Ambrook Wines, in West Swan Road, Caversham have acquired a restaurant licence which allows the sale of food, and wine to consume at the winery by glass or bottle, as well as the usual tasting of their range and takeaway wine.
Food on offer includes a couple of platters – cheese and cheese and meat, as well as pizzas, olives and home-made arancini – all served under cover on their veranda or inside the tasting room itself – the small garden and lawn area makes for an attractive and restful outdoor dining experience. A couple of winery dogs complete the bucolic picture.
They also sell their own range of olive oil and vino cotto.
The wines are sold under the family name, Amonini Premium wines, and encompass a range of red and whites, a couple of sweeter wines, rosé, moscato and fortified. A six pack of red seemed a good idea when it came time to leave.
On our weekend visit we sampled a number and then retired to the veranda with a bottle of rosato, a cheese platter and the two dogs – one was happy to sleep under the table in the hope that some food may fall that way, while the other, younger, was much more interested in chasing a ball which was returned time and time again.
The cheese platter was generously sized indeed – three large chunks of cheese, along with bread, crackers, fruit and a delightful tapenade. For $23 it was a bargain.
Their 2016 Vermentino showed some characteristic apple and pear notes on the nose, with zingy citrus on the palate; refreshing summer drinking.
The 2017 rosé or Rosato as it is labelled, is made from Sangiovese is in short supply and is only available at the restaurant by glass or bottle, not for tasting or purchase. Bright pink it has aromas of toffee apple and strawberries, retains some mid-palate sweetness, finishing dry, clean and fresh.
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, plums and blackcurrant aroma and flavours – soft tannins with a little chocolate as well. Easy drinking.
Sangiovese 2015 shows some sour cherry aromas, while the palate is dusty, chalky and with tart cherry and plum flavours.
Grenache di Vaccie Vite 2014 has a fragrant bouquet of dark fruit and chocolate, with raspberry and strawberry flavours supported by fine tannins. Produced from 70 year old vines.
Ambrook makes for a very pleasant stopover when out and about in the Swan Valley – the opportunity to sit back in a garden setting with a bottle of wine and some rustic food adds to its appeal.