Have you ever wondered what lies north of Canberra? Well, on Barton Highway, beyond the New South Wales border, you’ll find the Cool Climate wine region and its quaint country vineyards.

Nestled among the vines is Flint at Shaw Vineyard restaurant. Showcasing some of the best wine and produce in the Murrumbateman region, Flint is one of the best examples of what the village has to offer.

Boasting a rustic Mediterranean vibe, Flint welcomes you with a smile, a relaxing tune, and the beautiful aroma of the wood-fired pizza oven throughout the candle-lit dining room.

As a glass of the 2014 Flint Shiraz ‘by Shaw’ was poured, an entrée of Braised Lamb Terrine was placed on the table. Sitting atop a sweet pea and mint puree, the lightly-crisped exterior held the delicate circle of lamb together. The flavours were a match made in heaven, bringing a touch of spring to an autumn dish.

The entrée brings the restaurant’s setting through to the plate, with port wine adding a rich sweetness as a glaze for the carrots. The addition of beetroot and goat’s curd dress the dish and tie the flavours together.

Looking out the window to the rolling hills of Shaw Vineyard, one is correct in assuming the ocean is miles away. However, Flint presents a taste of the sea in an innovative way. Two Crabs with ‘oodles’ of angel hair noodles is a delicious main (especially when matched with a glass of the 2014 Flint Semillon Sauvignon Blanc ‘by Shaw’).

Be warned, ladies! This is a messy dish – so be sure to tie your hair back in advance! Soft-shell crab is the star of the dish, making the delicate use of angel hair pasta the perfect choice. The sweetness is balanced by the addition of capers and a hint of chilli oil.

After a sweet main course, the bittersweet symphony of the Chocolates & Cherries dessert makes for a stellar end to the meal. Dark chocolate brownie is piled atop a rich cherry compote. The dish was accompanied by a quenelle of chocolate mousse and brandy cream for a touch of warmth on a cold country evening.

Open for lunch Thursday through to Sunday, and dinner Wednesday through to Saturday, Flint at Shaw Vineyard is the perfect escape to the country for a date night, function venue or even a wedding. With amazing food surrounded by award-winning wine there’s simply no better setting in Murrumbateman.