A lot of people think owning a vineyard and winery is the most romantic thing on earth. But until you’ve actually worked on one, you may just change your mind. It is hard-work owning a vineyard and for those small family owned wineries it sometimes means working day in and day out to enjoy the fruits of ones labour. Continue reading
It was like visiting my Grandma’s house. And by all accounts that is not a bad thing! The café is so cosy and homely that I could of easily spent a few more hours there. The café is housed in the old tractor shed that sits elevated above the vineyard with large glass windows so you can soak in the atmosphere of the vineyard. The table we sat at had lovely big straw chairs and the table setting was complete with a little vase of just-out-of-the-garden flowers. Just like Grandparents do when their grandchildren steal flowers out of the neighbours garden!
I was instantly relaxed upon entering the café and Mr. Spittoon was too – which says a lot since he is a t-shirt and jandals/thongs wearing type of guy 99% of the time! Our timing was impeccable, we didn’t book therefore it was first in first serve and we luckily got one of the last unreserved tables. So I suggest booking ahead! As we melted into comfort we scanned the specials board and then sat back and relaxed as we looked over the 2-page menu. It was fairly straight forward, some breakfast options, lunch options, children options and then onto the wines, coffees, cakes and a selection of Devonshire teas.
I love when menus are short and simple – however I still managed to not be able to make up my mind! In the end we decided to go for a Vineyard Platter with the additional meat selection and a coffee for Mr. Spittoon and surprise surprise an AU$8 glass of Fairbrossen Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Chardonnay for me (read my tasting note here), guess who I convinced to drive! Mr. Spittoon did make mention that his coffee was very good and was tempted to order another.
At the top of the menu there is a small disclaimer to say that there may be a short wait for all food orders since they prepare the meals fresh and cook to order. I was starving, but I also know that patience can be a virtue with it comes to food.
To be honest the wait wasn’t too long at all, I got through about half of my glass of bubbles when the platter came out. Can I just say WOW – this was most definitely the most amazing and mouth-wateringly tasty looking winery platter that I have ever set my eyes on. You can see the picture, so tell me that’s not true! Plus it was the perfect amount for 2 people for a lunch, if it was just a snack I may have been a bit overwhelmed!
So what was on the platter?
- An assortment of cheese (there were 3 very generous chunks of; a blue, a brie/camembert style, and the most delicious mustard seed cheese!)
- Homemade chutneys and relishes
- Olives (ours where marinated with rosemary, oh so good!)
- Dukkah, balsamic and olive oil
- Stuffed vine leaves
- Seasonal fruit (pears, oranges)
- And a basket full of fresh Turkish Bread… it literally tasted like it was straight from the oven, warm and melt in the mouth soft!
- Meat selection (included ham and salamis)
Overall it was AWESOME! I loved it all and it washed down with the sparkling just lovely. The platter was AU$45 and the added meat selection was AU$10 extra. Please note the platter will change depending on what is in season. Would I go back again? Hell yeah!! However I must admit even though our platter was so good I had food envy when I spotted the Beef and Mushroom Pie coming out of the kitchen, yes my eyes are too big for my stomach – I know!
But honestly, yes – I’m still on the pie topic, how does this sound “tender pieces of slow cooked Harvey beef in a rich Fairbrossen red wine sauce with mushroom, top encased with puff pastry served with a creamy mash potato”. Drooooooool.
After a lovely lunch we stopped in at the cellar door next to the café to have a wee taste and we picked up a bottle of the sparkling and Tempranillo (read my tasting note here) to take home. I was actually after a couple of bottles of their GSM which I recently tried however they were all sold out – I can understand why as it was fabulous. I didn’t even write a tasting note for it as I was so swept away in its deliciousness.
I loved my visit to Fairbrossen and I was definitely feeling a bit of this:
A phrase often expressed at the completion of very hearty meals is;
“…I’m fair brossen” meaning quite literally “I am full to bursting!”.
“If you love what you do you will never work a day in your life”, Josh Davenport told me on a recent wine tasting trip to his winery in the Perth Hills. It is so clear that the MyattsField Vineyards are Joshua & his wife Rachel’s pride and joy (alongside their kids and gorgeous dog of course!).
This young husband and wife team are both qualified winemakers who have worked around the globe and Western Australia making wine. They are a breathe of fresh air in the wine industry – they do what they do because they love it and most importantly they have fun with it. I believe it’s this passion that comes through in their wines.
I was recently invited by Belinda from Seeds & Harvest Marketing Communications to attended the MyattsField ‘Old & New’ tasting with their Left Field club members to celebrate 10 years of winemaking at MyattsField. There were 18 wines to taste, which included some pre-releases and their very first wine (a 2003 Merlot) matched with delicious nibbles by Chef Llyod Powell from Grape Provisions.
The property is simply beautiful, with the romantic rolling hills full of vines and the rustic homestead that houses the cellar door and winery. I was already picturing lovely Spring evenings out on the verandah with a bottle or two of wine as the sun sets. Plus I hear there is an awesome B&B across the road, hint hint Mr. Spittoon 😉
This celebratory tasting was exclusively for Left Field Club members. It is “a club for those who enjoy good wines and occasionally something a little different”. To me the club had a community feel, here we all were in the back of the winery surrounded by winery equipment with the common element of loving wine. And after tasting the 18 special wines I can definitely see why everyone was there, MyattsField definitely know how to get those tongues wagging.
From a “sunshine in a glass” Verdelho to the “sexy grape” of Durif and to fortifieds made from the traditional Touriga Nacional. MyattsField are jumping out of the glass at you, they are experimenting in the vineyard and winery and these ‘playful tests’ are bloody well working.
My visit to MyattsField reminded me why I love wine so much – simply put, wine is fun and you’ve got to have fun with it. The Bickley Valley, where MyattsField is situated is a mere 30 minute drive from the Perth CBD, well worth the trip for some much needed R&R.
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What we tasted: 2011 Methode Champenoise, 2007 Verdelho, 2011 Verdelho, 2006 Semillon, 2012 Semillon, 2007 Mourvèdre, 2008 Shiraz Mourvèdre Vioginer, 2006 Tempranillo, 2009 Durif, 2003 Merlot, 2006 Cab Sauv, 2005 Cab Merlot, 2010 Cab Merlot Petit Verdot, 2004 Reserve Merlot Cab, 2007 Reserve Cab Merlot, 2008 Reserve Cab Shiraz, 2009 Cab Petit Verdot Merlot, 2007 Touriga Nacional fortified, 2012 Touriga Nacional fortified.