The food, the wine, the scenery… what more can I say, it was all to die for. Firstly I would like to thank the team at T’Gallant Winery for having us the other day… we had such a wonderful day and we cannot wait to come back!
An easy drive from Melbourne CBD, T’Gallant Winemakers is located in the gorgeous Mornington Peninsula, just over an hour from the city. Although being a self-confessed wine-o, I had never been to this Victorian wine region before, however was amazed with its scenery and the amount of wineries that I saw on the way to T’Gallant.
We began our day in the Cellar Door after spending about 20 minutes gazing at the view on arrival, as well as taking photos of the local cat sun baking in the winter sun (see flat cat below). Although T’Gallant is known for their Pinot Grigio’s (so light and crisp), we were able to sample a range of different vinos. My favourites were the 2011 IO Chardonnay (I just can’t go past a quality, oaked chardy such as this), 2008 Odysseus Shiraz Nebbiolo (just fantastic), and the Holystone Rose (very surprising for me as I usually can’t stand a rose).
We then had the delight of having lunch in the La Baracca Trattoria Restaurant. Relaxed with the rustic feel and ambience, we sat down to a glass of Chardonnay. The food, along with the service, was outstanding. I ordered the ocean trout with lemon braised fennel, celeriac puree with garden greens (I know… sounds amazing doesn’t it!?), which was some of the best fish I’ve ever had. Nathan, the true American, ordered a pizza with mushrooms, gorgonzola and parsley, which was just as delicious. Needless to say there was hardly anything left on our plates.
We were then treated with the most amazing Vacherin ice cream cake, with honeycomb and chocolate pieces, topped with an amazing hot chocolate sauce. It was definitely a struggle to walk the 10 metres to our car afterwards.
I overheard two guys sitting next to us toasting, “to good food, wine, and company”, which is exactly what you’ll get at T’Gallant if you’re looking for a relaxing place to eat with amazing wines down in the Mornington Peninsula.
Be sure to check out T’Gallant’s website here for location, special events and opening times.