If you’re looking for somewhere new to explore on the Mornington Peninsula you need to find your way to Merricks Creek Wines. It’s a small, family run winery which opened a cellar door just this year and I was invited to check it out.
The tasting area at Merricks Creek Wines looks out over the established vineyard and there’s raised decking for sunny weather or a log fire in winter. You can choose from a concise but delicious food menu to accompany the wines.
The Mornington Peninsula is Pinot Noir country and Merricks Creek’s pinot is a revelation. Winemaker Peter Parker is well known for his close planting of vines in the French style and a tasting at Merricks Creek is a great opportunity to taste the difference between this style of wine and the standard planting.
The menu is short and simple but the food on offer is packed with flavour and serves to highlight the excellent wines. There’s a choice of smaller ($12) dishes including mushrooms marinated with tarragon and served with crusty ciabatta bread.
The ‘crispy thins’ are very moreish with an oozing filling pistachio, hazelnut, feta, mozzarella and mint. More substantial plates for $15 include thick slices of rare eye fillet beef drizzled with a caper vinagarette and a plate of aged prosciutto and Shaw river buffalo.
There are only two desserts on offer but they are both sensational. The white chocolate mousse mini pots ($11) has to count as one of the best desserts I’ve had this year. The creamy, rich mousse is topped with tart fresh passionfruit delivering a delicious flavour combination.
What’s on offer at Merricks Creek is simple but the produce used is top notch. The family feel to this winery and simple, rustic food make it a great addition to the Mornington Peninsula.
Gourmet Chick was a guest of Merricks Creek Wines
Details: Merricks Creek Wines, 44 Merricks Rd, Merricks, Mornington Peninsula (Ph 03 5989 8868). Cellar door open 11-5 on weekends.
Damage: Reasonable but on this occasion I did not pay.