Seppeltsfield Wines

Disclaimer: I am not an expert in wine. My views of the wines and cellar doors are based on my personal experience. It’s mostly on my interaction with the staff and owners.

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Let’s start of with the interesting history…

“In 1850, Joseph Seppelt, an emigrant of Silesia, purchased 158 acres of land in the Hundred of Nuriootpa from Hermann Kook, farmer of Tanunda, at £1 an acre. Designating it ‘Seppeltsfield’, Joseph’s original intention was to farm tobacco, with later Seppelt generations concentrating the estate’s efforts on grape growing and winemaking.

The family’s business grew rapidly in the late 1800s, feeding demand from England for wines and spirits out of ’imperial preference’, as well as the supply of medicinal Brandy to Australian hospitals.

Seppeltsfield flourished into the 20th century, as part of the Seppelt family’s expanding interests in the liquor industry, which grew to include vineyards and wineries across various Australian regions. Along with wine, the Seppelt stable included spirits such as Brandy, Gin and Vermouth, as well as an assortment of cordials, vinegars and essences.

Regarded as one of Australia’s most successful wine dynasties, the Seppelt family maintained ownership of their wine interests, including Seppeltsfield, until 1985. B Seppelt & Sons, as it was then known, went on to evolve into a period of corporate ownership which extended nearly three decades.

The estate returned to private ownership in 2007, now under the custodianship of proprietor Warren Randall – a qualified viticulturist and winemaker who worked for the Seppelt family during the 1980s. The estate is viewed by Warren as a custodianship of the Seppelt family legacy.”

Though we didn’t get any wines here, the staff was really very friendly and helpful. She gave us lots of good recommendation of the wineries around the area. Other than the friendly staff, the scenery here was stunning. We came at the right season and were blessed by good weather.

3Look how pretty this wall of red autumn leaves look

5A vintage Jaguar

Since it was almost lunch time, we decided to stay for our lunch at Fino. The menu is very interesting, it reflects a progression in flavour from lighter to more robust. The dishes are smaller than a main course and is designed to be shared. Sounds prefect for us, we were so stuffed from all the wine tasting.

4Our lunch, a combination of starters and a chocolate moose cake

Website: Seppeltsfield Wines

Opening Hours: 10:30am to 5pm, 7 days a week. Closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

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Malacca Food Journey

The last (and also the first) time I went to Malacca was almost 10 years ago so when my bestie asked if I’m interested to go for a weekend trip, I’m all up for it.

We hopped on the WTS coach from Singapore Flyer at 7:30am. I had a really bad experience taking the overnight coach from Singapore to Ipoh. To my pleasant surprise, this coach was really clean and spacious.

IMG_3063_meitu_2On our way to Malacca

We finally reached after ~4.5 hours on the road. We had some time to spare before checking in so we decided to feed our hungry tummies first. Our first meal was Nonya food at Restoran Nyonya Suan.

3Salted vegetable duck soup, Sambal brinjal and Rendang chicken

We especially liked the salted vegetable duck soup. It reminded us of the taste from our childhood, so nostalgic. The rendang chicken was not too spicy and very flavourful. The sambal brinjal was something we could give it a miss.

Though the lunch was very filling, we could not resist getting a slice of mille crepe from Nadeje.

IMG_2970No surprise that we chose the flavour, Malacca

A crowd favourite.  This Mille Crepe is an homage to the Malaccan roots. The distinct flavours of Gula Melaka, coconut and Chendol permate throughout this dense and creamy concoction to deliver that classic Malaysian experience. 

The mille crepe is moist and soft. You can definitely taste the gula melaka, coconut and chendol. However, it is not something that I will add to my must-eat list.

coffeeFixing my coffee craving with San Shu Gong white coffee

For people who think white coffee is too sweet, you should try this. You can taste the coffee yet it is not too sweet. Another plus point is that you can make a big mug of coffee with just a packet. Remember to get some back as souvenirs.

A trip to Malacca will not be complete if you didn’t go snacking along Jonker Street.

IMG_3034First stop, smelly tofu and chendol

The plan was to have many little snacks along Jonker Street before heading over to dinner. Hence, we didn’t go and search for the famous chendol and just had one at a random stall.

IMG_3038Next up, tim sums to share

IMG_3043Followed by quail eggs

After all the snacking, it was time for dinner. We did go all out to search for this Capitol Satay and got lost along the way. Special thanks to the cleaner who guided us to the correct path.

IMG_3057Check out the queue. We waited around 20-30 mins before we got a table.

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The concept is something like lok lok. Pick the food you want and cook them in the satay sauce hotpot. Unlike eating satay with ketupat, they serve bread here. The sauce is pretty spicy so for people who can’t take chilli, this might be too spicy for you.

