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Magazines : Breakaway Autumn 2011
Tasty treasures unearthed ALISON McADAM finds a surprise around every corner as she explores the Moorabool Valley wine region FOOD& SPECIAL GUIDE W INE DAVIDDillon happily puts down his shovel and guides us into the historic Sunday school building that he now uses as his cellar door. He steps behind a little counter and pours us the first of four wines we are to try in his Eagles Rise range. They are all very good. David and his wife Erica set up Eagles Rise in Russells Bridge more than a decade ago and, when we arrive, they are both working in the garden beside their home just near the Sunday school. The 1870s building is wood lined and has lovely little doors – it’s the perfect place to sip the end result of the couple’s hard work. We try a pinot gris first, one made with wild yeast that forms naturally on the grape as it grows. I don’t know this of cause, I know very little about wine, but David tells us this snippet of information as he chats about his product. He’s friendly and interesting, managing to tell us a bit about the area, it’s history as a grape growing region and bits about himself and his business. He does so standing near a counter bursting with colourful boiled sweets in jars and a wall of lovely historic photos he’s framed. We move through the range, which is small but impressive, and find ourselves wanting to buy a bottle of each of the four wines we try – the pinot gris, a shiraz, a cabernet sauvignon and a sweet pinot gris dessert wine. We also walk out with a jar of humbugs. It’s on to Clyde Park Winery and Bistro next. This time we find ourselves pulling up beside a big shed and realise instantly this is going to be a different experience to the quiet one we had at Eagles Rise. As we walk around the corner of the shed we find ourselves on a terraced deck with tables looking over a stunning steep view of the valley. The sheltered area includes a wood fired oven, which is busy cooking pizzas that smell fantastic. Inside, the shed is lined from floor to ceiling with wine barrels and there are more tables with small groups of diners happily talking, eating and drinking away. 8 I geelongadvertiser.com.au
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