Gourmet Traveller Wine Readers’
Choice Award

MUSE, ACT

Muse

69 Canberra Ave, Griffith, ACT


(02) 6178 0024
musecanberra.com.au

Cuisine Modern Australian
WINE LIST Paul Eldon & Daniel Sanderson
WINEs ON LIST 131 (12 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($20-$10 by the glass)

It’s easy to see why our readers have flocked to vote for Muse’s wine list – it’s just so darn appealing and chock full of wonderfully drinkable wines. It’s a list that leans towards interesting, boutique producers with a keen focus on local wines from the nearby Canberra District with Mount Majura, Helm, Lark Hill and Gundog Estate found within the pages.

While not a lengthy list, it’s all hits and no misses, with a strong sense that family-owned and operated Australian wine businesses have been a dedicated focus. All bases are covered in the By-the-Glass selection, with flighty aromatic whites making easy bedfellows with textural offerings, and it’s obvious that Muse likes guests to have an experience – malvasia is poured alongside piquepoul, nebbiolo and sangiovese rosé. Regulars would likely enjoy putting their drinks journey in the hands of the wine team, with ‘Mystery White’ and ‘Mystery Red’ glasses an option from the cellar.

All up, this is a stellar list that traverses a breadth of styles and the width of high quality and interesting wineries – a wine list that has something for everyone and asking you to return to try more.  

MIKE BENNIE

Finalists

Charred Kitchen & Bar

1-5 New St, Orange, NSW


(02) 6363 1580


charred.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST David Collins
WINEs ON LIST 627 (66 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($27-$10 by the glass)

Charred has produced one of the great Australian lists of recent years, offering patrons exemplary choice in wine and beer (and more). It's location in Orange is central to what it offers but the context is very much Australasia and the World. There's huge number of varietals offered, Aussie classics and cutting edge choices. Exemplary and original.

Spirit House

20 Ninderry Road Yandina, QLD
(07) 5446 8994


spirithouse.com.au

CUISINE Modern Thai
WINE LIST Yann Audran & David Baldet
WINEs ON LIST 99 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($23-$12 by the glass)

This exemplary winelist is highly focussed, well executed  and thoroughly enticing.  Traditional benchmarks rub shoulders with the new wave, each wine carefully curated and matched to the Spirit House's light, fresh and spicy food.  Travel the world of wine 'by the glass' and you'll be both educated and immensely satisfied.