Mitchell Harris Sabre Rosè 2012
I still haven’t been to the Mitchell Harris bar/cellar door in Ballarat and I need to go. There are many places I need to go really, and with a new baby arriving in a few months there is way too much on, I’ve got no idea when I’m going to get there. More holidays, please.
Anyway, Johnno Harris has again tapped into his Domaine Chandon experience to create another smart sparkling here.
A blend into Macedon and Pyrenees fruit, it spends 40 months on lees, which no doubt helps the appeal. There’s a beautiful lifted strawberry fruit note here that is pure ripe fruit. The palate is gently creamy, finely balanced and even quite soft, the flavours gentle and complex. It’s maybe a little too soft to finish, but this is is a very nice drink.
Best drinking: Good now, but you could hold on to this for a few years yet. 17.7/20, 92/100. 12.5%, $55. Would I buy it? A glass or two for sure.
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The cellar door in Ballarat absolutely worth a visit. It’s the sort of neighbourhood wine bar you wish was in your neighbourhood.