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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Very good Australian sparkling: Arras Blanc de Blancs 2001

In terms of quality in the bottle, Arras in my opinion are towards the front of the sparkling wine pack.  This vintage dated blanc de blancs is made from chardonnay fruit sourced from Tasmania, spent 9 years on lees and benefitted from traditional method vinification.  And frankly it shows.

Fine and persistent bubbles are apparent in this pale lemon coloured sparkling wine.  Very chardonnay dominant characters are evident on the nose, with notes of lemon, white nectarine and white peach and some autolytic notes of yeast, bread and a touch of cheese.  The finish on the palate is long, the mousse delicate and acid medium to high.  Flavours of white nectarine, toast, honey, butter soaked bread and even a touch of pineapple round things out.  The primary fruit character and differing yeast aromatics distinguish this from a Champagne blanc de blancs style.  Overall, this is most plainly a very good sparkling wine due to its complexity of flavours, concentration of fruit and length on the palate. Very Good

Abv: 12.5%
Price: $60
Source: sample
Vendors: Check http://www.wine-searcher.com/
Website: http://www.houseofarras.com.au
Tasted: 2013
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