• Ten Minutes by Tractor

1333 Mornington Flinders Road
Main Ridge 3928
03 5989 6080

There’s nothing like escaping Melbourne for a day to experience one of Victoria’s delightful wineries and restaurants. Of course, the weather is an important factor but with the sun shining and a walk along the beach beforehand, our visit to Ten Minutes by Tractor was the perfect outing.

Make sure you get here early so you have enough time to taste all the wines on offer before your meal. My favourite was the 2007 Wallis Vineyard Chardonnay. It was very oak on the nose but quite light on the palate with very little acid, if any at all. The fruit was that of melon or persimmon which made it a very interesting wine.

Entrée was goats cheese cigars with slightly cooked beans, beetroot foam, a variety of lettuce leaves, pumpkin (slightly crunchy whilst not being too undercooked), walnuts and mushroom puree. The cigars were made of very fine crunchy pastry filled with a fetta-like goats cheese. It was a mixture but the flavours worked together to create a refreshing and enjoyable dish.

For main course, I ordered the tagliatelle. It seemed more like soba noodles than tagliatelle and I didn’t warm to this one as much as I had to the entrée. It was served with dehydrated tomato, broccolini, peas, yam and fried enochi mushrooms. This was then mixed through a pumpkin puree. Again, this dish was an eclectic combination of flavour, but they didn’t come together that well.

The chocolate fondant mousse with orange velvet looked quite spectacular and was delicious. It was served with Cointreau and toffee parfait. The chocolate pudding was also surprisingly heart-warming.

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