The abundance of excellent food and wine

in the Lethbridge area will tempt your taste buds during your visit to Moranghurk. The area is known for its quality wine and food, much of which can be sourced within a few kilometres of Moranghurk.

Moranghurk vineyard

Ross and Liz established the Moranghurk Vineyard in 1997 planting 0.6 hectares of pinot noir and 0.5 hectares of chardonnay grapes. The vineyard is run using organic principles and is in the process of conversion to organic certification. It produces excellent fruit with the Moranghurk 2003 Pinot Noir in the Gourmet Traveller’s best 100 new releases in 2004. Liz and Ross, their family and friends pick the grapes and they are transformed into a delicious drop by Mount Langi Ghiran winemaker Dan Buckle.

Tasting notes:

Pinot Noir

  • 2003: Clear brick red colour with a complex bouquet of cherry and cocoa. Strong Burghundian features with high acid and balanced tannins. The wine has great length and is in excellent condition considering its age.
  • 2004: Brick red colour with a classic cherry nose and high acid, balanced tannins and good length on the palate. Drinking well now. ($150/doz plus delivery)
  • 2005: Brick red colour with a bouquet of cherry, plum and cocoa. A complex mint is also present with an intense mid palate and great length. A very good wine in Stelvin closure and in the mould of 2003. Will keep for many years. Drink now or cellar. ($200/doz delivered)
  • 2006: None due to smoke taint
  • 2007: None due to frost
  • 2008: Not yet released. An intense wine with classic cherry and plum nose. High acid and strong tannin. A very good wine in the making.

Chardonnay (limited stock)

  • 2005: Strong citrus flavour on the nose with nectarine and crushed nut. The palate is complex and intense with a long finish. The best chardonnay yet produced and made in a classic chablis style.
  • 2006: Delicious wine similar to 2005 but has more citrus than nut in the bouquet and shows a long elegant finish with high acid.
  • 2008: Filtered with skimmed milk to precipitate the phenolics and the colour will be significantly lighter.

Wine tasting and purchases

Ross will happily provide a wine tasting during your stay at Moranghurk Homestead with prior notice.

For more information about our wines or to place your order, email rewilkie@bigpond.com

Wineries in the region

Excellent wines can also be found nearby at:

Wood-fired pizza oven

When it comes to food, the wood-fired pizza oven and combustion stove in the Shearers’ Quarters have cooking enthusiasts salivating before they even break out the first bowl. Traditionalists, those involved with the “Slow Food” movement or those who simply love to cook will delight in turning out roasts, scones and bread from these proven gourmet-producing appliances.

For those who prefer to relax and leave the gourmet cooking for another time, there is an electric stove and a classic wood-fired barbecue to make the cooking easy while keeping hunger at bay.

Events

Moranghurk Homestead played host to “Go the Whole Hog” as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in 2010. Over the weekend renowned central Victorian chef Peter Ford demonstrated to participants the butchering and use of an entire hog carcass and in doing so put the wood-fired oven to excellent use.

Local farmers markets

Fresh produce ranging from cheese and wine to vegetables and bread are available locally. The Golden Plains Farmers Market and Buninyong Farmers Market let you indulge your desire for local produce fresh from the farm. The Golden Plains Farmers Market is held the first Saturday of each month at High St, Bannockburn, and the Buninyong Farmers Market is the third Saturday of the month at Desoza Park, Buninyong.

Visitors need to provide all their own food and drink during their stay.