I found Sublime wine on the Internet when I was searching for something special to book for my boyfriend and I. It looks fantastic, just up our street! Owned by a couple called Fenella and Steve. An overnight stay, breakfast and a three-course dinner each including wine is only $250 around £125 it is amazing! Everything they serve is from their land. Including the wine, which comes from their vineyard. I called Fenella about 6 times that day to tell her about when we wanted to come, what time we were coming and where they were as well as a number of emails. They were great and extremely accommodating!
When Fenella told me they were in the middle of nowhere she really meant it! We drove through eerily quiet villages with no one around. It was like something out of a horror scene. It was raining, dark and I swear the cows had a wild look in their eyes! My BF was winding me up the whole way, saying we would get there and we would actually be the dinner! I have a wild imagination and actually become concerned at where I have bought us! We arrive and are greeted by Steve with a big smile on his face and he doesn’t look like he wants to eat us ☺. Their place is gorgeous, even in the pouring rain!
Steve shows us to our room, we walk across the terrace and he opens the all glass patio doors to our room. It is so quirky and has real character! I love it! There are two bedrooms at Sublime at the moment so you could go as a group of four, which would be fun too! It is very romantic for the two of us though. Our bedroom opens onto the beautiful dining room. There is long, wooden, dramatic table that stretches down the length of it and there are two places already set out for us.
Next stop the kitchen where Fenella is busy preparing our dinner. It smells unbelievable! We are both very excited about this! It is great to meet them both and they are so enthusiastic about what they do and share our passion for food, wine and travel. We start the evening sampling some of there local pinot rose, it is a blend they came up with and only has a slight tinge of rose. It is floral, fresh and citrusy. We take a seat at the table after nattering for a bit and try the starter of fresh artichokes dipped in homemade aioli. I have never eaten fresh artichokes, you peel the spikey outer to uncover a yummy center!
Fenella proudly brings out the main course of slow cooked leg of lamb or Murray as we are told he was called (My BF finds this very upsetting, although not that upsetting that he doesn’t eat it) it is the best tasting lamb I have ever eaten! Thank you Murray ☺. It literally melted in your mouth! Served with caramelized onion jam, Polenta cake and roast sweet potato. All washed down with locally produced Pinot Noir! Yum Yum! We are offered 2nds and we politely say HELL YES! After filling our stomachs to bursting with the amazing food, Steve brings out desert. It is like Christmas in a cup! It is alcohol soaked fruit with a crumble topping and brandy cream!!! We both finish it all!
After almost three bottles of wine between us, it is fair to say I am fairly tipsy and wearing what my BF would call my drunken face ☺ I am also very full! My BF is the same, one more drink could be our downfall! Steve brings in a couple of bottles of whisky, now I know I am not going to try this out, I pour a glass of wine instead! Alex however gives it a go; bearing in mind he is not a whiskey drinker! He knocks back a shot and I can see this was not a good idea. We stumble back to the room, which is next door thank goodness!
Tonight is the first night in almost three weeks that we have not slept in our cubbyhole in the camper van, it is the best nights sleep ever! I can see why Steve and Fenella love this place! Particularly when I open the curtains in our room and it is a perfect day. The sun is peering over the mountains in the distance and shining onto the garden and vineyards in front of us! Not bad! We go through for breakfast and they have laden the table with freshly made stuffed pastries, fresh bread, home made jams, home made muesli, fresh orange juice, great coffee!!! All this followed by home made beef and garlic sausages with plum sauce and bacon from the farm. Yum Yum!!! We are soooo stuffed!
After sitting outside in the sun letting our food go down we move on, drive towards Christchurch which will be our final destination. If we had time we would of driven south from Kurow down the coast to visit Fluers Palace in Moerkai http://www.fleursplace.com/. This is apparently the restaurant Rick Stein would come back to before he dies, it is beautiful and on a great peninsula with fantastic views. I am gutted we missed this. We would recommend everyone who goes to New Zealand to go here! It is Incredible and not to be missed!
If you are going to NewZealand and would like to check out the adventure of two foodies and winos, who love life and adventure sports around the North and South Island for 3 weeks in a camper van then take a look at www.carpediem-life.com ! Feel free to contact me and to comment for more info :). We are also travelling around Australia and South East Asia, if you have a second check it out!