Close your eyes. Imagine your enveloped in quality cotton in your luxurious king bed. As morning fast approaches the nightly gentle frog song is quickly replaced by familiar Australian bird song. You’re not in Melbourne any more. You’re in one of Australia’s most comfortable, boutique, country properties – Lindenwarrah in Milawa.
Lindenwarrah is nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range – Victoria’s breadbasket. The King Valley is considered one of Australia’s premier gourmet regions with exceptional honey, mustard, chocolate, berries, olives and more.
Once Kelly country then tobacco country, the area was settled by Italians who recognised the potential for wine-making. Dal Zotto, Pizzini, Politini, Primerano and Sam Miranda are the King Valley vignerons who grow outstanding Italian varietals including Sangiovese, Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Friulano and Barbera.
Lindenwarrah sits proudly in the middle of it all. Step outside and you’re just across the road from the acclaimed Brown Brothers Winery and Epicurean Centre. Situated amongst 3 hectares of merlot vines Lindenwarrah has the Lancemore imprimatur. It is timeless Australian country chic, amongst tranquil Mediterranean gardens. Walking in and around the property you notice some outstanding and colourful Indigenous, Asian and modern art.
Like most of the Lancemore properties there are plenty of lounge spaces ideal for reading with a mandatory glass of red in hand.
At Lindenwarrah you can also relax under the trees where you can nearly touch the vines. WiFi is free if you really feel the need to connect to the real world.
When you can break away from the wine trail there’s a Health Centre on-site with a solar-heated pool, spa, massage and beauty treatments. Rooms and suites are sumptuously furnished with stunning views of either the vines or manicured gardens through the floor to ceiling shuttered windows.
Bathrooms are filled with the wonderful scents of Australia courtesy of the beautiful Appelles soaps and lotions.
Restaurant Merlot is an expansive light-filled space adjacent to the vineyards. White linen clothed tables and Thonet chairs seem at home with the European leaning menu. Executive Chef Aaron Jose draws inspiration from the region incorporating much of the local produce.
Potato and goats cheese agnolotti is surprisingly light and fresh with creamed peas and zucchini and a little cherry tomato. Milawa quail is pepita crumbed served with a chickpea and bean tagine topped with a herb labne.
The twice-cooked pork belly wouldn’t win a beauty contest but it makes for what it lacks in the looks department with incredible flavour. Accompanied with braised Mt Zero green lentils, salsa verde with the requisite sweetness coming from Stanley apple and plum chutney. The Scotch fillet is cooked perfectly to order with a red wine jus, a swipe of carrot puree and dauphinoise potato.
A slice of rich Turkish chocolate tart with coffee cream is adorned with perfect little saffron meringues, a sprinkling of pistachios and some Persian fairy floss. Amaretto in the kiwifruit semifreddo makes it a contender for dessert of the night. Dotted with kiwi gel and nuggets of house made honeycomb the cool dessert sits next to a churro-like cinnamon puff.
Lindenwarrah’s restrained elegance makes it a popular weekend getaway for busy Melburnians seeking seclusion. Mid-week you can escape the throngs on the wine and gourmet trail and make Lindenwarrah seem like your own country home. The only interruption to your moment of bliss? The gentle croak of Lindenwarrah’s resident frogs. http://www.lancemore.com.au/lindenwarrah