Contact Us

Address

194 Nepean Hwy

Dromana, VIC 3936

Phone

03 5981 0355

Email

andrew@hickinbotham.biz

Summer Opening Hours

Mondy to Sunday 11-5pm

Friday Evenings 5-9pm

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Welcome to the Cellar Door

 

 

Re-cycled, rejuvenated, renovated and revamped are words to describe our Cellar Door.  With the use of brick and old timbers, the Cellar Door has a real and rustic feel.

 

Open Times:

11am - 5pm daily over Summer

Closed Tues & Wed

 

Every piece of structure has been rescued from a previous life. The building itself is the old Hampton High School gymnasium, while the slate fire surround was rescued from one of Brighton’s last original beach houses. The wrought iron work is from the old Melbourne Steamship building, the cellar door bar was the counter at the State Bank of Malvern and the much admired bevelled glass of the front doors came from the old Hoyts Palace Theatre.  Closer to home the walls of the building have been resurrected from the former Dromana Abattoirs. In winter the log fire is crackling and the cosy atmosphere makes it difficult to leave.

This mix of old and new gives the Cellar Door real character and the ambience is very relaxing. The cellar door staff are both friendly and helpful.  They will assist you through a comprehensive tasting of current wines with consideration of your level of wine knowledge.

 

For those with little love of wine, we also have house brewed beer available. Hix Beer - Come and try our range on tap.


 

Wine Tastings

The best way to experience our wines is to ask for a 'Flight' of 5 x 30ml samples of wines of your choice which you can enjoy with lunch or out on the terrace at your convenience. Please ask staff for further details or suggested wines to match your meal.

 

Our wine tastings do have a fee to ensure we can provide best service.

 

Click Here to Book in a Tasting


 

Buses

Buses will be admitted by appointment only. A security deposit is required to be paid on booking any group. This will be refunded the day after your visit.

 

The Driver or host of your bus is responsible for the behaviour of the group. If your group is intoxicated or unruly you will be asked to leave.

 

Download Bus Terms & Conditions

Click Here to Book in a Group Tasting


 

Groups

Groups will be accepted by appointment only. Group tastings are only available before 12 noon, unless your group is having lunch in our restaurant. 

 

A security bond is required by the host via credit card to confirm the booking


 

Tasting Notes

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Wine Tasting

The best way to taste our wines is to buy a ‘flight’ of 5 x 30ml samples to enjoy with food. $18 per flight

 

Please note: Wine flights may not be available over busy trading periods

 

 

White Wines

 

2011 Sparkling Chardonnay

A supremely dry méthode champenoise sparkling wine, vintaged in 2011 and only recently disgorged to allow maximum yeast autolysis, giving a softer, less acidic finish with lovely toasty aromatics! A perfect apperatif!

 
  

2016 Sauvignon Blanc

A crisp white wine with fruit driven overtones, definitely not a New Zealand style. Not too grassy, a hint of ripe gooseberry, and a great wine with seafood. Emminently drinkable.

 
  

2015 Aligoté “Silver Medal Alternate Varieties Wine Show”

Aligoté is the lesser known white grape in Burgundy. It has tremendous mouthfeel and a zesty crisp palate. A fantastic food accompaniment.

 
  

2016 Gewurztraminer

Delightful rose petal and complex floral aromatics are the trademark characteristic of this variety. This wine has slight fruit sweetness making it a great accessory with spicy and aromatic dishes, like Thai.

 
  

2016 Pinot Gris

Delightful floral notes, natural acid and a slight minerality combine to give this wine silky mouth feel without any oak. Poached pears and fuji apples on the palate.

 
  

2013 Riesling “Bronze Cool Climate Wine Show”

A wine of refined finesse, overlaid with honeysuckle and citrus overtones. This wine has and will continue to age beautifully for many years, developing a subtle unctuous palate and a citrus/apricot aroma.

 
  

2016 Chardonnay

A luscious wine with balanced palate of apricots and citrus fruits. French oak barrel fermented and softened by malo-lactic ferment, which will allow the wine to develop a soft butteriness to the palate with a little bottle age.

