Wines of the Month
2008 Mitchell Harris Sabre Sparkling
There is always room for quality sparkling in my fridge and Sabre has an open invitation. At last, John Harris has released a sparkler under his own label having recently left Mt Avoca to focus solely on Mitchell Harris. However, he did not leave the neighbourhood and has set about making sure that the Pyrenees is duly recognized as a region producing sumptuous wines.
Sabre is an Australian sparkling made the traditional way of Champagne using Chardonnay from both Macedon and Pyrenees and some Macedon Pinot Noir.It is soft and gently rounded with absolutely none of the pointy bits the name suggests. Instead the bubbles are languid forming a creamy mousse.
Nutty apple and citrus characters are joined by a fresh bready yeast that complements the ripe fruit. There is line and length to this wine with a crisp, dry and long finish. A good wine as an aperitif or why not pop a bottle to enjoy with some irresistibly delicate canapés.
If you are touring the Pyrenees region and Ballarat make sure that you drop in to Mitchell Harris' new cellar door opening in Ballarat in October 2012.
Distribution: on-line, fine wine stores, restaurants and cellar door.
© Lisa Johnston July 2012
Wine Diva Wines of the Month, August 2012