When it comes to making world-class sparkling wine, Ed Carr from House of Arras in Australia has spent the past decade in the Tasmanian vineyard executing this philosophy. Driven by the fact he has over 34 years experience in wine production and 27 years alone in sparkling wine, it’s no wonder he has been awarded more than 100 trophies, including 21 consecutive “Best Sparkling White Wine of Show’ awards at capital city wine shows. James Haliday notes Ed as a quietly spoken genius, whose name should be known around the world.
Identifying and developing vineyards sites for sparkling wine has been a key element for Arras over the past 10 years. 1998 marked a very significant time for House of Arras, as it was the first vintage that they were able to source 100% of the fruit from their Tasmanian vineyards. With the cool climate of Tasmania, the region is not only known for its pristine environment and ancient soils, but is also becoming increasingly known for the exceptional quality of sparkling wines produced there. Combining the master art of craft and blending individual parcels like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay together, Ed Carr ensures these wines are perfection before release. All wines are held back from release for 3-10 years like the Arras Tasmania Grand Vintage 2008, allowing complexity and maturity to develop. His vision is to have all wines held for a minimum of 8 years tirage age.
For more information on Arras and their wines you can visit the House of Arras website here.