Last week my husband I got back from a very large two weeks on the road. We had a week or so of meetings in Dubbo, Orange and Bathurst and then we drove to Maleny in the Queensland hinterland for a wedding. After leaving Bathurst however, we stopped overnight in Mudgee in a beautiful little b&b called Evanslea. We received the night’s accommodation as a wedding present and rather than use it immediately we thought we’d graciously save it and use it for our anniversary or nearby. Apparently we would not anticipate how full up this year would become and we weren’t able to plan a weekend away but this worked out perfectly anyway.
We arrived in Mudgee around lunchtime and we had decided to opt out of a bus tour, given our busy schedule and just stop in at a couple of wineries and then tuck into a bottle back in our beautiful accommodation. We rolled up Tinja Lane at Lowe and the first thing we noticed was that it was hot. Very hot. We scampered to the cellar door where we were very pleasantly greeted and offered a tasting via a series of flights of wines. We accepted and were seated in the beautiful outdoor area (lots of umbrellas to relieve the heat thank goodness.)
Lowe wines are mostly organic and made with as little intervention as possible, the Zinfandel is something else. A truly beautiful wine. David Lowe was there when we were but we missed out on meeting him this time.
We warbled away a chunk of the afternoon and eventually we came to the end of our flights and had a very serious discussion about our purchases. We were on the road to Queensland but were flying home… so two bottles each in our checked baggage. We made our choices, paid and headed off on our way.
Our next stop is an old favourite, Di Lusso Estate. It’s a beautiful winery (we’re actually members) and I’ve tasted no wine I revere as much as I do Di Lusso’s Vermentino. The fruit for this year was a blend from both Di Lusso’s vineyard as well as the Angulon Vineyard in Orange so it’s a little… firmer (I am clearly not a connoisseur) but still highly ranked for me! It being a Sunday we were edging close to closing time (4pm) so we tasted a few wines but didn’t mess around for too long, we knew we were here for Vermentino so we bought up and headed outside to enjoy the beautiful grounds for a little while.
We stopped off to buy the essentials; cheese, crackers, proscuitto and some bbq stuff and salad for dinner and bunkered down in the Willow Cottage at Evanslea for the evening. Our gorgeous little cottage had a spa and a kind of deck and sitting there having a wine and chatting with my husband as the sun went down was just so perfect.
We loved our very short but very sweet stay at Evanslea, Vicki and Andrew were excellent hosts and can I just say the breakfast the following morning was amazing! I was expecting something very basic but we enjoyed a pot of tea with the most delicious apple and rhubarb crumble with yoghurt followed by ham and mushroom on Turkish with a glorious slice of brie sitting atop. We had a truly wonderful time and I hope we will be back soon.