- Premium Range 2016 Saignee (Rose)
- Premium Range 2013 Shiraz
We turned down a quaint driveway into a sea of “roses on steroids”, as Caroline put it, with roses bigger than my fist! Entering the cellar door of Farmers Daughter Wines, we were greeted by a lovely lady whom was filling in for her husband (presumably the owner of the vineyard) who admitted himself to hospital with chest pain! I moved the conversation onto wine as it was obvious the lady was concerned for her husbands welfare, sampling some of their dry red wines, along with a tawny. We left vineyard number two with
- 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2015 Merlot
What is behind door number three I hear you ask? A fantastic Micro-Winery and Vineyard called Short Sheep – aptly named for the sheep that wonder the vineyard. This variety of sheep are a little shorter than the standard variety (60cm to the shoulder) – making them the perfect height for eating weeds and grasses around the base of the vines without being able to eat the grapes. Genius! Greeted by the lovely Cellar Master, yes I will call him Master as he knew more than any other ‘Cellar Person’ we met today, we sampled the wines once again moving from lighter style wines to the heavier reds. We ended our visit to Short Sheep purchasing
- 2015 Chardonnay
- 2015 Cabernet Rose
- 2013 Reserve du Patron – a wine which the Cellar Master and his wife had developed for those couples that have different tastes in wine.. Yum!
Vineyard number four Robert Oatley Vineyards. An impressive property and restaurant where we stopped for lunch before sampling more of Mudgee’s finest. After a lovely lunch of croque-monsieur for Caroline and I and fish/chicken and chips for the girls, we headed downstairs to the cellar door. With Caroline as designated driver for the day, I selfishly worked my way through the wine list, like I had done at the previous vineyards, from Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Rose then progressing to the more familiar territory of Reds including Merlot, Shiraz and the Montrose Black Shiraz. Despite the leering looks the cellar door manager was affording Caroline, we purchased a bottles of
- 2015 Wild Oats Chardonnay
- 2014 Wild Oats Shiraz
- 2014 Montrose Black Shiraz.
After feeding the girls, it was obvious they were still restless. Rather than head back to camp and try putting the girls down, we headed to Rylstone, an hours drive each way to help the girls get some rest. We walked down the main street searching for a cup of tea for Caroline and left the town with a loaf of wood fired bread and a handful of lollies from the local lolly shop.
Final destination for the day was The Cellar by Gilbert – a wine and cheese ‘cellar door’. At this stage we were pushing our friendship with the girls – we had left the caravan camp around 9.30am and were still out and about. It was approximately 3.30pm and the girls had been fantastic – time for a quick tasting of wine and cheese before heading back to camp. Noticing the energy levels of our girls, one of the lovely ladies from the cellar door brought us a chalk board and chalk to entertain the girls as we tasted wine and cheeses from the local region. We had managed to taste all of their cheeses, two Pinot Noir and one Shiraz before Audrey decided she would get more pleasure eating a piece of yellow chalk than drawing with it! Realising that it was time to leave, we bought a bottle
- 2015 Pinot Noir from Orange
- 2015 Shiraz/Sangiovese/Barbera from Mudgee (which we are enjoying whilst I write this post)
- 2015 Shiraz Single Vineyard from Orange.
If I had my time again, I would have loved to spend more time here!
Dinner tonight was not as upmarket as our previous night (no Verve left!). We feasted on the rustic wood fired bread, assortment of cheeses along with a handful of veggies before retiring for the night. Next stop tomorrow… Gulgong followed by Dubbo!!