THE RYDGES POST
Off the Beaten Highway
Rydges Lakeside and Rydges Capital Hill are about a three and a half hour drive from Rydges Albury but if you do it properly it can take closer to five or six. Getting off the beaten freeway for a snack, meal and a look around can be very rewarding. The only town that hasn’t been bypassed on this route is Holbrook, but road works are currently under way. Pity, because it has a terrific pie shop and there’s something surreal about having a huge submarine in the middle of the town. Other rewarding diversions for a snack or lunch include Gundagai’s Niagara Café, the Rollonin Café in Bowning and Café Dolcetto in Yass.
Heading into Canberra from Yass we noticed numerous wineries and, on arrival at Rydges Capital Hill, GM Jon Ackary recommended a local drop, the Nick O’Leary 2012 Riesling. I am a fan of Clare Valley SA Rieslings and this one was up there with the best of those – dry but still with plenty of fruit, beautifully made with a lot of subtle character. On the bottle it simply states that, “Nick O’Leary focuses his winemaking skills on small parcels of highest quality Canberra district grapes. A hands-on approach ensures that each premium Nick O’Leary wine reflects the character of the vineyard.” This particular drop recently won the Trophy for Best Riesling at the 2012 NSW Wine Awards. Highly recommended. www.nickolearywines.com.au.