 
  

Red Wines

 

2016 Pinot Noir Rosé (Pink)

A savoury wine made from free run Pinot noir juice. Floral aromatics of rose petals & strawberries finishing with velvety softness and making this an absolute stunner with food.

 
  

2016 Pinot Noir

A delightful medium bodied Pinot with violets and mulberries. Secondary characters of truffles and cigar box will develop with careful ageing.

 
  

2016 Tempranillo

Tempranillo is a Spanish grape with high pH and a rich, soft fruit filled palate full of dark mulberries and satsuma plums. Aromas of sweet laurel bay leaves intermingle in the savoury finish of this wine, dark and dangerously easy to drink.

 
  

2015 Coffee Rock Merlot

Velvet tannins and cassis overtones are the benchmark of this full-bodied, cool climate Merlot. The ‘coffee rock’ is overlaid with sandy loam soil and gives this wine a rich intensity, delicious chocolate mocha aromas, complimenting black plums and spices.

 

  

2010 Cabernet & Merlot

Cassis and ripe blackberry characters provide the main flavour components with just a whiff of peppermint, a hint of the native flora adjoining this vineyard block. Full ripe Cabernet grapes are complimented by a careful blend of some mellowing Merlot.

 
  

2010 Shiraz

Rich mulberry nose, with the lighter white pepper aromatics and aged oak flavours on the palate and bouquet. Robust and fruity, smooth with a soft tannin finish and ready to drink now.

 
  

Sweet Wines

 

Strawberry Kiss (10.5% Alc/vol)

Delightfully delicious sparkling fruit wine made with real ripe strawberries and NO artificial flavourings!

 
  

Barrel Aged Muscat (17.5% Alc/vol)

350ml bottle. Aged in our cellars for an average of ten years, this is a lovely succulent & fruity fortified wine, just like plum pudding in a glass. Not for the driver!!!

 
  

Reserve Wines *Very limited stock

The Family Reserve wines are available predominantly by the bottle only; to drink here or take away.

They are not available elsewhere.

These wines have been selected from individual barrel for their outstanding pedigree, bottled separately and have then been carefully cellared to ensure their integrity as they age.

 

*2010 Pinot Noir “4 ½ Stars Winestate Wine Of The Year 2013”

Beautiful cherry & plum fruit aromas abound in this crackerjack Pinot, which has been allowed the benefit of bottle ageing. This wine is complex and full in style displaying intense rich layers of flavour found only in the best Burgundies.

 
  

* 2008 Coffee Rock Merlot (Magnum 1.5 Litres)

Rich mocha, chocolate & blackberry aromas are the characteristics of this wine from the warmer Western slopes of our vineyard. The magnum was bottled specially to allow for longer maturation time, and the bottle size allows it to be enjoyed with friends over lunch or dinner.

 
  

* 2010 Coffee Rock Merlot

Trophy-Aust Boutique Wine Awards, Gold - Royal Melbourne Wine Show. Velvet Tannings and cassis overtones are the benchmark of this full bodied, cool climate Merlot.  The Coffee Rock Sub base overlaid with sandy loam soil, gives this wine a rich intensity, delicious chocolate mocha aromas, complimenting black plums and spices

 
  

2014 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Rich developed aromatics, with a firm yet mouth filling palate. A classic ripe Cabernet, something quite uncharacteristic for the cool climate Mornington Peninsula and only possible on the lowlands where the climate is more moderated. Robust and full of fruit, with a tight tannin finish.

 
  

2008 Cabernet & Shiraz

This wine has the generosity of ripe berry fruits with an overlying aroma of fine ground white pepper. Barrel ageing, followed by bottle ageing, imparts a subtle oak tannin finish and a lingering firmness on the palate. Drinking beautifully right now.

 

 

 

Beer Tasting Notes

Beer Tasting Paddle - Five Beers (approx. 100ml each) - $15

 

'HIX' Summer / Aussie Pale Ale (Bronze Medal Australian International Beer Awards 2015)

Straw in colour, this beer has a bready malt flavour, lifted passionfruit hop aromatics with a fresh and lively finish but with minimal bitterness.

