I went to see what they were up to at Dromana Estate – the cellar door reopened before Christmas following a hiatus when they obviously had to sort out some financial difficulties.

Had no idea what to expect – but it’s all good.

The new owners have done a great job with the restaurant area.  The building itself is an old homestead.  The dining areas were in the old rooms of the house, which made for a slightly weird collection of spaces.  Now everything has been opened up – walls knocked through – and it looks so much better.

The restaurant is called Terre – and again they have obviously made a point of getting together a good team.  It’s not particularly cheap with starters at $19 and mains at $34.  I hope the quality is good – I’ll let you know when I try it.

Dromana Estate and Terre

Dromana Estate and Terre

The cellar door hasn’t changed – still a good space.

They have been rethinking their wines – mostly made by Peter Bauer.  The “i” range is to be discontinued.  This is a throw back to the days of Gary Crittenden. The great deal at the moment is a case of i Pinot Grigio or i Sangovese for $120 – a bargain.  There isn’t much left.

This leaves them with three labels:

Mornington Estate – Sauvignon Blance, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at around the $24 mark.

Dromana Estate – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at just below $40.

Traeger – Verdelho and Shiraz from vineyards in Nagambie Lakes in central Victoria.

And then there is the Asciutto – a wine made from partially air dried Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to intensify flavours – quite unique.

To be honest I enjoyed everything.  The Mornington Estate Pinot Noir is very interesting – a very “bright” nose, cherry and intensity in the colour.  Very different to the more Peninsula classic Dromana Estate Pinot which is darker and heavier.  The chardonnays were both excellent and the Verdelho is unusual, but in a good way.

Jill and Gary on the cellar door were great hosts too.

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