Mitchell Harris / Pyrenees And Ballarat, Vic

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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 2021

    $ 30.00 incl. GST

    Pinot Meunier and Sangiovese are two distinct and exceptional rosé wines, each with its own unique flavour profile. The delicate and fruity notes of Pinot Meunier are complemented by the more robust and savoury taste of Sangiovese Rose. Fermented separately using wild yeast in 6-10 year old French oak barriques and hogsheads, and matured on lees for 5 months prior to bottling, this sublime blend of Pinot Meunier and Sangiovese Rose creates an exceptional and truly unique rosé wine.

  • Mitchell Harris Pyrenees Sauvignon Blanc Fumé 2021

    $ 30.00 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 Sangiovese 2021

    $ 30.00 incl. GST

    Grown on the undulating slopes around Moonambel in the Pyrenees, the Sangiovese fruit undergoes simple open top fermentation with light tannin extraction to maximise vibrant fruit characters. Matured in old French oak hogsheads for 6 months, the 2021 Sangiovese displays fresh and spicy black cherry fruit and savoury dark chocolate for which the variety is famous. Great drinking now & over the next 5 years.

  • Mitchell Harris Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

    $ 36.00 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 2021

    $ 36.00 incl. GST

    From the cool 2021 vintage, the inclusion of 25% whole bunches, 3% Viognier and wild yeast fermentation, bring floral notes and bright crunchy stem and black spice complexity to the nose and palate. 18 months maturation in 2 to 5 year old French oak provides a fine savoury edge in harmony with the vibrant and concentrated red and blue fruit notes from the vineyard. Enjoy now to 10+ years.

  • Mitchell Harris Chardonnay 2021

    $ 46.00 incl. GST

    Grown in the Wightwick vineyard situated 500 meters above sea level just to the North of Ballarat. This wine boasts notes of white nectarine and lemon curd, and its soft and creamy texture makes it a truly indulgent experience. On the palate, a long, slightly chalky phenolic grip and tangy acid tail are expertly balanced with subtle toast and spice notes, courtesy of its maturation in French oak hogsheads, 50% of which are new.

  • Mitchell Harris Pinot Noir 2021

    $ 46.00 incl. GST
    From the Wightwick vineyard at Invermay in Ballarat. Ripe and bright bouquet of dark red cherry and blood plum fruits. A hint of stemmy spice and crunch, medium bodied with lingering earthy mushroom and sweet spices. Gently handled with 25% whole bunches and wild yeast fermentation. Matured in new and old French oak hogsheads and barriques. Full of bright and juicy dark red fruit notes and flavours, pretty and lithe Pinot.

  • Sabre By Mitchell Harris Sparkling Vintage 2019

    $ 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.