Mitchell Harris / Pyrenees And Ballarat, Vic


Cool Climate Stylings From One Of The Most Passionate Advocates For Victorian Wine

Famed for an excellent wine bar and cellar door venue in Ballarat, Mitchell Harris is a multi-faced wine business of two families. The affable John Harris earned his winemaking stripes as chief sparkling winemaker of Domaine Chandon before the families launched their own operation in 2008, becoming Ballarat’s first true food and wine destination, underpinned by a smart, small batch wine label.

Long standing relationships with good growers have been maintained, most notably with the Peerick vineyard in the gorgeous Victorian Pyrenees. Winemaking ethos is of contemporary minimal handling, with a leaning to wild ferments, considered use of French oak, and gentle extraction. The wines are stylistically clean and pure, with John Harris a renowned tireless campaigner in the promotion of Victoria’s wines and regions.

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  • Mitchell Harris Pyrenees Rosé 2020

    $ 28.00 incl. GST

    Mostly Pinot Meunier with a splash of Pinot Noir. Grown at Moonambel in the Pyrenees.  Wild fermented and matured in old French oak.

    A dry and generous rosé with texture and complexity built by considered winemaking.  Wild cherries and summer berry fruit is abound, with earth and dried herbal notes and a long savoury tail.

  • Mitchell Harris Pyrenees Sauvignon Blanc Fumé 2020

    $ 28.00 incl. GST

    Wild yeast fermentation in French oak hogsheads on full juice solids. Approximately 10% fermented on skins for 2 weeks. The vineyard delivers ripe grapefruit and passionfruit characteristics, with wild ferment and Fumé-style funk, further complexed by a ferrous mineral underpinning and a tiny lick of creamy texture from the barrel and lees work.  A Sauvignon Blanc with complexity, length, texture and zing.

  • Mitchell Harris Chardonnay 2020

    $ 32.00 incl. GST

    This is an elegant and refined style, with white nectarine and lemon curd notes. Soft and creamy on the palate, with a long, slightly chalky phenolic grip, and tangy acid tail. There is subtle toast and spice notes from maturation in French oak hogsheads (30% new).

  • Mitchell Harris Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

    $ 32.00 incl. GST

    The gentle west facing exposure and red/brown, rocky, free-draining soils, provides ideal ripening conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon. Matured in French oak hogsheads (20% new) for 18 months.

    Varietal Cabernet all right – elegant and medium bodied, with a lovely line of cassis, a drop of mint, a savoury edge of capsicum, and ultra dark chocolate/Blackforest cake.  Tannins are fine and long, a complex and grown-up iteration of the most noble of grapes.

  • Mitchell Harris Pyrenees Shiraz 2019

    $ 36.00 incl. GST

    The inclusion of 25% whole bunches, and wild yeast fermentation, bring added layers to the wine. 18 months maturation in French oak provides a fine savoury edge though the wine’s defining virtue is its structure – the tannins are well described as a scaffold.  There’s an amazing textural depth and complexity to the wine, with inky tannins carrying an abundance of herb and spice character, blue and black fruits, and classy, well integrated oak.  Victorian Shiraz elegance in full flight.

  • Mitchell Harris Pinot Noir 2020

    $ 39.00 incl. GST

    Ballarat portion a one hectare vineyard managed by John Harris on the outskirts of Ballarat town, with Macedon fruit from the Kyneton Ridge vineyard.  , Gently handled with 30% whole bunches and wild yeast fermentation. Matured in French oak hogsheads (25% new).

    Ripe and lush bouquet of bright red cherry and strawberry fruits. Light stemmy spice and crunch, medium bodied with lingering earthy mushroom and sweet spices. Pretty and pleasing Pinot.

  • Sabre By Mitchell Harris Sparkling Vintage 2017

    $ 50.00 incl. GST

    65% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, from Macedon, Henty and Pyrenees, aged 3 years on lees and dosed at 4g/L.  This is Mitchell Harris’ flagship wine – given John Harris’ former work at Domaine Chandon as chief winemaker, there’s formidable pedigree in this wine, a through and through Champagne level experience and a wine with a true cult following.