Welcome to Clever Polly’s, our OMAKASE restaurant and natural wine shop in West Melbourne. Clever Polly’s opened in 2014 with the intention of bringing something that we felt was missing in our local area- a small, casual, yet intimate place, where we could share new discoveries with our guests; a place of learning through the pleasure of eating and drinking. We have worked hard to build a sense of community around food and wine, whilst supporting small, artisanal farmers and producers, who work in tandem with the land to nurture it. All that we offer is thoughtfully selected and prepared; only food and wine that we love and are proud to share.
Carlo Hauner began his career as a painter and designer, living in both Brazil and Milan in his younger years. It was in ’60s that he first made his way to the Aeolian islands on a holiday, and discovered there the perfect palate of colours to inspire and create. At the same time, he became fascinated with the traditional practice of drying Malvasia grapes to make the sweet Malvasia Liparia. Eventually he bought 20ha of land to make wine with, revolutionising the winemaking practices on the island, and renewing interest in the natural beauty of the Aeolian Islands through his beautiful wines. Today the islands are UNESCO listed.
This is a full-bodied white, made from Malvasia and a touch of Inzolia. The Malvasia sees some skin contact and lees ageing, giving it a light orange hue and a rich, creamy texture, while the Inzolia imparts a sense of lightness and space. Vibrant acidity gives length and shape to the palate; briny salinity to transport you to the ocean. If you close your eyes for a moment, you can almost smell the sea spray and hear the crash of the waves.