Arras Grand Vintage Sparkling 2003

I've always felt that Australia can produce wines that are capable of being competitive (in a blind tasting) with some of the varietal blends produced in the world's classic regions, and in the case of shiraz, semillon and riesling Australian regions produce classic styles in their own right.  The apparent exception to me has always been Champagne - I have almost always found that Australian sparklings are, at their best, pleasant but fall short or have non-classic flavours such as pronounced honeyed or herbal notes.  Excitingly (for me), Arras's sparkling wine does not fit that pattern, and is a singularly impressive wine, with a complex toast and citrus aroma, and a clean palate.  An interesting, well made wine that could be mistaken for a Champagne, and shows what Australian sparkling wines can achieve.  88 points.

Price: $56.99
Source: retail (Dan Murphy's)
Abv: 12.5%
Website: http://www.houseofarras.com.au/ (but has no content at the moment)
Tasmania
August 29, 2010
0

Comments

Featured post

IMW Annual Bordeaux tasting - 2013 vintage

Held in Sydney by the Institute of Masters of Wine on the weekend, this was …

Popular Posts

Colonel and The Merchant Barossa Shiraz 2016

I tasted this wine blind, not knowing it was a $10 wine.  Actually, it's…

Exclusive/small production winery mailing lists

Well executed mailing lists provide benefits to consumer and winery alike.  …

A couple of new release 2015 Coonawarra wines; Riddoch Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon

These two wines are from Riddoch Wines in Coonawarra and the 2015 vintage.  Bot…