We have been to the restaurant on the Black Swan vineyard numerous occasions, all the time coming away impressed by the standard of the meals in what is among the Valley’s best vineyard eating places. The eating space has fairly views over lawns on the again and right down to the vines and the Darling Scarp within the background; the room snug and with a welcoming atmosphere.
The menu modifications repeatedly and all the time appears to have one thing new that appeals to us – on this event we determined to share an entrée earlier than shifting onto the mains.
That starter set the usual – crisply fried semolina coated squid rings, exceptionally tender, served with a salad of cucumber, pink capsicum, fried vermicelli with Thai herbs and spices. The Asian spice blended superbly with the squid to supply a superb starting to our meal – and as with all the dishes right here was of beneficiant measurement, simply sufficient to fulfill us each.
To the mains – first a basic of the French kitchen – Beef Bourguignon – tender braised beef, cooked in a casserole with pink wine, mushrooms, bacon, onions, garlic to supply a shiny, fragrant stew, completely seasoned, hearty and scrumptious. A actual nation kitchen dish good as we head additional into the cooler months. This was served with broccolini, carrots and a purée of earthy parsnip.
The second of our decisions, pan seared scallops, plump, filled with salty flavours of the ocean, served in a big, open spinach ravioli, in a heady bisque created from prawns and lobster, with a slosh of basil oil including aromatics and delicate aniseed flavours.
With our meal, we ordered a bottle of the 2014 Bordeaux mix – a mixture of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. It is a stunning wine – lifted blackcurrant, chocolate and plum aromas on the nostril, with extra black fruit, mulberry, bitter cherry and liquorice on the palate; the tannins are clean, and the oak remedy leads the wine to an extended, full end. It would definitely cellar properly over the subsequent 5-7 years and is a superb accompaniment to meals.
We have all the time discovered the service right here to be pleasant, welcoming and attentive and it was no totally different on this go to. Black Swan is nicely value a go to when subsequent you’re within the Valley – excellent meals, complemented by good wines, and a stunning setting, make for a really nice event. We advocate it.
One final level – as you’ll collect the kitchen has a French affect and annually prepares a particular menu to rejoice Bastille Day – falling this yr on a Sunday – and the menu sounds thrilling – test it out at http://www.blackswanwines.com.au/blog/bastille-day-black-swan-winery/
Definitely value reserving a desk, it’ll promote shortly!