17 Mar Terindah Estate, Bellarine Peninsula
Terindah Estate – 90 McAdams Lane, Bellarine Peninsula
A small garden, figs, a little cheese, and, along with this, three or four good friends. Such was luxury to Epicurus. – Friedrich Nietzsche
The luxury of Epicurus most certainly would have been magnified ten-fold at Terindah Estate, as this delicious vine-vista-and-food destination brings no ‘small garden’ to the epicurean experience.
Terindah Estate is an all-things-exquisite family run boutique vineyard on the Bellarine Peninsula, and testament to the veracity of Lonely Planet’s top 10 Best Value for Money Destinations in the World ranking.
Terindah’s owners, Peter and Cate Slattery, have an eye for all things beautiful. The Slattery family has created a French art house movie set in-waiting for the Cannes Palme d’Or location scout, producer and director.
In Indonesian, Terindah means ‘most beautiful’ – and this translation is no misnomer.
MSCL lunched at The Shed under generous market umbrellas overlooking the estate and beyond to the deep blue sea. The alternative – indoors at The Shed – the floor-to-ceiling glass walls ensure guests miss nothing of the magnificent outdoor-indoor experience.
The impeccable service added to our enjoyment of every moment of our Terindah visit. Faultless…
Grab a sofa seat in the upper-deck al fresco mezzanine lounge – if there’s one available. You may be hard pressed to leave – as it’s not difficult to reconcile Gourmet Traveller Wine‘s heralding of Terindah Estate’s menu as ‘the best food in Geelong’.
On the menu our visit – sardines, crème fraiche, lemon and pickled shallots; kingfish, avocado, daikon and shiso; potato gnocchi, peas, fennel and buttermilk; duck, heirloom carrots and radicchio; and snapper, potato, and wakame with salty ice plant. Again, faultless – everything. This is all things European fare at its finest.
A return visit is in the offing for the chocolate honeycomb with lavender ice-cream, and the Dauphin.
Or choose to dine on high at The Deck, overlooking the garden and vineyards. Views from this aspect span Port Phillip and Corio Bays across to Geelong, Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. From this vantage point you may see the local mussel farmers tending their ropes.
The Deck is the perfect spot for a cellar door tasting, sharing a French-inspired platter of Saucisson d’Arles; terrines of rabbit and prune; chicken and fig; duck, pistachio and date; pork rillettes with cornichons; Camembert Le Conquérant and produce; and three-cheese platter – all served with house-baked bread.
Treat the littlies to an Irrewarra sourdough cheese toastie, or fish goujons with crisps and salad. That’s if you can coax them from tripping about the estate, and dancing on the summer lawns. The rolling-on-the-grass iron horse sculpture doubles as a novel climbing frame; and the Slattery family Labradors – one black, one brown – Poppy and Tess, are ever pleased to meet, greet and wag tails with guests.
Pinch yourself. This is not the Loire Valley, but perhaps the closest you’ll come to ‘that special touch of paradise’ on the Bellarine Peninsula.
The only things in absentia our visit were Pissarro and his palette, and perhaps a woven-lace hammock or two. A sensible omission, in retrospect, as – no question – MSCL and hangers-on would be dangling about unashamedly at Terindah Estate still…
An absolute must-visit bellisima Bellarine locale.
After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations. – Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance
James Halliday Winery 2016 5-star rating
Halliday Wine Companion Dark Horse of the Year 2016
2014 Terindah Estate Methode Traditionelle Sparkling
2015 Terindah Estate Rosé
2014 Terindah Estate Pinot Gris – Silver Medal
The list is endless…
The Shed – Lunch (Thursday to Monday) 12noon to 3pm
The Deck – Lunch (7 days a week) 10am to 4pm
Weekend Breakfast (Sat and Sun) 8am to 11am
Cellar Door Wine Tastings (7 days a week) 10am to 4pm
Live music – Sunday Sessions – over summer/autumn.