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I recently had an excellent cellar door experience at the Merricks General Store.  This old Peninsula building is now the home for three vineyards – Quealy, Elgee Park and Baillieu.  Quealy has recently been bought out, but the wines are still available there, as well as some other interesting guest wines.

It’s a lovely space – very charming, and a great range of white wines on tasting including Quealy’s now legendary Pobblebonk, to the exotic Friulano, then two Viogniers, Pinot Gris and Reisling.  There was also a fine Chardonnay from Dexter.  The reds available include three Pinot Noirs, a Nebbiolo and the Vaughan Vineyard 100 Hunts Shiraz.

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The surprise for me was a Rose from Myrtaceae.  This tiny vineyard makes great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but a Rose from Pinot and Shiraz – most unusual.

It’s all well made wine.  I came away with the:

  • Elgee Park Family Reserve Reisling 2014 – $30 – beautifully fresh.
  • Selwyns Fault Myrtaceae Rose – $25
  • Vaughan Vineyard 100 Hunts Shiraz – $30 – not a heavy, stuffy old shiraz.  Something I can only describe as “uplifting”.

Although the Merricks General Store is now really about good food – including breakfast – and wine, they do still hold true to the idea of selling provisions.  Along one wall are a whole range of exotic preserves and organic chocolates to tempt you.

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Out of the back of the store itself is a little art gallery no less.

So all in all a great place to visit – three excellent vineyards all producing wine in the sound to fine category and the prices make them reasonable value.

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