OZ and Tassie travel blog

McLaren Vale from Coriole Vineyards

Mount Barker

23 November

A wet and windy morning, Ruth started on family tree research and then everyone was hooked. Paul produced a book of old photos collated by cousin Peter; fascinating. Out to the supermarket for a few things, lunch, dinner. The day seemed to fly by although we did manage to get some washing done and dried between showers. New to the household, a ‘ragdoll’ kitten, charging around and causing great amusement.

24 November

Another lazy start to the day, more family research, then out to Hahndorf for a wander. Ruth bough a dress and I bought a hat - Australian made; very stylish. We dropped in to a winery, well why not? Hahndorf Hill produced a very acceptable rose, red and desert wine. Well we just had to taste them all. Fortunately Paul doesn’t drink alcohol at all and was happy to drive, so we were able to have a good tasting.

Quick stop at the supermarket for a few things, Ruth cooked dinner and everyone collapsed; bedtime!

25 November

A little, but not much, earlier start today. We were to drive to McLaren Vale for lunch. We set off, through mixed farming countryside, could have been England, but for the fact that the trees were all eucalypts. A lovely drive, a beautiful day. Arrived in McLaren Vale and found our first cellar door; Fox Creek Wines. A small but really friendly cellar door, we tasted the whole list, many of which had won gold awards, so we bought quite a few; well we are going to be here for a few more months yet.

We spent quite a while at Fox Creek before realising we had to find Red Poles, our lunch booking. It was just opposite Wirra Wirra Wines where we had tasted on our last trip, so we just had to call in and make sure the wines were still as good, and they were. A very pretty setting, lovely gardens. Bought a few more bottles then headed across the road for lunch. Nice lunch, during which we tried some of their wines, ok but didn’t buy any.

Heading out, Rosemary announced there was another winery she wanted to visit, so our driver dutifully swung the car round and off we went to find Coriole Vineyards. A bit nearer the coast, which the presenter explained made a difference to the wines - the cool ocean breezes in the hot afternoons. Anyway the wines were delicious, and....they had a sale on! So we visited the sale barn, tasted and bought a few bottles before returning to the tasting room to join Rosemary and Paul. Rosemary was well into the rose, having tasted the whites already, so we just had to catch up and try and keep pace. Very nice wines once again, but by now we felt we had bought enough and as it was closing time we reluctantly left. It was five o’clock in the afternoon; where did the day go?

Nice drive back to Mount Barker, dinner, long catch up chat, play witht the kitten, get prepared to leave for the Grampians in the morning, bed.

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