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Jackalope Hotel’s Wine & Food Affair

March 11, 2017 Dining No Comments Email Email

This new home of established wine label ‘Willow Creek Vineyard’ comprises indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the vine-laced hills and across to the hotel’s striking silhouette. With room for 90 tails, Rare Hare is a restaurant, wine bar and produce store – approachable in atmosphere and rich in experiences.

Willow Creek Vineyard winemaker, Geraldine McFaul, explains, “expanding on the traditional ‘cellar door’ tasting experience, Rare Hare offers two distinct options: the wine bar affords guests the chance to sample in a social setting, while private tastings remain for those who want to delve deeper into an outstanding selection of wines and the vinification behind them.”

In the wine bar, guests can order by the half glass (full glasses and bottles also available) and sample alongside salumi, oysters and other moreish mouthfuls, matched to each wine.

Private tastings are hosted in the atmospheric barrel hall under the tutelage of McFaul and her team. A rare tasting opportunity.

McFaul has released a selection of wines under the new Rare Hare label. Designed for everyday drinking, the Rare Hare range has afforded McFaul the opportunity to employ some “winemaking shenanigans”, with creative use of skin contact and whole bunch adding some intriguing textures to the wine’s expressive fruit.

Under the direction of Jackalope Hotel’s Executive Chef, Guy Stanaway, Rare Hare’s food is honest, generous and earthy – drawing on relationships with local producers. Stanaway cooks with a good sense of curiosity and brings a tempting balance of heat, acidity, depth of flavour and texture to each plate. A hand-crafted wood-fired oven takes pride of place in the dining space, adding character to the mood and food. Its unique plaster finish intermixed with ash captured from Stanaway’s first cook on the site.

Projects of Imagination – the conceptual clout responsible for some of Melbourne’s most successful hospitality haunts – is behind the imaginative interior and illustrative branding.

Design detail includes clay brick flooring and walls that ground the space to the earth, ceiling articulation redolent of rolling clouds, communal dining orientated to align the visitor with the vines, and a double-sided fireplace to warm through the winter months.

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