Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove
33 Shoreham Road
Red Hill South
Ph: (03) 5989-8412
The first meal on our epic eating weekend in the Mornington Peninsula was lunch at Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove. I'd heard great things about their restaurant, and was really looking forward to our visit. Montalto offers a range of experiences for visitors, with a cellar door, restaurant and casual cafe on the property, as well as vineyards, wetlands, a kitchen garden, olive groves, and a sculpture collection to explore.
|Sculpture in the parking lot|
We arrived a bit before lunch service started, so that we could have a little tour around the property with restaurant manager Laura Huish. Below you can see shots from the kitchen garden: a tray of pine mushrooms that owner Wendy had just foraged, a fresh olive, some little pumpkins and some beautiful rainbow chard.
There were well over ten wines available for tasting, and because I'm a very dedicated food blogger, I worked my way through them all! (Spitting of course - don't drink and drive!) I particularly liked the 2010 Montalto Chardonnay and the 2011 Pennon Hill Late Harvest. In addition to the wines and olive oils, they also stock a few related pantry products: dukkah, bread, verjus, olive tapenade and so on.
Our amuse bouche was a little espresso cup full of velvety pumpkin soup. It was surprisingly delicious - I think I would have been happy with a big bowl of that soup as lunch in its entirety! A nice warming start to the meal.
|Amuse Bouche of pumpkin soup with chives|
|Warm bread rolls: multigrain and olive|
|Scallops - Seared Canadian scallops, confit chicken wings, sweetcorn, basil and vanilla oil - $21.00|
|Cannelloni - Baked goats cheese cannelloni with capsicum and garden globe artichokes - $38.00|
|Rabbit - Basil farced cannon of rabbit, celeriac puree, glazed snowpeas and dutch carrots - $38.00|
And of course, we ordered some fried potatoes. These were lovely and fluffy, with the crispy outsides being enhanced with flaky salt and rosemary.
|Fried potatoes - $8.00|
All the desserts on the menu were tempting, but we couldn't go past the chocolate option. (Note to self: I must come back in a bigger group so I can sample more of the menu!)
|Chocolate - Clove scented milk chocolate brulee and baked mousse cake - $18.00|
The suggested accompaniment for the dessert was a Ramos Pinto tawny port. When we ordered dessert, waiter Giuseppe asked if we wanted to order a glass each, but I woefully replied that I'd better not because I was driving. He then suggested that he bring out one serving of the port, and split it 40/60 between two glasses so we could both try it. How nice is that?!
|Cafe latte, Ramos Pinto Tawny Port - $10.00, Petits Fours|
I was hoping to take a stroll through the gardens after lunch to look at the sculpture collection, and even though the sun had come out during lunch, as soon as we finished eating, the heavens opened and it started bucketing down with rain. Oh well! Now I have another excuse to come back!
Sarah and Sandra ate lunch as guests of Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove and Mornington Peninsula Tourism.
This is the second post from my 2012 Mornington Peninsula Trip series.