• Yering Station (Yarra Valley)

If there is ever such thing as country chic, then it is Yering Station.  Entering this modern establishment I was engulfed by the sweeping views of the green hills.  There is a reason why Yering Station is the go-to-place for tourist and foodies alike  - and it is not just the wine. We were there for a ladies lunch, dressed to the nines, so style was required.

Seated along a long table, I relaxed in the natural light with greenery to my side.  A glass of sparkling?  Of course.  I chose the Yarrabank NV Creme de Cuvee which is slightly sweeter with fortified pinot added.  The scent and taste were that of strawberries – a nice way to begin a meal.

The vegetarian main was buffalo mozzarella in balls with olive tapenade, pesto and salad.  The mozzarella had a fried hazelnut crust.  Grilled and skinned capsicum and salad leaves crowned the dish.  A meal of cheese is the epitome of decadence, and I could only lap it up with lots of delicious beer-style bread to balance it.  The bread was also delicious accompanied with the dukkah and olive oil.

Wine with main was the Yering Station 2011 Fume Blanc.  Its mineral scent matched the dry, lemon on the palate with only a hint of vanilla on the end.

Dessert was equally impressive: brown sugar custard tart with banana sorbet and dulce de leche.  The custard was thick and textured without being too clumpy.  The pastry was soft and wet. The banana sorbet was delicately flavoured, balancing out the tart which was more eggy than sugared.

Dessert wine was the 2010 Xanadu Cane Cut from Margaret River.  ‘Cane cut’, it was explained, is where they chop off the branches before the fruit forms so that the vine puts all its energy and sweetness into the remaining grapes.  With the scent and taste of raisins, this wine was balanced by subtle acid and a peach finish.

We ambled out high-heel clad and happy.

Yering Station
38 Melba Highway 
Yarra Glen 3770
03 9730 0100

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