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Soup and gum trees

Lovely lunch and wine tasting + attentive service at Merricks General Store on the Mornington Peninsular, served by Maria in the restaurant and Joyce at the tasting bar. We matched the Baillieu 2009 shiraz with the Merricks platter of terrine, meats, cheese and olives and wasn’t it a pleasure!

But what’s this outside on the porch (right) … the weirdest barrow load of pumpkins we’ve ever seen? They’d be wasted in a soup … more at home as a table decoration.

After lunch we wandered over the road to the Stonier Wines cellar door and selected a 2010 pinot noir for $28 and a 2009 Halcyon chardonnay ($45) while we admired the glorious flowering eucalyptus in the garden (below) … now if only someone can tell me the name of the variety of eucalyptus. Apparently others have asked. Love to know.

Here’s the “top shelf” offerings back at the General Store … talk about vintage!

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