Monday, September 19, 2011

Winery splendour

On Sunday, lunch at Port Phillip Estate seemed like a good idea - sure beats cleaning the winches on the boat.

The architecture is arresting and has won several awards.  A rammed earth facade presents to the road in a long windowless sweep. The entrance has a sense of drama about it. You have to go there just to experience it.
There is a Cellar Door Bistro with wine tasting and informal dining. Just what we wanted. But I would love to return and have a meal in the Dining Room with food prepared by Simon West. The restaurant has recently been awarded a chef's hat in The Age Good Food guide.

The Kooyong Chardonnay was full and round and the Sauvignon Blanc was the pick of the day.

There is a tasting fee which is redeamable on the purchase of a bottle of wine.

The warm chocolate brownie with ganache and rhubarb ice cream was superb.

Port Phillip Estate is on Red Hill Road at Melway 191 G2.

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