When it comes to wines regions in Victoria, we are certainly spoilt for choice. Drive an hour east and you’ll be in the heart of Healesville, drive an hour north and you’ll be in the Macedon Ranges or drive an hour south and reach the famous Mornington Peninsula.
Last Sunday, we took a drive along the coast to Mornington. Our destination? The recently opened, Merrick’s Creek. Recognised for their award winning Mornington Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Merrick’s Creek opened earlier this year, and is a family run affair with Peter Parker, a Clinical Psychologist who’s in charge of bottling the delicious grapes and his friendly son, Sam bringing his knowledgeable, attentive service to the table.
The cellar door is beautifully set right next to the vineyard and the space feels intimate and cosy, almost like you’re walking into an old friend’s home, complete with an open air patio and fireplace. Perfect for a cooler winter’s day. There was no air of pretension at this winery, just a humble and inviting cellar door with incredible views.
Upon tasting the Pinot Noirs, we decided to sit down for a lazy afternoon meal. While the menu is limited in food options, every single dish that we ordered was delicious, seasonal and flavoursome.
Our favourite dish was the twenty month aged Italian proscuitto di Parma, Shaw River buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and basil with ciabatta. The tomatoes were juicy and fresh, the mozzarella was creamy and soft, and the proscuitto was heavenly. The tarragon marinated mushrooms with ciabatta was a tasteful side dish with it’s earthy flavours.
The white chocolate mouse mini pots with fresh passionfruit was a splendid way to end our meal and almost had us licking the pots…almost. We were at a winery after all.
There was something about Merrick’s Creek Winery that captured our hearts. From the friendly service, to the delicious wines and food, the whole afternoon was relaxing and has easily become one of our favourite wineries along the Mornington Peninsula.
When: Open 12pm – 5pm, every Saturday, Sunday and all public holidays
Where: Merricks Creek , 44 Merricks Rd, Merricks – corner of Yal Yal Rd.
Visit Merricks Creek website.