There’s nothing quite like getting out of the city for a day of wine, cheese and sailin’ the high seas (okay… sailin’ Port Melbourne). I was lucky enough to spend a recent Sunday with three friends at Terindah Estate. We long-lunched in The Shed and then mosied (moseyed?) on our way to The Deck, Terindah’s newest addition to their beautiful estate.
Terindah brings together award-winning wines, fantastic food and spectacular views across Port Phillip Bay and boasts one of the best views on the Bellarine Peninsula. The venue is stunning, modern and bright and airy with industrial beams and beautiful wooden decks wrapping around the cellar door looking over lush vineyards and sweeping ocean views. If you are up for an adventure, catch the Port Phillip Ferry to Port Arlington Pier. Terindah is part of the Bellarine Peninsula Winery Shuttle service so as we got off the Ferry a shuttle bus was ready and waiting to take us to the winery. We were tres excited.
It was a crisp Autumn day, so we started with the 2016 Terindah Estate Rose (1 Bronze Medal). The rose was light, clean and delicate and was the perfect accompaniment for the fresh and light food we had ordered.
We started with some freshly shucked Pacific oysters (because ocean, ner!) and some freshly baked house bread with olive oil. The bread was soft and warm in the centre and encased in a salted crust. It was so tasty I would have been completely satisfied with the rose, oysters and bread. But this is a food blog, so of course there was more food.
To ensure maximum tasting potential, we shared some entrees and mains with the charred broccolini, yolk, salted ricotta and Drysdale goats curd. The smokey char on the broccolini worked really well with the salted crumbly ricotta and the creamy goats curd. As yolks do, the yolk really tied it all together. This was such a hit dish, we ordered two.
For mains I ordered panfried potato gnocchi with peas, fennel and a buttermilk cream. This dish was so delicate, the rose was the perfect match as everything was so light and fresh. For once in my life, this gnocchi didn’t weigh me down (still love you gnocchi) and the peas, fennel and buttermilk were so perfectly balanced that every fork was delightful.
My friend ordered the local panfried snapper, waragul greens and salty ice plant. Side note, I am very happy to see Australian native succulents sneaking into meals across Melbourne. I didn’t try this but the plate was wiped clean so I can confidently say it was a great dish. Crispy potatoes were ordered because of course.
As one does, room had to be saved for cheese. We went for a walk around the winery and then made our way to Terindah’s newest edition, The Deck.
Soft laid-back lounges were waiting and we had a post-lunch chill out whilst soaking in views of the vineyard and the bay. The Deck is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and share a french inspired cheese plate with friends one Sunday afternoon.
The three cheese platter was ordered along with a bottle of the Estate Pinot Noir (2014 – 1 bronze medal) and was heavenly. The cheeses we got was a washed rind brie, a punchy but creamy blue and a bitey sheeps milk hard cheese. I am sorry I can’t give you better descriptions but by this time were sufficiently wined and happy (and as full) as Larry.
Terindah Estate was a wonderful, tasty delightful place to spend a Sunday and had us dancing on the Ferry on the way home. I cannot wait for my return.