IMG_3059End of feasting! 16 sticks conquered.

That’s the end of Day One. Now we move on to Day Two.

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Our stay came with complimentary breakfast at the hotel. The selection was really good, ranging from western selection like salads, breads and cakes to local delights like nasi lemak and prata. We were the most impressed with the live prata station.

Even though we had a really heavy breakfast, we were determined to squeeze in one last meal. We saw this interesting cafe on our first day and decided to give it a try.  The Calanthe Art Cafe serves specialty coffee drinks from all the 13 states of Malaysia.

breakfast Perak and Penang coffee, Claypot e-mee laksa and Fried spring rolls

The concept of the cafe was really interesting but I was quite disappointed with the coffee. Maybe because I ordered it cold, with the whipped cream and the jelly, I could not get a good taste of the coffee. The claypot e-mee laksa was fantastic. The gravy was thick and flavourful and it paired really well the e-mee. A must try!

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What I wear in Melbourne

If someone tells you the weather in Melbourne is crazy, it’s true. I experienced autumn, spring and summer during my 1 week trip.

I will try to find the links of the clothes and include them below. As most of them are old purchases, they might not be available anymore. Hope you like my style and enjoy reading…

Day 1: Arrive at Melbourne at noon. Exploring the city (Rod Laver Arena)

IMG_1672_meitu_1Comfy airport attire

Shirt: ASOS Jacket: Uniqlo Jeans: Zara

Day 2: Markets visiting – South Melbourne Market and Queen Victoria Market. Followed by free walking tour

IMG_1753_meitu_2Before the free walking tour

Shirt: Zara Jacket: Uniqlo Jeans: Zara

Day 3: 14 hours at the Great Ocean Road

IMG_1794_meitu_23 layers of clothing but still feeling cold. Saved by the morning hot tea

Inter Jacket: Primark Outer Jacket: Uniqlo Jeans: Zara

IMG_1863_meitu_3At 12 Apostles. Feeling the afternoon heat

Shirt: Uniqlo Jacket: Uniqlo Jeans: Zara

Day 4: Yarra Valley Boutique Wineries Tour. Exploring little lanes

IMG_1930_meitu_4Feeling hippy at Hosier Lane

Shirt: Cotton On Jacket: Uniqlo Skirt: ASOS

Day 5: Birthday!! Free Melbourne Town Hall Tour. Spent the whole day by the beach. Ended the day finding penguins

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Shirt: ASOS Dress: ASOS

Day 6: Puffing Billy

IMG_2046_meitu_22Beautiful weather at Gembrook

Shirt: Uniqlo Jacket: Primark Skirt: ASOS

Day 7: Outlet Mall Shopping Day

We were too busy shopping hence no outfit photo for the day.

 

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2017 Recap

Recapping my holidays for 2017.

March 2017

Family trip to Seoul. Since it was a family trip, we did not do much. I have never been to Nami Island and wanted to bring my mum there. However, we didn’t manage to wake up in time. People normally wake up at 4-5am in order to cover most of the locations. A mental note to self to visit Nami Island the next time I visit Seoul.

May 2017

Wine tasting around South Australia. We spent 1 week at South Australia, visiting Barossa Valley, Kangaroo Island and McLaren Vale. We had lots of wines, plenty of barbecue and gained lots of weight. I really gained 10kg after the 7 days though no one believe me.

July 2017

The year is not complete without a beach holiday. We decided to try a new location, Krabi. I tried out snorkeling and I really love it but I’m not impressed with the parasites in the sea. The number of parasites in the water will depend on the season you go and the beaches you visit. If you have high tolerance to bite and itch, I guess it will not be an issue.

October 2017

It’s my birthday month and I always try to have big plan in October. I am lucky enough to spend my birthday in Melbourne. We tried many touristy stuff and explored some unconventional things, i.e. visiting the townhall and penguins sighting at St Kilda beach. I will be back maybe with my sister or my family.

November 2017

A quick holiday to end the year. We love Bangkok for the cheap and good food. I don’t think we did lots of shopping this time round. But the good food is enough for us to come back for more.

5 holidays in 2017. Not the most number of countries I visited within a year but I’m happy with how things are being planned out – holidays every 2-3 months. Looking forward to all my holidays in 2018.

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The Amazing 14 Hours at Great Ocean Road

Can you enjoy the best of The Great Ocean Road without going on a self-drive? Yes! We did. On a day tour with Go West and here’s what we did…

We started the day with a morning tea by Torquay Beach. Great for people who missed breakfast due to the early pick up.