Alc/VolGlassSchnrPintStubby
4.9%$6.5$9$12$8.9T/A

 

'HIX' Pilsener (Silver Medal Royal Sydney Show 2014)

A German Pilsener brewed using pilsener malt which produces subtle aromas and flavours of bread or crackers. The German hops provide the element of bitterness and floral flavours. That, combined with the high carbonation makes this beer a drink for all occasions.

Alc/VolGlassSchnrPintStubby
5%$6.5$9$12$8.9T/A

 

'HIX' Pale Ale (Top Gold AIBA 2011, Silver Royal Sydney 2014, Bronze AIBA 2014)

Made to the Belgian style, this pale ale is spiced with coriander & new world El Dorado hops. A unique yeast is the heart of this well balanced beer developing peach, pear and bread aromas.

Alc/VolGlassSchnrPintStubby
4.9%$6.5$9$12$8.9T/A

 

'HIX' Saison Farmhouse Ale

Made to the Belgian style, this pale ale is spiced with coriander & new world El Dorado hops. A unique yeast is the heart of this well balanced beer developing peach, pear and bread aromas.

Alc/VolGlassSchnrPintStubby
7%$7.5$10$14$10T/A

 

'HIX' Indian Pale Ale

A delightful beer, loaded with hops, Columbus, Amarillo, Mosaic and generous amounts of dry hopping gives a heady pungent hop hit with 5 types of malt to support this crafty beer. 7% alc/vol

Alc/VolGlassSchnrPintStubby
7%$7.5$10$14N/A

 

'HIX' Brown Ale (Top Silver AIBA 2012 & 2015, Bronze Medal Royal Sydney 2015, Bronze 2011 & 2014)

This English Brown Ale is a style made with chocolate & dark crystal malted barley which gives the aroma & flavour of nuts & chocolate.  The hops lend a citrus character to the mix which complement the malt character & caramel overtones beautifully.

Alc/VolGlassSchnrPintStubby
5.2%$6.5$9$12$8.9T/A

 

'HIX' Irish Stout (Top Silver Medal AIBA 2013, Silver Royal Sydney 2010 & 2015, Bronze AIBA 2014)

This is a richer version of the famed Irish stout, loaded with dark chocolate & roasted coffee beans, rich chocolate milk smoothness on the palate and toasty malts on the finish.

Alc/VolGlassSchnrPintStubby
5.0%$6.5$9$12$8.9T/A

 

'HIX' Double Choc Porter

A rich, dark chocolate beer with loads of cocoa and dark chocolate malts to enliven the palate. A perfect dessert beer or just one for the chocoholics among us.

Alc/VolGlassSchnrPintStubby
6.8%$7.5$10$14Sold Out

 

'HIX' Barley Wine 2012

A beer brewed at wine strength and aged like a wine. The recipe calls for massive malt content, leading to a rich, toasty caramel flavour blended in French and American Oak. This 2011 vintage beer is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Alc/VolGlassSchnrPintStubby
9.3%$11N/AN/A$11T/A

 

'HIX' Belgian Strong Ale

A dark, super strong & richly flavoured beer with loads of brandied fruit cake character & like Xmas cake, made to age. Brewed with overripe Cabernet grapes give rich complexity to the palate.

Alc/VolGlassSchnrPintStubby
10%$10$15$19$16T/A

 

'HIX' Ruby Red Grape Cider

A sparkling cider style made from ripe Ruby Cabernet grapes, with a light strawberry and cherry aroma, and slightly sweet finish, served on tap. Try it on ice with a slice of lime or lemon.

Alc/VolGlassSchnrPintStubby
7%$7.5$10$14$10T/A

 

Takeaway Beer

Six Pack - $40

(Can be mixed)

Saison, Ruby Grape cider (+$2/ Stubby)

 

500ml Stubbies

Pale Ale

Summer Ale

Pilsner

Brown Ale

Irish Stout

($2 extra for each of Ruby Red Grape Cider & Saison Farmhouse Ale)

 

330ml Stubbies

Barley Wine