Just for fun, a girlfriend and I decided to go out for a spontaneous lunch. No husbands, kids, friends, or time constraints. I had been wanting to do this at Foxeys Hangout for nearly 2 years!
There was much excitement in cellar door, as less than 12 hours before, brothers Michael & Tony had returned from the Royal Melbourne Wine Show where their 2009 shiraz had just snaffled the Premiers Trophy for best victorian red wine. A shiraz! From the Peninsula! A big coup. To say they were happy would be an understatement. Usually fairly reserved fellows, they were like kids on a sugar high.
We sat down, and ordered….. coffee! Anyone who reads Tony’s columns in Epicure about running a winery, would remember one particularly notorious article about his aversion to serving people a coffee unless they were in for the wine. Don’t tell anyone, but they were good.
We then did what they do best, which was sit back, and get fed. No decisions, no interruptions to conversation. The plates just kept arriving, with 2 of everything until we had done them all. Everything is simple, fresh and just perfect for a slow moving lunch. Here they are….
The asaparagus with blood orange was exceptionally pretty
My personal favourite was the tuna bresaola with radicchio & pear.
We loved the spicy meatballs
then tomatoes, quail & avocado….
Of course we had wine… most of them in fact, Rose, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and the award winning shiraz. Everything except the sparkling wines, and I don’t know why we skipped them. Lastly we went dessert, like a vanilla icecream maxibon, with chocolate sauce that oozed all over it. Tony plonked a bottle of late harvest pinot gris on the table to try with it. It is a gorgeous wine. It is quite unique for wineries on the Peninsula to have a sticky style wine, more should.
We caught an hour or two of sunshine which was a pretty rare sighting over the last few months. There is a spacious deck outside, which has no furniture, but is a lovely place to sit and ponder the view. The little boxes along the edges are perfect for some nibbles & a glass of wine. Idyllic. Whilst taking it all in, the two happy & tired brothers took a moment to do the same. This is one of my favourite places on the Peninsula, I think because they are completely hands on and passionate about what they do. Also, they do not try to please everyone and are not apologetic about this. They have their vision, they stick to it, and it works. I was lucky to get the chance to completely indulge in their experience, with a good friend and it worked. Thanks.