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Tuesday 30 October 2018

Discover the hottest new destination in the Clare Valley

Leading Clare Valley winery Pikes has opened a new state-of-the-art art tasting room and sophisticated new restaurant, to be known as Slate. 

The restaurant and tasting room operate side by side in a dramatic new building 
blends contemporary design with the traditional materials and colours of the historic family-owned estate.

The family chose the name Slate for the new high-end eatery as Pikes Polish Hill River Estate and the entire Polish Hill River Valley sit on an ancient bed of  slate which was laid down more than 500 million years ago in the Neoproterozoic (that's the first time I've ever used that word) era. 

It is a critical element that gives Polish Hill River wines, particularly riesling, unique
characteristics and identity.

Max Stephenson has been named as head chef and joins Pikes from The Source at MONA, in Tasmania, where he was executive sous chef for five years.

The restaurant will offer a contemporary Modern Australian menu that draws influences
from various Mediterranean cuisines and will focus on both locally and ethically grown produce to supplement vegetables from the kitchen garden. 

A dedicated art space within Slate will feature local Mintaro artist Jen McDonald, while diners will enjoy views of the vineyards of the Polish Hill River Estate. 

There is an la fresco dining area for warmer months while the cellar is an intimate 
private dining space and houses museum wines. 

 The new facility connects with the existing Pike Beer Company brewery and includes a new beer garden that will offer a casual lunch option available seven days per week.
Pikes Wines tasting room is now open and trading seven days from 10am-4pm. Pikes Beer Co. Beer Garden will be open seven days from Saturday, 11am-3.30pm and Slate Restaurant is open in a limited capacity Friday-Monday, noon-3pm with bookings essential.

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