Last Sunday I visited McIvor Estate winery in Tooborac on the southern side of the Heathcote wine region for lunch. $20 bought a tasting plate of their olives and olive oils, salad and more delicious woodfired pizza than my girlfriend and I could eat, along with tastings of their new release wines. Apart from narrowly missing a kangaroo on the Hume Fwy on the way, it was a pleasant 90 minute drive on a lovely spring day.
Their marsanne roussanne, shiraz and cabernet merlot are fine wines, but what I like most are the sangiovese and nebbiolo. The former is very fresh and fruity and the latter is perhaps the best Australian nebbiolo I’ve tasted (it’s a variety I think Victorian wineries are still to master). With another fantastic cellar door, Shelmerdine, nearby on the same road, it’s worth stopping at Tooborac if you’re heading to Heathcote and beyond.
Garlic pizza (above), margarita pizza and chorizo and prosciutto pizza (below).