IMG_1795_meitu_1The spread. Cakes with hot coffee, tea and chocolate

IMG_1794_meitu_2The hot tea saved us from the cold

IMG_4987_meitu_3The start of the Great Ocean Road

IMG_1793_meitu_4Wefie by the beach

IMG_4990_meitu_5Stunning view. Different shade of blues

IMG_1815_meitu_7Lunch at Kafe Kola along Kennett River

IMG_4996_meitu_8Kolas spotting near Kola Kafe

IMG_5003_meitu_6Continuing our journey after lunch

IMG_5005_meitu_10A walk at the Great Otway National Park after lunch

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IMG_1820_meitu_9A short stopover at Apollo Bay for toilet break. And for us, an ice cream break.

IMG_1830_meitu_112 Apostles. Can you find the 12?

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IMG_5076_meitu_1Loch Ard Gorge

The gorge is named after the clipper ship Loch Ard, which ran aground on nearby Muttonbird Island on 1 June 1878 approaching the end of a three-month journey from England to Melbourne. Of the fifty-four passengers and crew, only two survived: Tom Pearce, at 19 years of age, a ship’s apprentice, and Eva Carmichael, an Irishwoman emigrating with her family, at 19 years of age. Pearce was washed ashore, and rescued Carmichael from the water after hearing her cries for help. Pearce then proceeded to climb out of the gorge to raise the alarm to local pastoralists who immediately set into plan a rescue attempt. After three months in Australia Carmichael returned to Europe. Four of her family members drowned that night. Pearce was hailed as a hero, and continued his life living until age 49.

The arch of the nearby Island Archway collapsed in June 2009. The feature now appears as two unconnected rock pillars. They have since been officially named Tom and Eva after the two teenage survivors of the Loch Ard shipwreck.

IMG_5070_meitu_6Location of the wreck

IMG_5049_meitu_4The Razorback

IMG_1850_meitu_9Gibson’s steps

IMG_5087_meitu_1At Gibson’s steps, you will be able to view the two of the Apostles from beach level. I was too lazy to walk down so I took the photo from the steps.

There was a short stopover in a small town for dinner and we reached our hotel at around 9 plus. For people who don’t drive, I highly recommend joining this tour.

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Being a kid – Puffing Billy

What is Puffing Billy? Puffing Billy is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. This century old steam train is still running on its original 25 kilometre mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook, through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges.

Will an adult enjoy the ride? Absolutely!!

Puffing Billy is located in the Dandenong Ranges, 40 kilometres or one hour east of Melbourne. We took a train from Melbourne City and it took us slightly more than 1 hour to reach Belgrave.

IMG_2005_meitu_1Welcome to Belgrave

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IMG_5240_meitu_3Hello uncle! We know we took many photos but I don’t think we are the worst.

IMG_5247_meitu_4Ready to depart. A mummy and her baby sending us off.

IMG_5251_meitu_5Crossing the timbre bridge

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IMG_5259_meitu_6Our views

IMG_5270_meitu_8We reached the first stop over. The friendly locals sending us off.

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IMG_5284_meitu_10Preparing for our 2nd half of the journey

We had 30mins to explore the Emerald Lake Park at Lakeside Station before we hopped on to the next train to Gembrook.

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The Emerald Lake Park has BBQ facilities and picnic tables making it an ideal place to relax alongside the lake. Unfortunately, it was drizzling the whole morning so we didn’t manage to explore far.

IMG_2022_meitu_16Continuing our journey through the forests

IMG_2029_meitu_17Passing by a small town

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IMG_2069_meitu_24The final station – Gembrook Station

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We had around 2 hours to walk around and had a light lunch before we head back to Belgrave station.

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We chose to travel from Belgrave to Gembrook (return journey) and the whole journey took us about 5 hours. The puffing billy website gives very clear instructions on how to get there and what are things you can go at each station.

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The Hardware Société

IMG_5128My favourite breakfast place in Melbourne.

To be honest, I didn’t go to many cafes. Out of the few that I went, this is definitely my favourite. Strongly recommend and I will be back when in Melbourne.

IMG_1942Simple layout yet with its own character

IMG_5126_meitu_1The coffee area

IMG_1944The kitchen. Chefs busy at work satisfying our tummy 😛

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Time for the food….

IMG_1950Starting the day with a cup of coffee is a must. My choice for the day was cold drip.

IMG_1952Baked Eggs – Un. Scallops, cauliflower puree, leek, crispy jamon.

This is a must try! I’m not an egg lover but I’m in loved with it. The eggs are done to perfection – soft and fluffy. If you are not a seafood lover, there is another option. Baked eggs – Deux. Chorizo sausage, potato, piquillo peppers, queso mahon, toasted almonds, aioli.

IMG_1951Lobster Benedict. Lobster, citrus hollandaise foam, soft herb, bun noir, 64 degree eggs.

You can check out the menu here but I noticed it was slightly different from the one that I had.

Location: 120 Hardware St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

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