Carolyn, my friend I was staying with in Kaitaia, decided
we would go to a winery for a decadent lunch. So
after looking on-line we decided on Marsden Estate... Near Kerikeri.
This is the bar and wine tasting area. We decided to do some
tasting before choosing a bottle of wine to have with lunch...
It was a lovely experience with several award winning
wines to choose from.
All the awards on the wall...
This is what we chose... Marsden Bay of Islands,
Black Rocks 2013. Mmmm...
We had looked at their menu on-line... It sounded so good. Carolyn chose
Saffron & fennel risotto with pan seared scallops & Italian pangrattato.
I decided, after much deliberation! on... Twice baked goats cheese
souflee with flat leaf parsley, caramelised onion & green salad.
It was so delicious we just had to have dessert - Vanilla Creme
Brulee with vanilla bean ice cream and mini shortbread.
We finished our lunch with coffee...
An Affogato for me!
This is inside the cafe. We lingered so long we were the last to leave.
Across the covered in roof is a lattice of beams all
draped with grape vines... It would be lovely, leafy
and green in the summer.
This is the view out the clear plastic walls, which can be
rolled up in the summer, looking into the garden...
All the grounds are beautiful and in the summer guests are
free to walk and wander amongst the vines and explore
Outside are the wine vats...
And barrels of maturing wine...
It was a great place for a delicious lunch.
I highly recommend it as a 'Must Visit' place
to eat and walk and dream amongst the vines...