Port Phillip Estate: a coming of age
By Sara Schwarz
For many months now, Mornington Peninsula locals and visitors alike have watched the re-development of Port Phillip estate with anticipation. The curved Mornington Peninsula limestone earth walls visible from the road have teased us long enough and now finally, we are invited through to the other side.
What strikes you first is the 180 degree views over Port Phillip Bay. Elevated off the ground, with the winery and six apartments below, Port Phillip’s cellar door and restaurant both enjoy exquisite views over the farmland and out to Phillip Island thanks to the curved wall of wall-to-floor windows which embrace the simply stunning vista.
Elegantly appointed throughout with dark timber and beams, the interior with its high roof and dark tones could easily seem stark if it weren’t for the views out. As it is, the building's design seems to be a picture frame.
Port Phillip Winery
Winemaker Sandro Mosele, who is responsible for many award-winning wines across the Peninsula region, has a stunning new winery to play with. For visitors, a viewing area to the winery and barrel room can be reached down a wide staircase enclosed on each side with the limestone earth walls – it gives the feeling of delving down into an Etruscan tomb but then opens up to a light filled area where visitors can share in the mayhem of vintage time from a safe distance, with glass in hand.
Port Phillip Dining
Chef Simon West and his wife Libby have come full circle. West now capably in charge of Port Phillip Dining, made a name for himself at the Mornington Peninsula’s Paringa Estate and then Montalto Restaurant before crossing the Bass Strait to Tasmania’s Meadowbank Estate in the pinot-growing Coal RIver Valley. Now safely ensconsed back on the Peninsula, locals and visitors alike will soon be flocking through the doors – bookings are most definitely advisable.
The new cellar door and restaurant will be open from early December 2009.
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