Best Listing of a Region’s Wines

STILLWATER

Stillwater

2 Bridge Rd, Launceston, Tas
(03) 6331 4153

stillwater.net.au

Cuisine Modern Australian
WINE LIST Jim Welsh
WINES ON LIST 203 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$25 by the glass)

Launceston’s Stillwater has long enjoyed a reputation as a great place to dine and enjoy some of the state’s finest wines. It has never done it as well as it does currently.

Furthermore, with the dramatic increase in interest in locally produced spirits (and the knowledgeable folk to produce them) Stillwater now has an extensive range of Tasmania spirits. For good measure, there’s more than a dozen local beers and a cider.

There’s a modest dozen wines by the glass but these are clearly chosen for quality. Sommelier Jim Welsh even has room to make a statement about the importance of Tasmanian pinot by including three examples by the glass.

The standouts on the list are bubbles, riesling, pinot gris, chardonnay and pinot noir. The local examples are placed in an international context spotlighting outstanding Australian and international wines. There’s a comprehensive listing of Tassie bubbles alongside a thoughtful bracket of Champagnes, Rockford’s stunning Black Shiraz and a 1959 Hunter Champagne. The strength of the Tasmanian wine industry is manifest on this list.

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Finalists

Settlers Tavern

114 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River, WA
(08) 9757 2398

settlerstavern.com

CUISINE Casual Modern Australian
WINE LIST Karen & Rob Gough
WINEs ON LIST 600 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($7-$27 by the glass)

This superstar list continues at pace. A remarkable offering for a regional pub, let alone a restaurant anywhere in Australia. Proprietors Karen and Rob Gough are dedicated to not only supporting their local wine region, Margaret River, but unearthing and fostering new talent, discovering and promoting under-the-radar producers and broadening horizons of patrons. There are mature wines from the bulging Settlers Tavern cellar regularly updating the list and, of course, gems from Western Australia feature heavily here. The Goughs have long supported the fine wines under the banner of natural wine, so you’ll find rarities from Savoie’s Domaine Belluard, southern German pinot star Ziereisen or Jura rising star Tony Bornard. Of course, ‘You Have Now Entered Margaret River Cab Country’ gives way to a triumphant, and carefully-curated collection of the finest of local reds. Some 600 wines later and you’ve seen one of the most legendary living lists in the country.

The Barn Steakhouse

747 Glenelg River Rd, Mount Gambier, SA
(08) 8872 6999

barn.com.au

CUISINE Steakhouse
WINE LIST Kent Comley
WINEs ON LIST 718 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($9.5-$35 by the glass)

What a treat for the people of Mt. Gambier and for those fortunate enough to stop over for a night or two and enjoy the many, many vinous charms of The Barn. The list is a personal expression on behalf of the owner/sommelier and celebrates the local wines of nearby regions including Coonawarra, Mt. Gambier and the Limestone Coast while also having the bigger picture in mind.