"Veteran Clare Valley winemaker Tim Adams took on the old Leasingham site on the edge of Clare Township, renamed it Mr Mick in honour of his mentor Mick Knappstein, and now operates the stylish Mr Mick cellar door and restaurant on the site. Mr Mick menu features a wide range of tapas-style dishes that may range from pan-fried haloumi to prawns with harissa sauce to crisp soft shell baby mudcrab served with a star anise and orange glaze. A favourite with locals is the slow-roasted pork belly on crushed new potato with candied shiraz – but most visitors opt to share a selection of dishes. Adams says the menu has an emphasis on fresh seasonal produce and visitors are invited to enjoy wines by the glass. “The business has taken off like the proverbial rocket,” Adams says. “The wines are selling really well and the restaurant is booked out most days. "

Windsor Dobbins
National, August 2012