Celebrated Tasmanian winery House of Arras is thrilled to announce that its E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2004 has received Top Sparkling Wine in Decanter‘s Wine of the Year 2020 Tasting – a tasting panel managed by one of the world’s leading and most influential wine publications.

The House of Arras E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2004 was awarded an Outstanding Classification with an impressive 96 points by the fine wine judging panel, chosen above sparkling wines from around the world, including Champagne.

The Decanter Magazine Top 100 wines of the year are judged by some of the most revered wine experts from around the world.  The wines that make this list every year are subject to a rigorous tasting process in order to crown the winners.

Commenting on the prestigious award win, House of Arras Chief Winemaker Ed Carr said, “It’s an absolute honour to have the E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2004 judged alongside some of the best sparkling wines from across the globe.

“House of Arras was born from a vision to create an Australian sparkling wine on parity with the world’s finest champagnes and sparkling wines. Today’s Decanter Magazine announcement reinforces this vision and is proof that the world’s best sparkling can be found right here in Tasmania.”

House of Arras E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2004 is the ultimate expression of the House of Arras journey. Made from the noble grape varieties of prestige sparkling wine, sourced from exceptional cold climate Tasmanian vineyards, this wine exhibits all the elegance, power and vibrancy that are the hallmarks of world class premium sparkling wine. A mix of 69% Chardonnay and 31% Pinot Noir, this wine has spent an incredible 13 years on tirage and takes Australian sparkling to a level of texture and complexity that other producers rarely achieve.

Driven by a simple philosophy to create world-class sparkling wines, Carr continues to take House of Arras to new heights. He is Australia’s most awarded winemaker, and House of Arras is Australia’s most awarded sparkling wine brand with 96 trophies and 246 gold medals received across the domestic and international wine show circuits. Recently House of Arras Grand Vintage 2009 and Blanc de Blancs NV were included in esteemed wine expert James Halliday’s Top 100 Australian wines for 2020, awarded 97 points and 94 points respectively.

Further cementing its reputation for crafting world-class sparkling wine, this month House of Arras was also awarded four Gold Medals at the 2020 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships across its collection, including E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2004.

Earlier this year at the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion Awards, House of Arras E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2005 was awarded 99 points and the prestigious title of Australia’s Best Sparkling Wine, whilst House of Arras Rosé 2009 scored 98 points and House of Arras Brut Elite Cuvée No.1501 received 95 points. At the 2018 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships, Carr received the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his unparalleled expertise and contribution to the sparkling wine industry. Carr is the only non-champenois winemaker to ever receive this award, testament to House of Arras sparkling wines’ consistent high quality, level of complexity and remarkable longevity.

The House of Arras 2020 vintage collection includes four new vintages: House of Arras Rosé 2008, House of Arras Grand Vintage 2009, House of Arras Museum Release Blanc de Blancs 2004 and House of Arras E.J. Carr Late Disgorged Magnum 2004. In addition, this year House of Arras is pleased to unveil the first new wine to its portfolio in over six years – House of Arras Blanc de Blancs NV.

The House of Arras vintage collection is available at fine wine retailers nationally and online at www.houseofarras.com.au. The Top Sparkling Wine in Decanter‘s Wine of the Year 2020 Tasting – House of Arras E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2004 – is available in strictly limited supply.