After lunch with a view of the vineyards, dining at its finest and wines that will find you polishing off a bottle oh-so-easily?
Get out the GPS and pop in Ekhidna Wines.
We’ve been to this cellar door and restaurant many a time when it was in its old home on Foggo Road- and boy was it good. When it closed its doors we were in a state of mourning, but that all changed when we saw it pop up again in its new digs on Branson Road.
Their new space is big, beautiful and takes in one hell of a view.
The cellar door itself has a rustic feel, which opens out onto an outdoor dining area where in the warmer months you can soak up the sun with a wine in hand. If you haven’t tried Ekhidna’s wines, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the range on offer for tastings (with no tasting fee, so good!).
My picks for their lighter wines include the Shiraz Rose, Pinot Gris and Sparkling Shiraz (perfect in summer). Their reds list is long and hard to fault. The other half rates the Linchpin Shiraz- a lovely drop for a reasonable price. If you’re willing to spend a little more, then a glass of the Rarefied Air Shiraz is worth every penny. If you are a beer drinker these guys also have you covered, with a range of their own beers on tap available by the glass or in a tasting flight.
If you want to make a day of it then you need to grab a seat by the window in their new restaurant- make sure you come hungry. The interior is light, bright and relaxing, with very attentive and friendly staff on hand happy to guide you through the menu and wines to pair with each dish.
The new menu is seasonal, showing off some of the best produce the Fleurieu Peninsula and near by regions have to offer. We feasted on the Winter menu, boasting options of fish, pine mushroom gnocchi, goats curd and pickled baby beets and brisket croquettes. If you are really hungry their Chefs choice of shared entrees, main and dessert is an absolute winner at $65.00.
We kicked things off with starters- a plate of chicken liver pate, fig glaze, pickles and toasted brioche and house made dips, grilled rosemary and garlic flatbreads.
The pate was smooth as and the dips were packed full of flavour- the carrot dip was our favourite. The flatbreads were the perfect combination and full of salty, rosemary goodness.
For mains I devoured the slow roasted pork belly with pumpkin, sage, braised witlof and quince, while the others had Steak with pesto sauce, baby carrots and puree.
The pork belly was super crispy and melted in your mouth. It as cooked to perfection and the table was in awe. The others loved their steak- when it was cut it was like butter and the pesto sauce packed a punch.
We passed on dessert, not like me at all, but I must admit it’s because we were so full and I wished I had worn elasticated pants. We will be back again because their chocolate mousse with caramelised banana, hazelnuts and honeycombe is calling my name.
If you are looking for a long lunch with a cracking view and beaut wines then this is the place to go.
You can find Ekhidna Wines at 67 Branson Road, Mclaren Vale