Tag Archives: Pyrenees

Let’s Taste – Mitchell Harris Wines September 2017

John Harris – winemaker for Mitchell Harris Wines – was my guest on Episode 122 of The Vincast wine podcast. We chatted about his journey and all the exciting things he and his in-laws have been doing with their wine brand and wine bar in Ballarat. He generously brought a long a few bottles of his wine, and I was glad to open and share my experiences here on the Intrepid Wino channel!

Wines tasted;
Mitchell Harris ‘Sabre’ 2013 – RRP $42.00
Mitchell Harris Sauvignon Blanc Fumé 2016 – RRP $27.00
Mitchell Harris Shiraz 2016 – RRP $35.00

Advertisements

Leave a comment

September 19, 2017 · 2:09 pm

The Vincast Episode 122 – John Harris from Mitchell Harris Wines

Growing up in Ballarat, John Harris graduated from Charles Sturt University with a degree in oenology in 1999, and soon took up a position at Domaine Chandon. Over the next seven years he gained much experience and by the end of his tenure was in charge of sparkling production for the Yarra Valley-based operation. In 2008, along with his wife’s extended family, he began the Mitchell Harris brand that would eventually be based in their mutual home town of Ballarat.

Follow Mitchell Harris on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

Follow James on TwitterInstagram and Facebook

Subscribe to the Intrepid Wino channel on YouTube and watch a few videos!

Follow The Vincast on Twitter and download all the previous episodes here

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunesStitcherPlayerFM or Podbean, and don’t forget to rate and review!

Check out the Ear Buds network on Facebook!

John Harris

Leave a comment

Filed under Podcasts

Let’s Taste – Out of Step Wine Co. August 2017

I’m always thrilled when I get an email from David Chatfield letting me know there are some new Out of Step Wine Co. releases. This is probably even more the case since I was privileged enough to share winery space with Dave this year, and see some of the wines in their early developments. One of those wines is tasted on this edition of Let’s Taste, accompanied by a few 2016 wines. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Out of Step “Catbird” 2017 – RRP $28.00
Out of Step Willowlake Pinot Noir 2016 – RRP $33.00
Out of Step Malakoff Estate Shiraz 2016 – RRP $32.00

Leave a comment

August 29, 2017 · 10:14 am

Vino Intrepido 2017 Part Three – The Press

Increasing the volume of fruit for this vintage meant a lot more pressing. Luckily that was largely automated thanks to the pneumatic press, but there was quite a lot of manual labour required, bucketing solids into the press. Six separate skin-contact ferments were all press at different times, and every time the press needed to be cleaned. The pressing program was as follows;
– One of two tonnes of Riverland Vermentino were fermented on skins in two separate ferments. One was pressed immediately after the completion of fermentation, spending a total of nine days on skins. The other was pressed twelve days later, spending a total of three weeks on skins. Both were transferred to neutral white barriques for ageing.
– One tonne of Mildura Nero d’Avola was de-stemmed and split into two fermenters. After only two days of fermentation one half-tonne was pressed and completed fermentation in a stainless steel tank, whilst the other half-tonne completed fermentation on skins but was pressed soon after, a total of 10 days on skins. Each press went to a 300L mature hogshead barrel for ageing.
– Two tonnes of Pyrenees nebbiolo were de-stemmed and split in half. Both finished fermenting on skins. Nothing was added or removed from these ferments. One tonne was pressed after 15 days on skins, the other spent 56 days on skins. They were split between 2010 and 2012 vintage barriques.

Vino Intrepido is a (soon to be launched) brand that combines great Italian grape varieties with great Australian wine regions and growers, experimenting with different winemaking techniques to bring you delicious wine! If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch via email on vinointrepido@gmail.com

Leave a comment

July 5, 2017 · 8:24 am

Vino Intrepido 2017 Part Two – Fermentation

The 2017 vintage was very prolonged, and each of the three varieties finished fermenting before the next one arrived. The fermentations were as follows;
– Two tonnes Riverland Vermentino were split in half – one tonne was pressed and one tonne de-stemmed for skin-contact fermentation. Half of the pressed juice was transferred to neutral barriques for barrel-fermentation, the rest fermented in stainless steel. The two skin-contact ferments had a neutral commercial yeast added to help them through ferment.
– One tonne of Mildura Nero d’Avola was de-stemmed and split into two fermenters. After only two days of fermentation one half-tonne was pressed and completed fermentation in a stainless steel tank, whilst the other half-tonne completed fermentation on skins. Due to the low acids and high pH, tartaric acid was added to help balance the wine.
– Two tonnes of Pyrenees nebbiolo were de-stemmed and split in half. Both finished fermenting on skins. Nothing was added or removed from these ferments.

