Barongarook – Otway Estate

This was a first. My husband failed to finish all of the potato on his plate. And it was quality potato. A gratin of thin potato slices interspersed with cream and smothered in a rich red wine jus.  In fairness to him he did manage to eat all of the meat on his plate, a 500g medium rare piece of rib eye.  I would have helped him out but I was having trouble getting through my duck red curry.  Usually a duck dish has only a few tasty morsels of flesh but in this dish the tender, slow cooked duck was flacked through the entire curry.  There was so much that I struggled to finish all of the meat and was utterly disappointed that I had to leave some rice soaked in the mild curry sauce at the bottom of my bowl.
Otway Estate is about a 15 minute drive out of Colac along a meandering tree lined road. Established in 1981 the winery is somewhat unique in that uses only estate grown grapes to produce its wines. But there is a lot more to Otway Estate than wine.  It is also a restaurant, a gallery, boutique accommodation and most importantly a brewery. 
Oh no! Wasted beer!

It was the Prickly Moses Beer range that we had previously tasted at the Geelong Show which encouraged us to choose Otway Estate for Father’s Day lunch. There are 12 beers in the current range including a red ale which shimmers like a hot summer’s sunset, the strong farmhouse ale with an alcohol content of 6.3% and a light beer which doesn’t taste light at all. All of the beers are produced on site using pure rainwater.

All fathers on Father’s day were entered into the draw to win a Brewer’s Day Out, an introductory brewing course. As luck would have it my father in law was the winner.  The prize includes lunch and a slab of the beer made on the day delivered to your door. Let’s hope he shares!
·       The cellar door is open 7 days from noon to 5pm where you can taste not only the wines but the Prickly Moses range of beers. 
·       Otway Estate is hosting ‘Otway Oktoberfest 2011’ on Saturday 22nd of October from 10.30am to 6pm.


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