Join Chris and Cullen for lunch
EATT Gourmet with a Pinot from Central Otago where before lunch even starts Chris spills a few beans about the naming of the Bendigo region, home of the Bendigo wines.
Bendigo wine a the name of a block of vines known as the Gibbston Valley Winery Bendigo West Vineyard and the Bendigo east vineyard.
The Gibbston Valley Winery Restaurant merges stunning surrounds with the elegant beauty of wine and food.
Prepared by Head Chef Anthony Gradiska, the seasonal menu features carefully-selected ingredients that reflect local flavours and expertly match The Gibbston Valley wines.
The site is staggeringly bright, beautiful and precisely positioned to produce wines that elicit, exude and exceed in their class on complexity with a depth that's drawn deep from within this glacially carved landscape.
The Gibbston Valley Winery, Bendigo wine region consists of the Bendigo West Vineyard located at an altitude of 400 meters, and the Schoolhouse is the highest of the Bendigo Vineyards giving both spectacular wines and views from its grand and majestic place within the valley.
Its gradual gently sloping North face is remarkably frost resistant in this ancient looking landscape which lies adjacent to the original School building which formed an important part the heart the local Bendigo community.
The stark beauty of this vineyard, created by a unique combination of compounded finer glacial outwash and schist soils add brilliantly to the much later and more cooling ripening process of the grapes. This impact on the grapes and vine as the early autumn colours of Central Otago are just emerging.
Interestingly for those of you who don’t know some of the varied origins of the name Bendigo here are a few that may or may not come as a surprise
From the Collins dictionary states
A city in SE Australia, in central Victoria: founded in 1851 after the discovery of gold. Pop: 68 715 (2001)
The wines from the Bendigo region
Each of The wines from the Bendigo region packs a unique aspect of the site and soil.
School House Vineyard
Starting at the School House Vineyard where the flavour Profile is elegant, concentrated, perfumed and mineral.
Soil: weathered and windblown fine schist loess above moronic gravel debris and a calcareous layer Variety: Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris Characteristic: Our highest altitude vineyard with steep gradient, complex soil and spectacular views Flavour Profile: Wines are elegant, concentrated, perfumed and mineral
China Terrace Vineyard
Where the Flavour Profile is abundantly ripe red fruits, structured and savoury
Soil: loess and sand over glacial outwash and schist Variety: Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay Characteristic: Complex Soil that contains more nutrients and moisture Flavour Profile: Wines are abundant in red fruits, structured and savoury
Where the flavour profile is a robust, fruit driven and inherently very much Central Otago
Soil: loess and sand over alluvial gravel Varietals: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris Characteristics: windswept and remote Flavour profile: Wines are robust, fruit driven and inherently Central Otago
Red Shed east & west
Soil: loess and sand over alluvial gravel Variety: Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, and Riesling Characteristics: Gravelly warm sites that ripen early