Archives for posts with tag: Polperro

Best value diningNorthway Downs.  It remains the same crazy Austrian themed carry-on that it’s always been, but you can guarantee a good time, great oompah music and the best schnitzels on the peninsula.  A most excellent afternoon out.

Best fine diningSalix at Willow Creek.  This is unfortunately a celebration of things now lost.  Last week Salix shut up shop at Willow Creek as the new owners of the property push ahead with their plans to build a conference centre.  The restaurant has been running there for around eleven years – I remember being emotionally moved by venison sausages and puy lentils, and a fabulous scallop dish.  Amazing food, a great venue and excellent service.  I for one will miss you Salix – so long and thanks for all the confit!

Best Sparkling Wine at a cellar doorStonier.  Their 85% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir blend is brilliant.  The Rose is fabulous too.

Best Chardonnay at a cellar doorYabby Lake.  The thing about the cellar door at Yabby Lake is that it is consistently good – no matter what you ask for.  Dropping in for a Chardonnay on the way home from Mornington is a real treat, and it doesn’t get much better than the Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Chardonnay.

Best Pinot Noir at a cellar doorHurley.  The Garamond – stunning.  You just know when you’ve found something special, and this is it.  A great flagship wine for the Mornington Peninsula.

Best other white at a cellar doorTucks Ridge.  For just about everything non-Chardonnay really.  The winemaker, Michael Kyberd, has produced a great range of whites which are excellent examples of their varietals – Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Savagnin.  If you’re not sure how these should taste, head on down to Tuck’s Ridge.

Best other red at a cellar door100 Hunts Shiraz.  This was available at the Merricks General Store, and is a great example of a Mornington Peninsula Shiraz.

Best overall cellar door experience – Merricks General Store.  An inspirational example of what you can do with an old shed on a country road.  It has a good range of wines to taste, coffee, food and a produce store – and it’s all so gorgeous darlink!  Honourable mentions in this category have to go to: Polperro, Stumpy Gully Vineyard, Moorooduc Estate and Paringa.

Hastings Rules – we don’t count Main Ridge Estate.  Nat and Rosalie White are icons and would win most things most years, so they remain vinblue legends and do not have to fight it out with the rest of them.  But if you haven’t been to Main Ridge, then don’t delay.  Nat and Rosalie are moving on.

Best shed – I’ve taken out the best shed award this year – because I’ve run out of sheds to give it to.  everybody is going up market.  The best sheds are of course Elan Vineyard, Merricks Estate, Miceli.  Myrtaceae might count as a shed – it’s a very smart shed.

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The way to the cellar door at Polperro

A new and welcome addition to the cellar doors on the Mornington Peninsula – Polperro.  Based on the property that we knew as The Vines, Sam Coverdale has opened a new bistro and cellar door selling his Even Keel and Polperro wines.  I haven’t eaten there yet, but all the feedback is really good, and the building and surroundings are really quite beautiful.  The Bistro has a large open deck overlooking one of those secluded Peninsula valleys.  It’s quite charming.  The menu looks a little ModOz – but that’s not a bad thing by any means when it’s done well.

The cellar door itself is a little daunting at first – you descend into what seems like the very bowels of the building and find yourself in a darkened room.  The day I visited the sun was about as bright as it gets, and it took my eyes a full five minutes to adjust to mood lighting.

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The descent into the cellar door at Polperro

But once you get used to it, it’s a fine tasting space – small with a high central table and tall chairs.  There is no bar between you and the cellar door person – it’s all sitting around the table together, talking about the wine.  I think it works well.  Great wine racks line the walls.

Sam (not Coverdale, another Sam) was the host and he was excellent.  It’s great to meet people who know about the wines they’re offering, but who also have a sense of passion about the whole thing – not just a $20 an hour job.  We got through:

  • 2013 Even Keel Riesling, Canberra Districts, ACT $27
  • 2014 Even keel Pinot Noir Rose, Tumbarumba, NSW $25
  • 2012 Even Keel Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula, VIC $35
  • 2012 Polperro “Mill Hill” Chardonnay, Main Ridge $55
  • 2013 Even Keel Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, VIC $40
  • 2012 Polperro “Mill Hill” Pinot Noir, Main Ridge $65
  • 2012 Polperro “Landaviddy Lane” Pinot Noir, Main Ridge $65
  • 2013 Even Keel Syrah, Canberra Districts, ACT $40

All were very well made – they definitely put this cellar door in my Sound to Fine category.  I thought the Riesling and the Rose were excellent and at good price points (for the Peninsula).  My favourite was the Polperro “Mill Hill” Chardonnay – a great addition to fine Chardonnay on the Peninsula.  The two top of the range Pinots were very fine, but very light and delicate – that has to be your thing to go the $65 they cost.

All in all a most excellent cellar door – well worth a visit.