If heading north from the ACT, it’s an easy trip to the cool climate wine-growing region in the Yass Valley. Just a short drive from the hub town of Murrumbateman, I am welcomed at the Murrumbateman Winery cellar door by the vocal kelpie/husky rescue dog, Mollie. I’m the first customer for the day, so it’s pretty quiet in the simply decked out wine tasting room, so Mollie keeps me company while I wait for my scones. It’s too early for wine tasting, but I am told Mollie has a Sauvignon Blanc named after her with the sales of her wine supporting the ACT RSPCA. Cool. At first glance, the scones remind me of those made by CWA ladies, but I’m sorry to say, these taste a whole lot better. The perfection is subtle and they taste like they were baked this morning. Although the chunk of strawberry jam is nothing more than average, the thick whipped cream is slightly sweet and is a lovely addition to the spread. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Tea: A basic range of Diplomat teabags served in a two-cup teapot.
Overall: An understated vineyard with a chilled vibe and Molly as a welcome mascot.
Location: 131 McIntosh Circuit, Murrumbateman NSW 2582 Ph: 0432 826 454 murrumbatemanwinery.com.au
Reviewed May 2019