Wine of the Month: Mitchell Harris Sabre 2008

There is always room for quality sparkling in my fridge & 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 & Pyrenees and some Macedon Pinot Noir.  It is soft & gently rounded with absolutely none of the pointy bits the name suggests. Instead the bubbles are languid forming a creamy mousse.

Nutty apple & citrus characters are joined by a fresh bready yeast that complements the ripe fruit.  There is line & length to this wine with a crisp, dry & 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 & Ballarat make sure that you drop in to Mitchell Harris’ new cellar door opening in Ballarat in March 2013.

Distribution:  on-line, fine wine stores, restaurants & cellar door.

Value:  $40.00

This review was originally published on in August 2012


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