I was down to my last 800 kilometres, so I decided to drive down to Margaret River and back.
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I'm really looking forward to the release of the 2009 Calgardup Brook Chardonnay. There was none available for tasting, because it's coming out around Easter, but Lisa told me that unlike your standard unctuous, in your face Aussie Chardy, it's made in a Chablis-style, dryer, fine minerally texture, and floral. Wow.
Being a tad hungry, having been driving for 3 hours, I ordered a pork rillette for $13. This is a simple, yet seriously tasty, meal. Probably designed to be shared, so I shared it with myself. The pork was creamy and melted in your mouth. I washed down this tasty meal with a tasty beverage - the Three Amigos White, and it truly complemented the food, which is apparently what this wine was designed to do, so there.
Working in the shop on a Sunday were Lisa and Ryan's sister Emily, who were both friendly and knowledgeable about the foods and wines. The service is just excellent - Lisa provided old milk bottles with frozen water to help the meats survive the long drive back to Perth, and Emily helped carry some of it to my car, while lamenting that being in hospitality, her weekend is Monday and Tuesday, when all her friends were partying during the real weekend. My parting bit of life advice to her was this - if anyone ever offers you a novated lease, say NO.