Wine and dine at Rotto PDF Print E-mail

WA's premium island destination just got cooler.


As if we needed another reason to visit Rottnest this summer…

The Western Australian island, just 25 minutes ferry ride from Fremantle, with 63 beaches and 20 bays, has long been a favourite getaway spot for Perth’s city-slickers looking to escape the bustle of everyday life.

But Rottnest Lodge – the island’s biggest hotel – has recently introduced a new wine dinner program making it a premium spot for wine aficionados too.

The event series will showcase a different winery (predominantly WA based) at each event, offering an especially designed degustation menu complete with paired wines.

The first in the series welcomed Flametree Wines to Rottnest, whose labels scored an average of 94/100 in The West Australian Wine Guide 2012, while event number two – which we were lucky enough to go along to – featured none other than Leeuwin Estate’s Art Series, representing Leeuwin’s finest wines from each vintage; including its Art Series chardonnay 2009 which scored a whopping 97/100.

The gala dinner event kicked off with roving canapés accompanied by chilled glasses of Leeuwin’s 2007 Brut, before moving out under the stars for the main event, held in the al fresco area of the Riva Restaurant.

Warm clothes were a must with a cool breeze still in the air in October but as the wine continued to flow, we all warmed up nicely. And while the food was a welcome addition, the true stars of the night were those Art Series wines.

We started with the fresh citrusy notes of the 2011 sauvignon blanc served with a duo of pate, before moving onto the 2011 Riesling and its strong aromatic notes of apple blossom and sweet spice, complemented by bursts of blue cheese in its accompanying ‘drunken chicken’ salad. Then came the numero uno itself – the 2009 chardonnay, bursting with lime, lemon, and undertones of tropical guava and cloves, its textured flavour was heaven in a glass.

As the night got cooler still, we moved onto the 2008 cabernet sauvignon, accompanied by a generous plate of rare roasted venison in red wine jus, before completing the evening with a plate of some of Margaret River’s very best cheeses, a perfect partner for a glass of fragrant 2010 shiraz bursting with forest fruits and cherries – a special pre-release for the event. 

After some four hours of decadent degustation, we tootled back to our room, warm and more than a bit fuzzy, looking forward to our Sunday morning spent lazing on one of Rotto’s many secluded beaches, dipping in and out of the crystal clear ocean.

Kami and her husband were guests of Rottnest Lodge.

Fast facts:

Next event: Howard Park Silver Jubilee Dinner
Saturday 17 November 2012
$300* per person or $150 per person dinner only package (promo code: KRGAA17).
* Includes return ferry ticket, one night’s accommodation, degustation dinner with paired wines, cooked breakfast and late check-out.

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