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Returning to his home along the Nagambie Lakes after the completion of service during World War II, Eric Purbrick discovered a cache of wine, hidden circa 1876 under the family estate cellars. Though pale in colour, it was sound and drinkable after seven decades. The promise of long lived red wine inspired Purbrick to establish new plantings at Chateau Tahbilk in 1949, today they are some of Victoria's oldest productive Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Having barely scraped through the ravages of phyloxera and a period of disrepute, the fortunes of Tahbilk were turned around by Purbrick who was the first to market Australian wine under its varietal name. Tahbilk proudly hosts the largest, single holding of Marsanne on the planet. Tahbilk's original rows of Shiraz are commonly cited as one of the great vineyards of the world, regularly sampled at international competitions against illustrious icons such as Romanee Conti and Chateau Lafite, Vega Sicilia and Chateau.. Phyloxera, ancient cellars & seriously old vines»

Arras EJ Carr Late Disgorged CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Pinot Noir Pipers Brook/Tamar River Tasmania
The first of its kind, a salient example demonstrating the values of meticulous winemaking and a commitment to extended tirage maturation. Crafted in what was to eventually become the established Arras housestyle, employing the best vinification and viticultural methods to achieve wine of the highest quality. Following ten years tirage, EJ Carr Late Disgorged presents the original 1998 Arras in a new guise, a cuvee filled with layers of complexity and intensity. EJ Carr displays all the elegance, power and vibrancy of world class sparkling wine.
Available in cartons of three
Case of 3
$683.75
Arras was founded on the vision and spirit of the highly dedicated Hardy winemaking and viticultural team, who believe Tasmania to be the preeminent sparkling wine region of Australia. To this end, Arras seek to identify and capture each individual personality of every varietal grape and every corner of the vineyard, to craft wines which are unique, alluring and distinctively Tasmanian. Cuvee EJ Carr is a noble cepage, predominantly Chardonnay with a third Pinot Noir. After ten years resting on lees, it is the patience to allow the wine to mature at its own pace and the experience to know when it is at its best which has allowed EJ Carr to achieve new heights in richness, complexity and intensity. Approx 12.5%
Crystal clear with a fine and persistent bead, deep straw in colour with a bright yellow gold hue. The nose shows intense mushroom/ butter/ toast characters with lanolin and oyster nuances. On the palate, the wine is rich and flavoursome, whilst very complex and intense. Multi layered flavours of truffle, toast and sea brine combine with a great length of flavour and brightness. A dry style with a refreshing, natural acid finish.
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Australia's most industry respected sparkling wine specialist lead the Hardy winemaking team in 1988 to embark on a journey to craft an exceptional Australian sparkling wine equal to the world’s best

For more two decades, the House of Arras have been identifying and developing the ideal vineyard sites for world class sparkling wines. This journey has led the House of Arras to call the ancient soils and cold climate of Tasmania home. The cold climate, pristine environment and ancient soils are perfect for crafting world class sparkling wine. Tasmania's climate is significantly cooler than the mainland, with long summer daylight and maritime influences, which are Ideal conditions for long, slow and consistent fruit development. The House of Arras sources fruit from many outstanding vineyards in southern Tasmania and the south east coast.

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The philosophy for Arras is simple, to create world class sparkling wines. Created by Australia’s most awarded sparkling winemaking team, outstanding parcels of fruit are sourced from across Tasmania's premium cold climate regions. The art of blending sparkling wine is one that can only be mastered by perfecting the craft, patience to allow the wine to mature at its own pace and the experience to know when it is at its best. The entire portfolio of Arras sparkling wines are held back between 3-10 yrs to give these wines the distinction, quality and maturity they require to be world class, unique sparkling wines.

Arras wines express the purity, clean air and cold climate of the Tasmanian isle. Ancient soils make the vines work a little bit harder to grow the grapes. What Arras have learned is how to husband to encourage grapes which can express their best. Arras have remained true to this vision and are committed to cementing a reputation as being the best of the best, one of the great sparkling wine houses of the world.

Arras wines express their age, they express their origin. This gives Arras a uniqueness which remains the House style, it’s an essence, it’s a magical part of winemaking to be able to take wines to this age. Each vineyard bestows its own nuances of character on chardonnay and pinot noir fruit.

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The art of blending sparkling wine is one that can only be mastered with years of experience. Many individual parcels are woven together to create the final blend, each bringing its own profound character to the complete wine. The world's leading sparkling wines require time to develop complexity and character. Part of Ed Carr's long term vision for the House of Arras was to release a single vintage wine with a minimum of 8 years tirage age. This vision is now realised as the House of Arras takes the next step in its journey.

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