras scooped the ‘Best Sparkling Trophy’ at every capital city wine show in Australia. 

1 comment:

  1. This is a good read, now I learned new things about wines and how it is made. I love drinking sparkling wines and I just ordered my sparkling wines at The Wine Bunker , thank you for this learnings.