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Published March 10th 2016
Dogs are welcome too
On the grounds of the historic Waverley Estate on Waterport Road at Port Elliot, you'll find an appealing little place called No.58. It's perfect for lunch and it's open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Everything about this place is appealing to me. The wine, the food, the coffee, the clothing, giftware, homeware and art. Now where should I start?
Wine. Let's start with the wine. No. 58 owners Campbell and Anna Haig have their own label, Thunderbird, and with the help of Emma, a winemaker from nearby McLaren Vale they produce small batches of wonderful wine. Current varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Moscato, a Shiraz and two red blends.
Since it was a warm afternoon when I last visited, I thought I'd try a cold Sauvignon Blanc. Although delicious, I chose to compare it with my favourite summer wine, Rosť, and ended up ordering a bottle (I had a friend along) to have with lunch. It was pale in colour, French in style and I'm sure I got aromas of strawberry, watermelon, and rose petals.
Although not extensive, the summer menu features organic, local, seasonal produce which the Fleurieu is increasingly good at. I chose a Quinoa Salad with Grilled Haloumi while my friend decided on the Smoked Salmon and Dill Slice with Salad.
Both dishes were fresh and flavoursome and harmonised beautifully with our chilled Rosť.
For a moment there I was transported in my mind back to the south of France. Understandable really, The Fleurieu Peninsula was named after the French explorer and politician Charles Pierre Claret de Fleurieu, Thunderbird winemaker, Emma, is French and happy dogs are welcome at No. 58. Just like in France.
We ordered coffee and shared a Blueberry-Frangipani Tart to round off our lunch. And fortify us for gift shopping and gallery viewing.
The Providore aspect of No. 58 offers artisan breads, handmade locally, Rio Coffee, dried organic fruit and 'Owen's free range eggs'. Owen is Campbell and Anna's young son and has clearly inherited the entrepreneur gene.
The walls of the gallery are filled with an eclectic mix of art. Featured at present are the works of still life and landscape artist Tom O'Callaghan, Goolwa artists Lisa Ingerson, Arky Mauer and Cheryl Anne Brown and owner Anna Haig.
The metalworks by Anna Small & Warren Pickering are inspired by sea and flowers and there's jewellery by New Zealander, Jo Luping.