Mantons Creek & Quattro: Secluded Beauty Meets Epicurean Edge
Address: 240 Tucks Road, Shoreham VIC 3916, Australia
Varieties: Sparkling, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Muscat and Sweet Rose
Once an orchard, herb farm and horse stud, the 19-acre property of Mantons Creek was re-developed in the 1990s to become the vineyard we know and love today. Located in a secluded part of the region Mantons Creek has just recently taken over by new owners to breath some life into what is an incredible opportunity. In a secluded location slightly off the beaten track the setting is picture perfect. With a big deck and pretty outlook it’s definitely worth checking out.
If that wasn’t already enough they have also teamed up with the Epicurean group serving wood-fired pizzas and sharing style meals at Quattro Restaurant. You can warm yourself with one of their wines by the open fire, or relax in the adjacent dining room for a bit more space.
There are so many different wine that are produced it’s hard to find a focus but their range is a mix of single-variety wines and traditional mixes.
Such is the quality of their wines that it’s hard to highlight just one, but special mention should be made to the uniqueness of their Maggies Paddock blend. This is made with a combination of Gewurztraminer and Pinot Grigio, to produce a dry, summery affair with sweet aromas of lychee, rosewater, and grapefruit.
If you’ve been to the Epicurean Red Hill, you can expect much of the same thing here, just on a slightly smaller scale. That means you can enjoy the same delicious pizzas and tasting menus, just in a more intimate setting than the busy and popular Red Hill Epicurean.
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Among their 19-acre estate there is plenty to feast your eyes on, including picturesque views of the vineyard, beautiful gardens, and a patio to enjoy it all from. You might even get to say hello to their resident donkey, if you’re lucky. Mantons Creek offers suites for overnight stays as well, to fully allow for guests to immerse themselves in the decadent experience (and perhaps to accommodate for a few extra tastings).
With newly decked out restaurant and chic-modern tasting room and counter it has brought was was almost a daggy and desperate space to the forefront, and is fast becoming one of our new favourite stops.
What we like
It’s a tough call to make, but we think that Mantons Creek is just about one of the most picturesque settings on the Peninsula. Everything has been so masterfully designed, right down to the cute potted plants that liven up the property.
We think the new owners and the pairing with the Epicurean group has breathed new life into what is a gorgeous property.
What we don’t like
Unfortunately the wine tastings can be underwhelming and unengaged. We are not sure if it is new staff still learning the ropes but they have some ways to go in hitting the mark for the tasting experience. Lets hope they can improve as it will be the final piece of the puzzle.