James has favourably reviewed some of our local wineries with Pondalowie Vineyards awarded a five star rating.
The wines reviewed, the Pondalowie 2008 Vineyard Blend and Pondalowie 2008 Shiraz both achieved scores of 94/100 with the Vineyard Blend identified as “offering special value for money”.
Krystina Morris, winemaker and co-owner of Pondalowie said, “We are thrilled to have achieved a five star rating for the eighth year in a row.”
Sample the Pondalowie drop along with other high-scoring wines at Pondalowie Cellar and Store, 123 View Street, Bendigo open 12 to 5pm Saturday and Sundays or other times by appointment. Phone 5444 4842 or 0407 959 299 or visit www.pondalowie.com.au.
Mandurang Valley Wines also received high scores for its 2009 Shiraz and 2009 Old Vine – a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlo, and contributed to Bendigo’s growing reputation for producing quality white wines with the 2010 Chardonnay scoring 90/100 points.
The winery itself again received four and a half stars overall from Halliday, an excellent salute from the well known wine writer, critic, winemaker and senior international wine competition judge.
Wes Vine, owner of Mandurang Valley Wines, who produces the wine with son Steve, was understandably thrilled with the ratings, “Obviously, we rate these wines very highly ourselves, but to get these ratings from James Halliday confirms our thoughts.”
Wes also commented on the success of the Bendigo and Heathcote wine regions as a whole. “It is fantastic to see so many wineries from our regions scoring four or more stars with many individual wines scoring 90 or above.
“People are starting to recognise Bendigo and Heathcote as exceptional wine regions.”
Mandurang Valley Wines cellar door at 77 Fadersons Lane, Mandurang is open for lunch, light snacks and cake from 11am until 5pm on weekends and public holidays or by appointment at other times. Phone 5439 5367 or visit www.mandurangvalleywines.com.au.
The Age weekly food and wine guide, Epicure has singled out Bendigo restaurant, The Dispensary Enoteca as having one of the 12 finest beer lists in Victoria from a listing featuring only three regional restaurants.
The article by James Smith, Australia’s most recognised and celebrated beer expert, stated “If Tim Baxter hasn’t created Australia’s best overall drinks list in Bendigo, he must be close”.
Dispensary owner, Tim Baxter said, “I was thrilled to be even mentioned in the article, but to be featured as one of the state’s finest restaurants with quality beer lists, was a real honour”.
“Other than the amazing depth and breadth, what makes our beer list truly unique is that we have massive amounts of information and tasting notes about each and every single beer – most places just list a price”.
The Dispensary at 9 Chancery Lane, Bendigo is open seven days. Phone 5444 5885.
Tooborac Hotel & Brewery have won gold and bronze medals at this year’s Royal Adelaide Beer Show.
In a broad field including indy-brewing giant Coopers, the Tooborac Hotel & Brewery’s Woodcutter’s Amber Ale was awarded a bronze medal while the Blacksmith’s Porter collected gold and the Champion Porter Trophy.
The award winning brews were hand crafted by the Tooborac Hotel & Brewery’s new duo of accomplished amateur brewers turned pro, John Chapman and Simon Lew.
Tooborac Hotel & Brewery owners, James and Valerie Carlin are quick to acknowledge the achievements of their new brewing team. “John and Simon are a huge asset to the Tooborac Hotel & Brewery,” says James. “I’ve no doubt that this will be the first of many awards.”
The Tooborac Hotel & Brewery is open daily for meals, beer tastings and brewery tours. Phone 5433 5201 or visit www.tooborachotel.com.au. – Vicki Harrington