We'd been to De Bortoli before as part of our Yarra Valley wine tasting trip and knew it was one of Australia's largest privately owned businesses. When we were there last, we'd hunted high and low for a De Bortoli brother for my friend Suzi but no such luck!
Sunday lunch at De Bortoli is a set 4 course menu for $70 with wine pairings at $29 which represented excellent value so decided to indulge. A thank you to Daddy Charis who was our driver! The wine was a very fine way to chase those last remaining cobwebs of a hangover from our overindulgence at ezard the night before!
We kicked off the meal with an antipasto platter comprising of:
Fior de latte, hand crafted mozzarella
Asparagus al vapore
Sicilian white anchovies, wild fennel and celery hearts
The salty salami and anchovies were a really flavoursome contrast to the more delicate flavours of the mozzarella and asparagus. We also had bread with a deliciously creamy goats cheese dip.
Next came spiced scallops, farro salad with Summer vegetables. The scallops were plump and meaty and the spicing unusual. I love scallops and it was really refreshing to have them in a less traditional way. The farro salad was also yummy, the grains of wheat being almost risotto like.
Main course was local beef fillet with raddichio agro dolce and salsa verde. The salsa verde had a zesty grassy taste that cut through the sweetness of the raddichio chutney. The beef fillet was a little tough for my tastes as it was cooked medium and I prefer my beef rare. The accompaniments of rocket salad topped with grated goats cheese and roasted potatoes with rosemary and garlic were very moreish. The peppery rocket a good reinforcer of the salsa verde's grassy element and the roast potatoes had that perfect golden crunchy quality that is intrinsic to a good roastie.
Moving onto dessert; grappa and vanilla panna cotta with Noble One roasted local peach. Panna cotta is one of my favourite desserts and this was a good version although the grappa didn't really come through. Maybe that's a good thing though. The peach was nice but too much of it and I had to leave half. We also had a glass of Noble One dessert wine with this and it picked up the peachy and vanilla flavours and scents of this dessert nicely. A good way to end the meal.
I'd recommend De Bortoli as pleasant place to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon with friends and family particularly if someone else does the driving! It's a great place to end a weekend in a relaxing way. Thank you so much for treating us Mr. and Mrs. Chung!