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Arras sparkles at National Wine Show

Acclaimed Tasmanian sparkling wine, Arras, has reaffirmed its status as Australia’s most awarded sparkling wine of recent years, taking out a trophy and five gold medals at the Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia presentation.

Arras is the flagship sparkling wine in the Bay of Fires portfolio and is crafted by Australia’s most awarded sparkling winemaker, Ed Carr.

The National Wine Show saw gold medals awarded for the 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 vintages of Arras. The current vintage, the 2001 Arras, received the Kit Stevens Memorial Trophy for the Best Bottle Fermented Sparkling White Wine of Show.

Sparkling winemaker, Ed Carr, praised his team of winemakers, each of whom play a key role in delivering the best sparkling wines possible.

‘There are a number of core elements involved in producing the best sparkling wines — regional source, varieties used, winemaker expertise and bottle age’, Mr Carr said.

‘No compromise is afforded in the creation of Arras, our landmark sparkling wine.’

‘We source our pinot noir and chardonnay fruit for Arras from premium cool climate areas within Tasmania, which I believe is Australia’s leading region for sparkling wines.’

‘The traditional methode champenoise is used in crafting Arras to obtain maximum quality, including a minimum of five years maturation.’

‘When the regional source and varieties are well selected, and the winemakers approach the crafting process with due respect, sparkling wines exhibit structural elegance, suppleness and longevity. These characteristics allow the wine to be aged to a high level of flavour maturity and complexity whilst still retaining a freshness and vibrancy that is only seen in world class sparkling wines’, Carr said.

‘The quality of Australian sparkling has continued to improve over the past five years or so, with many premium sparklings now rivalling the world’s best.’

‘I remain committed to producing the highest quality sparkling wines to reflect individual regional characteristics and to boost the perception and understanding of Australian sparkling wines around the world’, he said.

‘We have had confidence and belief in the superior quality of Arras for some time now, and we’re delighted to have this recognised in such a comprehensive manner by the National Wine Show judges.’

‘This is a wonderful credit to my winemaking team in Garry Ford, Brendan Schmook, Mark Murray and Peta Baverstock, as it is truly a combined effort to produce our best possible sparkling wine each year in Arras’, he said.

Carr and his sparkling winemaking team have now won more than 100 Trophies at Australian capital city wine shows, and Carr holds the seemingly unbeatable record of 21 consecutive Best Sparkling White of Show Trophies at capital city wine shows. This is also the third consecutive win for Arras at the National Wine Show.

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