It’s no secret that I have a big love for the Perth Hills, in particular the Kalamunda area where I grew up. Back in the 1980s there wasn’t much to look at in the Bickley Valley – it was full of orchards, a couple of boutique vineyards and aromas from the Wheat a Bix factory. It’s still full of orchards and vineyards, though it is fast becoming an area full of places to visit, like The Core Cider House and many wineries with cafes and restaurants dotted through the bushy valley.
We went for a Sunday drive with my parents and ended up at a relatively new winery – Plume Estate. The carpark is down a steep gravel driveway, so we dropped my mum at the entrance. There’s a cellar door and a light and open rustic café – which has balcony views out over the rolling hills.
At Plume, the wines are made by Myattsfield and their range includes a sparkling pinot noir, a rosé made from merlot, some chardonnays, merlot, shiraz and a fortified shiraz too.
There is a beautiful Labrador called Nugget at Plume, who was chilling out at the cellar door. We were devastated to loose our Labrador, Bailey, mid last year. Though it was a few months down the track, I actually struggled with seeing a dog so similar to our Bailey. I was really fighting tears. Nugget seemed to have the same kind nature and was happy to have a gentle rub too.
We shared a Turkish Platter, $40. It’s really meant to be shared by 2 people, but we all just felt like a light graze – having already had lunch. It was well stocked platter: Turkish style meatballs Hummus, Egyptian dukka, Wilura Margaret River Olive Oil, Sicilian olives, almonds and marinated goats cheese. On the side was a loaf of sliced Turkish Bread.
All the produce on the platter was of exceptional quality and very fresh. I particularly relished the tasty meatballs – with it’s rich tomato and cumin flavours. Also, I don’t usually eat green olives (just Kalamata), but I really enjoyed the Sicilian olives. They were plump, firm, fresh and they actually tasted like an olive – not like the salty brine soaked olives I’ve had in the past.
A glass of red went down very well with the food and my Mum bought a bottle to take home too. There is a limited menu, but there is also a cheese platter, sliders and some sweets available too.
Plume’s owners are warm and welcoming, it’s a relaxing place to be. Little Chef was stoked that there was a small basket of toys to play with and he was occupied with duplo, while we enjoyed the view.
It’s a lovely little spot for nibbles and a vino. We enjoyed Plume and would certainly return…
… especially for those meatballs!