There are some words that are guaranteed to induce excitement in Sydney partygoers: harbour, summer, mansion, and rosé. It comes as no surprise then that the launch of the new Jacob’s Creek rosé at Le Petit Rosé Summer Social, a party hosted in a secret harbourside mansion, was highly anticipated and ran out of tickets almost as soon as it was announced.
It was a gorgeous summer afternoon in Sydney as we pulled up at the Elizabeth Bay mansion (having received the location details just a few days earlier). My plus one and I started to realise what was in store as we entered the gates to the lavish property and were ushered down the garden stairs, past the mansion and into the garden.
We were struck by manicured lawns adorned with picnic blankets, a DJ booth emanating perfect summer tunes, white decorations and balloons. There was a tree swing not designed for those with a fear of heights, as well as near 360° views of the water with yachts as far as the eye can see.
If you’re struggling to imagine the scene, think French Riviera meets The Great Gatsby.
We made a beeline for a rosé stand directly overlooking the harbour and sampled a chilled glass of Jacob’s Creek Le Petit Rosé. To our right was a table offering a refreshing grapefruit juice and rosé blended cocktail. To our left was a table piled high with food.
Huge wheels of cheese sat amongst vases overflowing with grapes, a massive selection of tomatoes, every kind of bun and brioche you could imagine as well as more cold meats and sweet treats than you could attempt to eat in one evening. Not to mention the rosé ice pops and sliders being circulated by friendly waitstaff.
On hearing that the real party was down by the water, we grabbed a few more drinks and nibbles to head over and investigate. The sprawling gardens were covered in comfy-looking picnic setups with party goers laying back to chat, enjoy the fine wine and the beautiful views.
On getting down to the bottom of the garden we stood by the water’s edge chatting to new friends and drinking slushy frosé.
Heading back up as the sun started to set, we found that fairy lights were being switched on to light up the garden and sparklers handed out in abundance to guests.
The music continued for several hours and we were treated to a rosé fountain before the dance floor was opened. The drinks were cut at 9.30pm on the dot and the short but sweet timeframe meant that we left while everyone was still in great spirits and wanting more.
I’m sure I’m not the only one eagerly awaiting the next Jacob’s Creek party!
While Elli de Ryckman de Betz has found that travelling the world might not make you worldly, eating and drinking your way around definitely opens you up to some new experiences.