Pt. Leo Estate April 2020 Newsletter

[vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][vc_column][vc_column_text]From the onset of 2020 our initial communications seem to be acknowledging disastrous events occurring in our communities and abroad. It is certainly a confronting and challenging period that is undoubtedly impacting every Australian.  
The Australian spirit is innately positive and together, we will find a way through this. One day, the sacrifices and difficult decisions that the vast majority of Australians are making today, will be referenced as international best practice for many generations to come.
Wishing you all good health and well-being throughout this time of uncertainty. As for Pt. Leo Estate, much has temporarily changed, but many things remain the same. We have followed Government advice and have temporarily wound down our food and beverage offer by closing Laura, Pt. Leo Restaurant, the Wine Terrace and the Sculpture Park until it is recommended to re-open. Our Cellar Door remains open, but in accordance to community health advice, we won’t be offering wine tastings. For now, its take away wine sales only from 11am through to 5 pm daily with online sales made by 12pm dispatched daily through Australia Post.
The annual Pt. Leo Estate Easter Egg Hunt was set to be huge in 2020 with an almost sold-out event prior to its cancellation in mid-March,  and our first Easter Saturday community market left many interested participants and stall holders disappointed with the news that it wasn’t going to ahead either. Pleasingly, the Easter Bunny will still be visiting the Peninsula on Easter Sunday and will be dropping off the many Easter eggs to our local hospital wards and aged care centres instead of the Sculpture Park.
The vineyard is still marching through vintage and whilst most of the fruit is now well on its way to becoming wine, the nets remain over the small 5-acre parcel of Shiraz protecting the near-ripe fruit from adoring wildlife. Preliminary reports from the winery are that although quantities are not as abundant as previous years, the quality of all the fruit remains high and the team are super excited with the progress of our first ever Pt. Leo Estate NV Brut Sparkling wine due to be released later in the year.
Back on the property, the team are working hard at maintaining contact with the broader community.  Our weekly ‘Virtual Wine Tasting’ is helping many viewers decide which wine to buy online while taking advantage of the 15% discount across our entire range and a 25% discount for our Wine Club Members. We are also planning to bring the Sculpture Park to life for you via a virtual tour of the park.
We continue to work very hard at getting ready to re-open the doors when given the green light. None of us know when, but we assure you that as soon as the time comes, we will be ready and looking forward to the most important aspect of this amazing property, YOU!
On behalf of the entire team at Pt. Leo Estate, we miss you all terribly and we cannot wait to see you all again.
Keep well and stay connected.
Roger Lancia
General Manager, Pt. Leo Estate
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March 8th, 2020 celebrated the second birthday of our fine dining restaurant, Laura. With all that was happening around us, we didn’t get the opportunity to celebrate this milestone with our guests and team!
We wanted to extend a belated and enormous thank you to everyone who has visited our much-loved dining room. For those that are yet to visit. Laura’s offering has been designed by Culinary Director Phil Wood. Phil’s elegant and thoughtful dishes convey the unique region that is the Mornington Peninsula, showcased in an intimate and luxurious space, which invites guests to take their time over lunch or dinner and enjoy the stunning vista of our famous Sculpture Park and onto Western Port. Having won Best New Restaurant in the 2019 Good Food Guide Australia and being awarded 2 Chef’s Hats in both 2019 and 2020 in the same publication, Laura has definitely made a positive impact on diners, reviewers and media throughout the country.  Internationally, Laura’s inclusion in Relais and Chateau sees it joining a prestigious group of 100 stand-alone restaurants in the world and one of only five in Australia to be included in the guide.  Congratulations to Phil, Ainslie and their teams for having achieved so much in Laura’s first two years.

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Pt Leo Estate Welcomes a New Fine Dining Restaurant


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Laura, Mornington Peninsula Review by Michael Harden


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The Winners of the 2019 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards


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Hottest Wine Program  – The Weekend Australia Hot 50


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Did you know that our award-winning fine dining restaurant, Laura is named after one of the sculptures in our Sculpture Park?
The Celebrated Spanish artist, Jaume Plensa, is best known for large-scale figurative works installed prominently in major cities around the world. Several of these are colossal heads cast in iron while others are cast in polyester resin mixed with marble dust.
With its softly modelled features, Laura is typical of the artist’s series of monumental female heads with their eyes closed in reverie or meditation. Viewed from the front, the heads are exaggeratedly narrow like certain portraits by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti; while the peaceful expression recalls Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s ‘sleeping muses’ in bronze and marble. However, when viewed from the side, Laura appears fully modelled and naturalistic. This interplay of perceptions is a feature of Plensa’s work generally
Further works are fabricated in stainless steel as cage-like frameworks comprising letters or texts that allude to the theme of globalization. Plensa works both in conventional sculptural media as well as with water, light, sound and video.

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We are delighted to announce our recent award from Gourmet Traveller Wine 2020 Best Cellar Door Awards! A big congratulations to our team for providing an outstanding food and wine experience for our guests. 
While this experience is very different during this time, our Cellar Door is still open for takeaway wine sales from 11am – 5pm daily.  We are offering a 15% discount off all Pt. Leo Estate wine purchases! Apply the ‘stockyourcellar15%’ discount code to your online cart or even better… increase your discount to 25% by joining our Wine Club today!
The Vineyard is quite possibly at its most beautiful and colourful throughout the month of April. As the Shiraz prepares itself for picking, all the other varietals are well on their way to becoming wine, and with that the sea of vibrant green in the 50-acre vineyard start to show hints of yellow and gold as the canopy thins out ready for its winter hibernation.In the winery, the wine making team are optimistic with what the vignerons have produced, and their job now is to carefully manage the various stages of fermentation throughout the varietals. Once fermentation is complete its off to tank for our aromatic wines such as Pinot Gris and Rose. Our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir make their way to barrel where they will age for several months.

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To celebrate Easter, we are giving away to one lucky winner, a three pack of 2019 Rosé, 2018 Pinot Gris and 2018 Pinot Noir Pt. Leo Estate wine and a Koko Black Chocolate Easter Hamper. Parents win some wine and the kids enjoy some delectable chocolate – it’s a win-win in our books!
A winner will be announced Easter Sunday 12th April 9am AEST. Entrants must be 18+ years or older. This competition is in no way endorsed by Instagram or Facebook. By participating you (Entrant) agree that you have read the Terms and Conditions outlined below.
To Enter:
  1. Go to our Instagram and Facebook pages and like this photo
  2. Tag a friend or family member who would love to win this prize (one entry per comment)
  3. Follow @ptleoestate and @kokoblackau on both Facebook and Instagram
  4. Register to both Koko Black Chocolate and Pt. Leo Estate online newsletters – to register follow this link. Be sure to read entry instructions!

A winner will be announced Easter Sunday 12th April 9am AEST. Entrants must be 18+ years or older. This competition is in no way endorsed by Instagram or Facebook. By participating you (Entrant) agree that you have read the Terms and Conditions outlined below.