Best Sparkling Wine List

MELBOURNE SUPPER CLUB

Melbourne Supper Club

161 Spring St, Melbourne, Vic

(03) 9654 6300
melbournesupperclub.com.au

Cuisine Modern Australian
WINE LIST Chris Broughton
WINEs ON LIST 700 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($21-$13 by the glass)

Wow! Melbourne Supper Club shows us what a staggeringly impressive selection of bubbles looks like. There are seven pages of bubbles on offer. Aside from having a stellar selection of grower, negociant and prestige Champagnes, it is the sparkling wines that have won us over.

There is a comprehensive selection of Australia’s great houses making it clear that a discerning and astute eye has been cast over this selection. Particularly impressive is the disgorgement dates on the sparkling reds – this is information not commonly found on wine lists, but is greatly appreciated.

Beyond Australian shores, there is an exciting selection of bubbles from France, Spain and particularly Italy. Here you can find sparkling chenin, Cava, an Austrian pinot noir/riesling/grüner, prosecco, and the premium wines from Ca’ del Bosco.

The pricing, importantly, is very reasonable. While it is possible to splurge several (many) thousands of dollars on the Champagne list, the sparkling list is full to bursting with a wide range of very good sparkling wines under $100. Whatever the budget, if bubbles is the question, Melbourne Supper Club is the answer.  

ERIN LARKIN

Finalists

The Source at MONA

655 Main Rd, Berriedale, Tas
(03) 6277 9900


mona.net.au

CUISINE Regional Tasmanian
WINE LIST Pip Anderson & Ilo Pilve
WINEs ON LIST 3,153 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($36-$10 by the glass)

The list claims a precise 3,153 wines, but who’s counting? By the end of Champagne, awe has set in and the task at hand becomes epic. The incredible producers collected in this museum to fine wine list is head-spinning; it's not every day you see six vintages of Jerome Prevost’s rare Champagne, nearly two, micro-printed pages of JJ Prum wines, Didier Dagueneau for days, back vintage Bonneau du Martray followed by pages and pages of grand red Burgundy. Diners probably need an extra half hour just to pore through this remarkable collection and make a decision slowly and assuredly via gun sommeliers Pip Anderson and Ilo Pilve. Amongst all the grandeur, the drinks selectors have ensured deep representation from Tasmanian winemakers, another tick in the box for this oh-so serious wine list. Moorilla wines and beers are, of course, a strong feature too, so those feeling parochial have the full flex of the hyper local to indulge in. Quite a remarkable list here.  

Aria, Sydney

1 Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW
(02) 9240 2255


ariarestaurant.com

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Alex Kirkwood
WINEs ON LIST 1,600 (106 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($200-$17 by the glass)

Remarkably, more than 15 years after it won Australia’s Wine List of the Year in 2003, Aria remains one of the greatest lists in the country. In touch with the latest trends and emerging superstars while displaying the country’s finest, Aria has bubbly to satisfy the fussiest, multiple vintages of some of the world’s best, and plenty to surprise and delight.

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 $$ ($25-$10 by the glass)

For a list of some 200 wines, it seems way broader in scope and scale, featuring a global outlook married to an allegiance to exceptional Tasmanian wine producers – so many styles, so many interesting wines, so many things aptly chosen to add value and detail. Of course, there’s a huge collection of diverse riesling, plenty of Champagne, grower and big names alike, and a leaning to perfumed, light- to medium-weight red wine that feels very en pointe for the currency of Australian food and drinking culture. Then, there’s the swathe of wines from Rockford, of course, and you'll find cult favourites from Foillard, Bruno Duchêne and Rudolf Trossen in the mix, all providing a quixotic and engaging series of options for all-comers. Spirits aren’t overlooked either, with a finely-chosen collection on offer, particularly the bent to gin and whisky from the home state. All in all this does the locals proud while delivering a myriad of options. It’s a stellar list.