Arras Brut Elite

Arras shows the way in terms of what can be done with Australian sparkling wine at a competitive (at least compared with Champagne) price point.

The "Brut Elite" from Arras is a lovely non-vintage sparkling wine, with a good persistence of fine bubbles.  Attractive vegemite and yeast aromatics intermingle with clean citrus and notes of hay, providing a level of integration and yeasty interest not usually seen in Australian sparkling wines.  A medium mousse set to high acidity and clean lemon citrus flavours round out the palate.  There is more interest in this wine than in many lower level Champagnes.  87-88 points (very good)

Abv: 12.5%
Price: $45
Vendors: try Dan Murphy's
Tasted: May 2012

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