Vino Intrepido is a (soon to be launched) brand that combines great Italian grape varieties with great Australian wine regions and growers, experimenting with different winemaking techniques to bring you delicious wine! If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch via email on vinointrepido@gmail.com

Leave a comment

July 4, 2017 · 11:20 am

Vino Intrepido 2017 Part One – Processing the fruit

To say that the 2017 vintage was different to the 2016 vintage would be one of the biggest understatement ever. Just speaking personal circumstances, this year not only did I finish up with my employer of over three years and start with a new importer/wholesaler, I also welcomed the arrival of my first child! Considering the location I made my wine at this year is a lot further from home than last year, I wasn’t able to be at the winery as much this year. Then I ended up increasing production from one tonne to five tonnes! I also worked with three new varieties; vermentino, nero d’avola and nebbiolo. Finally, the 2017 vintage was late and long; first grapes arrived on the 19th of March and last were the 24th of April!
On this Part One video I process all the fruit. Processing involves the intake of grapes, and making the first decisions for the wine (whether to press, whether to de-stem, whether to do neither). This is all before the fermentation begins and it transitions towards wine.
Vino Intrepido is a (soon to be launched) brand the combines great Italian grape varieties with great Australian wine regions and growers, experimenting with different winemaking techniques to bring you delicious wine! If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch via email on vinointrepido@gmail.com

Ricca Terra Farms – http://riccaterrafarms.com.au
Chalmers – https://www.chalmers.com.au
Malakoff Vineyard – https://www.facebook.com/Malakoffestatevineyard/

2 Comments

May 25, 2017 · 4:58 pm

Let’s Taste – Mitchell Harris Curio Syrah 2016

Last year I was helping out at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Masterclass sessions at The Glasshouse, and I met Alisha Begbie, undoubtedly one of the biggest wine enthusiasts I’ve ever encountered. Alisha has spent the last few years volunteering at every wine event and wine show she can, attending every tasting possible, and being involved in consumer-oriented winemaking opportunities. She even helped hand bottle the inaugural vintage of my Vino Intrepido! During the 2016 vintage she was part of the Curious Winemaker program that Mitchell Harris run in Ballarat, and she was involved with this Curio Syrah 2016 she kindly gave me a bottle of.

Leave a comment

March 15, 2017 · 3:47 pm

Let’s Taste – Out of Step Wines November 2016

Almost a year ago I sat down with winemakers Nathan Reeves and Dave Chatfield from Out of Step Wine Co. on my podcast The Vincast. I had already tasted a few of their wines here on Let’s Taste and was throughly impressed. I’ve kept a close eye on the wines these guys have released, and they do not disappoint. On this edition of Let’s Taste I look at two new vintages and one new wine, let me know what you think in the comments below, and be sure to like share and subscribe!

Wines tasted;
Out of Step Willowlake Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – RRP $28.00
Out of Step Lusatia Park Block D Sauvngon Blanc 2016 – RRP $28.00
Out of Step Malakoff Vineyard Nebbiolo 2015 – RRP $33.00

Out of Step 2016 Sauvignon Blanc wines and Nebbiolo 2015

Out of Step 2016 Sauvignon Blanc wines and Nebbiolo 2015

Leave a comment

Filed under Tasting Notes, Videos

Let’s Taste – Mitchell Harris Mataro 2013

Some years ago when I worked with winemaker John Harris at Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley. After leaving John joined forces with his wife’s family and they launched Mitchell Harris Wines, using predominantly Pyrenees fruit. A few years ago they opened a cellar door/restaurant/shop in Ballarat, and I stopped in on the way back from Dunkeld recently. I bought this bottle and shared my impressions, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Mitchell Harris Mataro 2013

Mitchell Harris Mataro 2013

Leave a comment

July 8, 2016 · 8:22 am

Let’s Taste – Sally’s Paddock 2012

Neill Robb, owner and founder of Sally’s Paddock Redbank Winery, was my guest on Episode 90 of The Vincast, my wine podcast. He talked about why he chose the site in the Pyrenees region of Victoria, and why he chose to plant the grape varieties he did. He generously brought me a bottle of the 2012 Sally’s Paddock, the top wine from the estate, and I was very excited to open it and share my experiences here on Let’s Taste. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, please like and subscribe!

Sally's Paddock 2012

Sally’s Paddock 2012

Leave a comment

May 10, 2016 · 6:48 pm