It’s June, it’s winter, it’s a long weekend and the sun is out. What’s to do? The only answer to this question is head out of the city and enjoy some great rosé, great food and take in the views.
90 minutes south west of Melbourne via Geelong lays the Bellarine Peninsula. The jewel of the Bellarine is the Jack Rabbit Vineyard. Positioned on the north side of the Bellarine, the vineyard commands a beautiful sunny position with views over Port Phillip Bay back toward Melbourne.
There are two dining options at the Jack Rabbit Vineyard. There is the casual dining at the House of Jack Rabbit and a more formal experience at the Jack Rabbit Restaurant.
We chose to dine at the restaurant and were very glad we did. It’s a beautiful glassed space with sweeping views out over the vineyard and across the water. It is a view that you never get tired of.
We started with chilled garlic and herb prawns with a green chilli sorbet and a tuna crudo. A chilli sorbet for starters felt like a strange choice but it was beautiful in giving you that kick of chilli which was then washed away by the cool sorbet.
For mains we had duck breast on onion tart and the eye fillet steak with duck fat chips. Both dishes were perfect.
Because the sun was out, this was all washed down with their 2016 Jack Rabbit Rosé. A pinot noir rosé that that is full of flavour and goes well at any time of the year.
There could not be a long weekend better spent than the short drive to the Bellarine and whiling away the day with beautiful food, a brilliant rosé and losing yourself in THAT view.