“There’s no such thing as a great wine from Queensland.” This was the statement that sparked the beginning of Sirromet Winery. Queensland entrepreneur and
businessman, Terry Morris was determined to prove his Victorian friends wrong. Since opening in 2000 Sirromet has collected over 700 prestigious national and international wine awards, most recently recognised as a 5-star winery by James Halliday.
On a sunny Autumn day, the Sirromet wine tour followed by lunch at the Tuscan Terrace is a great way to spend a few hours. The ambiance is relaxed and the view is gorgeous, just make sure you nominate a dedicated driver!
Our wine tour, led by guide Donna, took us down into the vines, up to the main building, including viewing Terry Morris’ private wine cellar, winemaker Adam Chapman’s wine sensory room, the barrel room (which was set up for a wedding reception), wine production area and finally, to the cellar door.
Once back at the cellar door, Donna explained the six ‘S’s to tasting: Stem (hold by the); See it; Smell it; Swirl it; Sip it; Savour it. Al and I actually thought of another one, ‘Scull it’, which I wouldn’t recommend, but it did make people laugh.
As you would expect, we were given the spiel about joining Club Sirromet gold or silver membership but it wasn’t a hard sell and the benefits are quite good if you wanted to try the full range of Sirromet wines and enjoy discounts on meals and other events.
After tasting a full range of whites and reds from sparkling through to dessert wine, we were ready to enjoy lunch at the Tuscan Terrace. The menu is extensive, much bigger than I was expecting. It covers everything from wood-fired pizza and hand-made pasta dishes through to veal scaloppini, slow-braised lamb shanks and light options like the chargrilled pear salad and the Tuscan salad with smoked salmon. It really does cover a lot of bases, catering to everyone’s needs.
We enjoyed; large green olives stuffed with spicy pork, crumbed and fried (a serve of ten $14.90), beer battered chips with salsa verde and garlic aioli ($10.90), Tuscan crudo pizza with Italian meatballs, fresh mozzarella, sugo, salami, white anchovy, ham, mushrooms and mortadella ($24.90) and one of the specials of the day, wood-fired ham hock, wilted peppered cabbage, truffle potato mash, pork crackling with a Sirromet cider and wild mushroom sauce (big enough for two people $29.90).
The food, using premium ingredients was seriously tasty. We enjoyed it all, but in particular the ham hock dish was sensational. Andrew told us he soaks the hock overnight in a brine and then cooks for several hours in a slow oven. The cabbage braised in pepper and vinegar and the velvety truffle mash were perfect accompaniments as was the cider and mushroom sauce. So tasty!
The specials board on this particular day also included South Australian mussels ($22.90), char-grilled fillet of Spanish mackerel ($27.90) and baked seafood lasagna ($27.90). There is also a children’s menu ranging in price from $12.90 to $17.90.
Despite my love of dessert, there was no way I could manage another bite but the choices on the day (for those who need to know) were Tiramisu; crisp meringues with fresh fruit, chantilly cream and shaved white chocolate or the warm gluten free orange, pine nut, almond and chocolate cake served with vanilla bean gelato. All $12.90.
Located at Mt Cotton, Sirromet is a pleasant drive from Brisbane or the Gold Coast and would make a brilliant weekend day-trip.
Tuscan Terrace: Open for lunch Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 3pm and Sunday 11am to 3.30pm.
Winery tour and tastings ($20 per person)
Wednesday and Thursday – 12.00pm
Friday – 10.30am, 12.00pm and 2.30pm
Saturday and Sunday – 10.30am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.30pm, 2.00pm, and 3.00pm
Check out some of Chef Andrew’s recipes here.
850 Mount Cotton Road
For the Love of Food enjoyed the wine tour and lunch as a guest of Sirromet Winery.