Sparkling wine is one of Tasmania’s great strengths, and this year’s bubbly classes at the Tasmanian Wine Show were as strong as usual.
Natalie Fryar wants us to embrace variety – the variety of sparkling wine styles emanating from her home state, Tasmania.
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.
Pinot meunier is known as the lesser of the three Champagne grape varieties, but Arras chief winemaker Ed Carr is a fan.
House of Arras reached one of its dizziest heights at the 2016 Sydney Royal Wine Show presentation dinner.
The 1998 Arras 20th Anniversary E.J. Carr Late Disgorged is one of the best Australian sparkling wines I’ve ever tasted. It was released at a grand event in Sydney last week: just 300 bottles, at $350 each.
I’m a card-carrying cork-hater, but I can’t ignore credible evidence of the goodness of natural cork when it comes my way. There is strong weight of opinion that natural cork not only makes a nice pop when it’s released from sparkling wine, but has an
It’s hard work for Australian sparkling winemakers to compete today with the great bargains in direct-imported Champagne, but there is plenty of life in the bubble business. Like any wine style, the best are created by passionate, determined people who are more driven by a desire to make great wine than lots of money. Hardys/Arras continues to lead the charge with its brilliant fizzicist Ed Carr in the driving seat, but it’s encouraging to see small family-owned enterprises like Printhie and Deviation Road having a red-hot go. And there are others – Freycinet, Mount William Winery and Macedon Ridge included. Brown Brothers, Jansz and Domaine Chandon are also steady performers. This is my top dozen pick from my most recent tastings.
Sparkling winemaker for the Accolade group, Ed Carr, is convinced natural cork is best for his wines. Carr’s top bubblies, under the House of Arras brand (tastings), include the extraordinary E.J. Carr Late Disgorged Chardonnay Pinot Noir (tastings) and Blanc de Blancs (tastings). Both are
After two vintages when it did not buy Tasmanian grapes for sparkling wine, Hardys is back in the market. Chief sparkling winemaker Ed Carr says he bought grapes freely in 2013; in fact he almost failed to fill his needs. This is an encouraging turn-around