House of Arras were the stand-out producer at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show last week, winning the KPMG Perennial Trophy for Best Wine of Show, and two other significant awards for their sparkling wines.
This marks the first time a sparkling wine has taken out the Best in Show since the award’s inception in the 1990s.
House of Arras also took out the Thorp Annual Trophy for Best Sparkling White or Rosé, and the Fine Wine Partners Perpetual Trophy for the Best Wine exhibited at all Capital City Royal Wine Shows in the previous 12 months.
Located in the premium cold climate region of Tasmania, and headed by Australia’s most awarded sparkling winemaker, Ed Carr, House of Arras has been crafting sparkling wines since 1995.
During the event at the Sydney Showgrounds, world renowned French-Canadian sommelier Michelle Bouffard was busy smelling, sipping and spitting more than 2,200 wines from Australia’s best producers.
“I have been privileged to judge wine all over the world, and on a global scale, Australian wine is very highly ranked,” Ms Bouffard said.
“I was extremely impressed with the impeccably high standard of wines, particularly sparkling, on offer at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show last week.
“The consistent elegance, focus, balance and complex was phenomenal!
“Congratulations to House of Arras on their achievements, and well done also to all competitors at the event.”
In her last year as Sydney Royal Wine Show Committee Chair, Lyndey Milan OAM said she was pleased to see the Wine Show’s history of innovation and excellence continuing this year.
“At the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show, we pride ourselves on leading the way, being proactive and staying contemporary,” Ms Milan said.
“2016 has truly been testament to the outstanding standard of excellence we see in both the range of wines, year on year and the standard of judging.”
“A total of 146 Gold medals, 276 Silver medals and 700 Bronze medals were awarded.