Cuvee No. 801. This is based on the very good 2008 vintage. Rich and complex, it has a winning combination of flavour and finesse. The palate is energised by lemon-zesty acidity, Great value. 93 points, Huon Hooke (huonhooke.com.
Cuvee No. 1501. 49.4% pinot noir, 41.6% chardonnay, 9% pinot meunier, 32 months on lees, 9.2g/l dosage. Fresh, vibrant multitude of flavours from white peach, citrus to nougat and brioche, then a burst of cleansing acidity on the finish.
95 points, Wine Companion (July 2019)
The Arras Brut Elite Cuvée is a concept in progress. Predominantly 2015 fruit, this also has a portion of reserve wines that make it a non-vintage. The reserve wine programme started in 2016 and matures the base wine in a mixture of new and old 2,500-litre oak foudres which bring a hint of nuttiness, smokiness and subtle vanilla. 4 years on lees and the lowest dosage release to the market for Arras are testament to the ripeness of the fruit from 2015.
49% Pinot Noir, 42% Chardonnay and 9% Pinot Meunier are sourced from across Tasmania, Derwent Valley, Pipers River, Coal River and the East Coast. Juicy peaches and raspberries, lemons, strawberries, kumquats and redcurrants combine with brioche, chocolate, vanilla, almonds, crushed oyster shells all combine in a complex and serious sparkling.
It is delicious now but I would be interested to see this wine with a bit more age on it. There is still so much freshness here and real room to grow. I shall be watching the Brut Elite closely over the years to come, it’s going to be a very interesting development. Watch this space…
94 points, The Wine Front (August 2020)