Arras Brut Elite Non-vintage Cuvee No 801, Tasmania $40
This is based on the very good 2008 vintage. Five years on lees. Rich and complex, it has a winning combination of flavour and finesse. Intense lemon juice, savoury straw and gently smoky aromas, with a touch of nougat. The palate is energised by lemon zesty acidity. Great value. (12.5 per cent alcohol; cork.) Score 93 ★★★★½ – view on huonhooke.com
Aging: Best within five years.
Food: Roasted hazelnuts.
Stockists: Kemeny’s (NSW); Dan Murphy’s, Kew (Vic.)
Ranked #3 of 15 NV Pinot Noir Blend tasted from Tasmania
Price Benchmark: $36.50 Avg 93pt NV Pinot Noir Blend tasted from Australia