We headed up to the Perth Hills on Sunday afternoon, dropping into Due Jolly, a small winery in Pickering Brook, in bucolic surrounds – pretty views over fruit trees to bushland – with a little outdoor area with tables and shade. With grapes sourced from regions as far apart as Chittering and Geographe they produce a range of reds and whites of some quality.
They have taken to serving light meals – and they have a producer’s licence allowing the purchase of glasses of wine to drink while having your meal. The meals are uncomplicated – a vineyard platter – meats, terrine, cheese, bread and fruit – as well as bruschetta in warmer months and at the moment with cool weather nice warming soup; also coffee and cake are on offer.
It is a pleasant drive up that way and despite being so close to town, the Perth Hills region really makes you feel as if you are a world away from the bustle of the city. Their range is available for tasting and we came away with some bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernets blend, Merlot and one of my favourites from the winery-Vermentino.
We sat out on the deck, admiring a number of horses tethered nearby while their riders were partaking in lunch and ordered the soup – it was a pretty cool, if sunny, day and hot soup was just the ticket. Spiced pumpkin with raisins and slivers of almond, the soup was well-seasoned, creamy and thick, and the raisins and nuts added a little extra texture – served with slices of garlic rubbed and toasted ciabatta – lovely.
Along with the food we ordered a glass of Secco – sparkling chardonnay –and sat back to have a look around and enjoy the scenery and quiet. The wine is dry, a fragrant bouquet of apple and brioche, the palate full of crunchy apple and citrus notes – set the soup off very well.
As with all of the Perth Hills wineries Due Jolly is well worth a visit – the wines are very good, the food simple fare but well turned out, the welcome enthusiastic and the outlook very fine indeed. We really enjoyed our stopover and will be back soon….as soon as our dozen wines run out, which knowing us will not be very long!