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Friday 25 November 2016

Wine lovers' heaven well worth a trip

Wine lovers now have an added incentive to make the trek to the iconic Royal Mail Hotel at Dunkeld in the Grampians of Victoria. 

The hotel, home to one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest privately-owned collections of wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy, now offers curated wine experiences and special dinners for aficionados. 

The Royal Mail's $2.8 million wine collection of over 26,000 bottles can now be explored with a sommelier ($20.00 for hotel guests/$25.00 for visitors). A Coravin system also allows pourings from rare bottles. 

To coincide with the re-opening of the refurbed wine cellar, the Royal Mail has also introduced The French Collection; a French wine matching experience that will showcase five outstanding French wines from the Royal Mail Hotel wine cellar paired with executive chef Robin Wickens’ award-winning dining room menu for a cost of $200.

New food and beverage manager Matthew Lance believes “wine connoisseurs will savour the rare tasting experiences now available in the wine cellar because of the in-depth contrast it offers between new vintages and old world wines.”

Lance describes the French Collection as an “ever-changing selection of highlights from the Royal Mail Hotel’s famous collection of old world French wines", saying the wines featured may be sourced from famous appellations including Bordeaux, Burgundy and Sauternes. 

The Royal Mail also offers a Weekend Wine’d Down package for $950.00 per couple and it includes two nights in a deluxe mountain view Room with breakfast daily, a five-course dinner in the Dining Room (wine matches extra), a $50 food and beverage credit to use in the adjacent casual dining space Parker Street Project, a tour and taste in the new wine cellar, a chef-led tour of the abundant kitchen garden and a bottle of Riddoch Estate wine to take home (mass-market Riddoch Estate would seem an odd choice with so many fine wineries on the hotel's doorstep). 

Nestled at the southern tip of the Grampians National Park, the Royal Mail Hotel was originally established in 1855. Today it is one of Victoria’s premier regional dining venues. 

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