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Mitchell Harris Sabre Vintage Sparkling 2013

This is a pretty serious sparkling wine from Mitchell Harris.  From the 2013 vintage, it is made “properly” (aka using the traditional method), is a blend of 75/25 chardonnay/pinot noir and spent 40 months on lees.  The fruit is from Macedon and the Pyrenees.  In the glass, the aroma is clean and reminds of lemons.…Continue readingMitchell Harris Sabre Vintage Sparkling 2013

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Mitchell Harris Cabernet Sauvignon Pyrenees 2015

This is an interesting Pyrenees cabernet sauvignon from Mitchell Harris Wines.  The 2015 vintage of this wine sees 10% whole bunch fermentation, which I think imparts some overtly fruity aromatics and a style almost reminiscent of a Loire Valley cab franc.  In the glass, there are aromas of pastille and blackcurrant.  The palate has great…Continue readingMitchell Harris Cabernet Sauvignon Pyrenees 2015

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Mitchell Harris Wines Pyrenees Mataro 2013

The release notes refer to a “rare find in the Pyrenees”.  That’s what I was thinking too, as I haven’t seen a lot of mataro (aka mourvèdre) in these parts.  A cooler climate, more elegant, expression of this grape variety is being chased.  And this goal seems perfectly plausible in the temperate Pyrenees.  It’s a…Continue readingMitchell Harris Wines Pyrenees Mataro 2013

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Mitchell Harris Wines Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This is “two from two” in terms of the quality of Mitchell Harris Wines’ new red releases (see my review of their shiraz here).  Cabernet sauvignon is suited, I think, to the Pyrenees and this is a very good example of why.  From the Peerick vineyard in the Moonambel hills, the wine is matured for…Continue readingMitchell Harris Wines Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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Mitchell Harris Pyrenees Shiraz 2013

The Pyrenees are a lovely part of Victoria with its rolling hills, and well worth a visit.  This is a really good shiraz from Mitchell Harris Wines.  The grapes are handpicked and the winemaking feels right up-to-date.  It sees 2% viognier co-fermented (although you wouldn’t know it), 25% whole bunches (used very judiciously), wild yeast…Continue readingMitchell Harris Pyrenees Shiraz 2013

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Sally’s Hill Cabernet Franc 2009

I recall tasting a Sally’s Hill Pyrenees cabernet sauvignon a couple of years ago and thought it was pretty good.  Their cabernet franc tasted here is pretty good too, so that’s two from two.  The 2009 vintage cabernet franc has aromatics of red plums and cedar.  The palate is quite ripe but not overripe, with…Continue readingSally’s Hill Cabernet Franc 2009

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Langtons Classification Tasting: September 2013

The Langtons auction house classification tasting has quickly become one of the “must attend” tastings on the Australian wine calendar.  The Langtons classification is a ranking of 123 of Australia’s best wines in the categories “exceptional”, “outstanding”, “excellent” and “distinguished”.  To make the grade, the wine must have at least 10 vintages, and a judgement is formed…Continue readingLangtons Classification Tasting: September 2013

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Blue Pyrenees Reserve Shiraz Viognier 2004

Dating from a period when shiraz viognier was perhaps at its most fashionable, at least in my mind, and thus most prone to error (think too much viognier or blends that needed more “blending”), this rendition from Blue Pyrenees is in fact a very good one.  A deep purple-ruby colour, aromatics of peppermint, plums, currants…Continue readingBlue Pyrenees Reserve Shiraz Viognier 2004

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Redbank Winery Sally’s Hill Cabernet 2006

It continues to excite that it is possible to find well made cabernet sauvignon wines in unexpected places in Victoria.  This one’s from the Pyrenees in western Victoria, and it presents well.  More than once, with the notable exception of Dalwhinnie’s shiraz (which has created many imitators but few rivals), I have wondered whether cabernet…Continue readingRedbank Winery Sally’s Hill Cabernet 2006