House of Arras wine show grand slam

House of Arras winemaker Ed Carr (Photo: Accolade Wines)

Last week’s article on winemaker Ed Carr and the House of Arras was premature: at the weekend it was announced that House of Arras had won the last two capital-city wine show ‘best sparkling wine’ trophies, giving Arras a vinous grand slam. It’s made a clean sweep of all the capital-city shows in the one year. As far as I know, this is unprecedented.

The results of the last two major shows of the year, the Royal Hobart Wine Show and the National Wine Show in Canberra, were announced the weekend before last.

The seven trophies were shared between two wines: the Arras Grand Vintage 2008, which scored three trophies, and Arras Blanc de Blancs 2008, which received four.

Last week, House of Arras also received the ‘Best Australian Producer’ trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in the UK. It’s the first time this trophy has been awarded to a sparkling wine brand.

“It is absolutely fantastic to see our philosophy of fastidious viticulture and winemaking come to fruition and receive these awards from such discerning wine judges in recognised quality competitions both here in Australia and overseas,” said Carr.

He added that he was especially chuffed to win a further trophy in Hobart for the best Tasmanian wine,

“from a field of strong competition across many premium cold-climate wine styles.”

This would have included rieslings, chardonnays and pinot noirs.

Here’s the complete list (there were many other top awards for Arras during the year. These are just the capital-city Australian wine shows):

  • Royal Queensland Wine Show (July) – Best Sparkling Trophy ‘House of Arras 2008 Grand Vintage’
  • Royal Sydney Wine Show (August) – Best Sparkling Trophy ‘House of Arras 2008 Grand Vintage’
  • Royal Perth Wine Show (September) – Best Sparkling Trophy ‘House of Arras Blanc de Blancs 2008’
  • Royal Adelaide Wine Show (September) – Best Sparkling Trophy ‘House of Arras Blanc de Blancs 2008’
  • Royal Melbourne Wine Show (October) – Best Sparkling Trophy ‘House of Arras 2008 Grand Vintage’
  • Royal Hobart Wine Show (November) – Best Sparkling Trophy ‘House of Arras Blanc de Blancs 2008’
  • National Wine Show – Canberra (November) – Best Sparkling Trophy ‘House of Arras Blanc de Blancs 2008’

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