One of our go to places when in the Western suburbs is Lamonts Wine Store in Cottesloe, and with a whiff of spring in the air we decided to make the trip down on the weekend.
The most noticeable elements when you enter are the long and high wine-rack along one wall, and the low walls of wine boxes which act to partition different areas of the room – not a bad look if you are a wine lover! Styled on a European enoteca all wines are available for purchase to takeaway but can also be served in house for an additional corkage charge.
We sat at a small table beneath the wine racks, and checked out the menu and wine list by the glass which is small, interesting and ever changing – of course the whole store of wine is available should you choose.
Lady FWO kicked off with a glass of Lamonts own Vintage Sparkling, 2013 –made from Cabernet Sauvignon it has a salmon blush, a bouquet of raspberries and spice and flavours of tart cranberries – crisp, dry and elegant – while I opted for a French white – Sylvain Mosnier Petit Chablis 2015, a bouquet of lemon blossom, with zesty citrus notes, while the palate, fresh and concentrated exhibited flavours of grapefruit and lemon with a bracing mineral note to finish. Later we also tried a Spanish white, Veiga da Princesa Albarino 2015 and La Cobotte Colline Grenache/Syrah blend, also 2015; the former with peaches and pears on the nose, followed by a palate bursting with grapefruit, tropical fruit and with a racy mineral edge while the French red has a perfumed nose with aromas of blackcurrants, a full rich palate with well-rounded tannins, flavours of dark plums and a spicy finish.
The food revolves around sharing – and we find around three of the smaller dishes are usually all that we need – so to begin we ordered Burrata – the wonderfully creamy and buttery filling oozing from the layer of buffalo cheese – served with green peas, broad beans and lemon oil, this was all we expected – fresh flavours, the mild acidity of the cheese complemented by the legumes and the citrus notes of the oil. A perfect spring day meal.
Next truffled artichoke – creamed artichoke infused with mushroomy, earthy truffle – smeared on toasted and oiled crusty bread, and topped with thinly sliced, salty, aniseed flavoured, fennel seed salami – another light refreshing dish, full of complementary flavours and texture.
Our final dish – fried haloumi, squeaky, melting and creamy, nestling under peppery rocket, paper thin slices of yellow skinned persimmon, with its sweet, crunchiness and dotted with nutty pine nut crumble – wonderful.
As always we found the wine and food at the Wine Store to be top class – it has a lot going for it – friendly and helpful waiters, outstanding food with oversight by Kate Lamont, and a simply exceptional range of wines, curated by John Jens. It is one of the best going around….