Days out from its christening and maiden cruise, Dream Cruises and its brand new ship Genting Dream has added yet another Australian element in the first-ever Penfolds Flagship Wine Vault – part of a partnership between the premium cruise line and the iconic wine label.
The vault will feature a hardwood, glass and stainless steel wine dispenser which will have a selection of eight red and eight white wines, all able to be served at the perfect temperature. It will also be manned by a sommelier for much of the day, who can talk with guests about the wines held within and serve product to guests at certain times of the day.
Connoisseurs of fine wines will be able to sample and enjoy a sumptuous array of vintages including Penfolds Bin 170, which was blended to celebrate the maker’s 170th birthday in 2014 as well as the 2010 Penfolds Grange which has been lauded around the world by international wine critics.
To serve the wines, Genting Dream has also invested in specially handcrafted, hand-blown Saint-Louis crystal wine glasses – the Penfolds Aevum Imperial Service Ritual – making it only one of five locations in the world allowing drinkers the ability to enjoy the blends through the rare glassware. It will also be the only cruise ship in the world offering the vessels.
A further exclusive blend guests can enjoy will be the Penfolds Yattama, a Chardonnay which can be served as part of a food pairing experience jointly designed and conducted by the ship’s chefs and sommeliers. Wine tasting events will take place regularly on each voyage.
The high-end wine labels will be just part of Dream’s total wine offering, with a host of local suppliers also used to ensure there is also a huge range of more affordable wines available for guests to enjoy. Today’s wine announcement comes a few weeks after the burgeoning brand announced it would also cultivate the first Johnnie Walker Whisky House at sea.