On Thursday 24 November 2016, media and influencers attended the opulent House of Arras sparkling lunch to sample the exceptional cold climate Tasmanian sparkling on offer.
The menu was designed by head chef at Chiswick Restaurant, Tom Haynes, to compliment the flavours of the wine. All produce was sourced from Tasmania, which is not only the home of House of Arras but also Australia’s capital of sparkling wine. Ed Carr, head winemaker of House of Arras, worked with Tom Haynes to ensure each wine matched the food perfectly.
Many Australian sparkling wines can stand on their own against French champagne and Italian prosecco, and one such brand is House of Arras who rivals the French options in terms of quality and value for money.
House of Arras has won numerous awards in Australia and internationally, including winning this year for the House of Arras Grand Vintage 2007: the ‘Grand Champion Wine of Show’ at the Royal Queensland Wine Show (which is the first time a sparkling wine has ever been awarded this top accolade); the ‘Best Wine of Show’ at the Sydney Royal Wine; and gold at the Decanter World Wine Awards and Decanter Asia Wine Awards. Further, the House of Arras Rose won best sparkling at the National Wine Awards.
Guests were greeted and ushered into a private dining area for canapes of: Barilla oyster, lychee; and sorrel, and smoked eggplant, black garlic and chickpea that were served with House of Arras Brut Elite NV Cuvee 901. This cuvee has rich flavours of white peach, lychee, spices and fresh oysters.
The entree was Tasmanian yellow tail kingfish, peach, almond and succulents matched with House of Arras Blanc de Blanc 2007. House of Arras Blanc de Blanc 2007 exhibits flavours of truffle, oyster, exotic spices and honeycomb.
The second course was duck, cherry, artichoke and dandelion matched with House of Arras Grand Vintage 2007. House of Arras Grand Vintage 2007 is a dry style of sparkling with complex nuance of exotic spice, truffle, meringue and natural yogurt.
The main course was Greenham sirloin, Australian mushrooms and madeira matched with House of Arras EJ Late Disgorged 2002. House of Arras EJ Late Disgorged 2002 has complex flavours of honey, nougat, sourdough toast and truffle.
The dessert was shortbread, strawberries, black pepper and lemon fromage blanc matched with House of Arras Rose 2006. This Rose is dominated by fresh strawberry and cream flavours but has secondary favours of toast, fresh mushrooms and lychee.
if your looking for a Christmas gift under $100, try the House of Arras Rose ($82.99) or the House of Arras Grand Vintage 2007 ($76.99). For a gift under $50, try the House of Arras Brut Elite NV ($49.99).
House of Arras is available through most major liquor merchants nationally.
Their wines are definitely going to be my favourites to enjoy this summer and over the festive season.
For more information about House of Arras, go to: http://houseofarras.com.au/