Sirromet: Qld’s finest wining and dining experience
Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 5:36 pm
Sirromet – a favourite Queensland winery – is more than just a stop for wine lovers, taking wine appreciation to the next level with fine dining and prestigious events. Olivia Pollard says it is in the “not to be missed” category for travellers in south-east Queensland.
As I sip a crisp chardonnay soaking up the Queensland sun, the spectacular view across Moreton Bay and North Stradbroke Island add a special touch. Neatly wedged between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, this magnificently situated winery overlooks undulating hills covered in ripening vines.
On the rear deck of the winery is the restaurant, Lurleens, providing ambience, a relaxed atmosphere and quality service – as the chef Andrew Mirosch creates gourmet meals with fresh Australian produce.
The coolness of bluestone walls and high ceilings give an aged feel to this new enterprise.
The vines are clearly visible; one can picture luscious grapes maturing during the warmth of the day.
Sirromet creates its own niche in a competitive market.
For the past six years, the restaurant seems to have had a “superglue” grip on the Best Restaurant in a Winery award from the Queensland Restaurant and Caterers’ Association.
On the menu, main courses range from fresh snapper and figs to crumbed lambs brains.
Seafood fanatics should find their palate well satisfied by the healthy offering, taking in delectable prawn cutlets and yellow fin tuna.
Entrees start from $21.90, mains from $33.90, desserts $20.
Nadine Delahunty, a frequent and dedicated visitor, says it is all “impeccable”.
“The relaxed ambience, the beautiful views, food cooked to perfection and not to mention the amazing wine is what makes Sirromet so special.”
As a credentialled taster, I decided to check on the winery’s award-winning performance.
Guided by a helpful waiter down to the cellar door, the smell of fermentation is enough to make you a little tipsy.
The tasting room set-up is “classy” with a modern edge.
I try the new viognier: Taste buds explode with flavour; this white is fruity but beautifully balanced.
Secondly, it was time for the celebrated 2005 Merlot. Tastes fill my mind of Christmas cake.
Thirdly, the Shiraz: “Heavenly heavy.”
I finished with some ‘Bubbles’, the house’s sparkling wine.
A little jolly I continued to the vineyard, where the garden layout has rich coloured roses at the end of each row of vines, to give a romantic feel. There’s a small arbour covered in white roses and ivy in the middle of the vines where marriages take place.
I chat with Lurleen Morris, matriarch of this family-owned concern.
She imparts that Sirromet is an inversion of the name of her husband, Terence Edward Morris – founder and owner of the winery complex.
“He has fulfilled his lifelong dream by creating Sirromet wines,” she says.
People from around the world visit Sirromet, for the wine – and events, with concerts featuring performers like John Farnham and Chris Isaak attracting up to 6,000 people.
In July it hosts its own main event, the Sirromet Wine and Food Festival, bringing together live entertainment, gourmet foods, children’s rides – and of course quality wine.
Mr Morris has described his goal in life as creating a winery equal to the best in the world.
“Tell me any winery that is better,” he says.
There is no accommodation so far at Sirromet winery so it is best to do day trips from the Gold Coast or Brisbane.
Sirromet Winery’s address is 850-938 Mount Cotton Road Mount Cotton.