Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial

by The Editor

Ice.  It’s a relatively simple product which takes complicated forms.  Ice on your windscreen?  Annoying.  Ice on the road?  Dangerous.  Ice smoked through a pipe?  Downright stupid.

Still, for those who have been to a barbeque anywhere north of the Tweed, ice is an automatic addition to a glass of white wine on a hot and humid day.  With Moet and Chandon recognising and embracing the increasingly affluent South East Asian population, it was always going to be necessary to develop a product more amenable to the local climate.

And so, just prior to summer in the Southern Hemisphere Moet & Chandon launched through exclusive global parties their Ice Imperial champagne.  The flavour is intentionally dense with the addition of ice cubes necessary to restore the correct balance for the palate.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?  So, where can you get yourself a bottle?

Well, certainly not at your local bottleshop.  If you’re in Sydney, you can pop in to the Pool Bar at Ivy or (rather fittingly) Bondi Icebergs where a bottle will set you back around $120.  Most of the Australian stockists are in Queensland, perhaps more fittingly given the warmer climes, the feature venue is Glass at Marina Mirage ($24 per glass). But what about the local scene?

In Canberra no venue has yet been bestowed with the coveted white bottles.  Rumour has it some one operator was literally screaming to get their hands on stock in time for the Christmas rush, but to no avail.  Perhaps we’re just not hot enough (at least Melbourne isn’t either).  It will be interesting to see if any restaurant gets the nod this summer.  In the meantime, if you can’t wait or make it to Sydney, you can make pretend by purchasing Ice Imperial buckets or pairs of Ice Imperial glasses for around $100 each on eBay.  If you’re lucky enough to still be on holiday, and looking for some Ice Imperial for a ‘sundowner’, here’s a list of the designated Australian hotspots:

Oskars – Burleigh Beach House

43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220

Salthouse Restaurant and Bar

6/2 Pier Point Road, Cairns QLD 4870

Glass Dining and Lounge Bar

Mirage Shop10 72 Seaworld Drive MainBeach QLD4217

Palazzo Versace

94 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217

Omeros Bros Seafood Restaurant

4 Marina Mirage, Seaworld Drive Main Beach QLD4217

Saks Restaurant and Bar

Marina Mirage 74 Seaworld Drive Main Beach QLD4217

Hamilton Island Golf Club

Main Street, Dent Island QLD 4803,

Hamilton Island Yacht Club

Hamilton Island Great Barrier Reef

Manta Ray Cafe

Hamilton Island Great Barrier Reef

Mariners Seafood Restaurant

Hamilton Island Great Barrier Reef

Romano’s Restaurant

Hamilton Island Great Barrier Reef

Sails Restaurant

Hamilton Island Great Barrier Reef

The Breakwater

58 Southside Drive

Hillarys Boat Harbour, Hillarys WA 6025

Pool Club at Ivy

Level 4, 320 George Street, Sydney 2000

Manly Wine

8-12 South Steyne, Manly 2095

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach

North Bondi Italian Food

118 Ramsgate Avenue, Bondi Beach, Sydney