Best Country Restaurant List

LAURA, VIC

Laura

3649 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Merricks, Vic
(03) 5989 9011
ptleoestate.com.au/laura

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Andrew Murch
WINEs ON LIST 783 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($56-$13 by the glass)

A new name to many, Laura at Pt Leo Estate opened in 2018. Each year we have seen this list grow in confidence and presentation. We love the attention to detail here. Each category, whether it be beer and cocktails, half bottles, dessert wines or fortifieds, is covered well and with a clear passion for quality on display.

It embraces the big picture with top local and national wines going toe to toe against an impressive group of internationals. Innovation meets the classics with skin contact whites, low intervention winemaking and what we might term ‘natural’ wines.

This list has a vibrancy and it doesn’t mind indulging in the odd passion, like nebbiolo. Multiple vintages of top nebbiolo producers like Massolino and SC Pannell feature, while shiraz fans will zero on the vertical of Jasper’s Hill Georgia’s Paddock. Francophiles will fall for the Robert Chevillon Premier Cru Pinots. So much to consider on this list. Enjoy.

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Finalists

Settlers Tavern

114 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River
(08) 9757 2398
settlerstavern.com

CUISINE Australian and Seafood
WINE LIST Karen D Gough
WINEs ON LIST 600+ (43 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($32-$7 by the glass)

Drinking wine should be joyous and carefree, and that’s the mood that is created at Margaret River’s Settlers Tavern. However, don’t let the casual nature of the place downplay the seriousness of the wine offering. This is one of the greatest wine lists in Australia, and it would be fair to speculate that there wouldn’t be too many places in the world offering the value, breadth and depth as found at The Tav. The energy and knowledge for the beverage program stem from owners Karen and Rob Gough: Rob runs the cocktail program, mixes the Bloody Marys and is the resident brewer, and Karen’s immense passion for wine, as well as her die-hard support of local wineries, her inquiring palate and love for international wines, sets the tone for the wine list. The list is a feast for the mind and senses, and there will be something to suit everyone’s palate, no matter if you have a penchant for layered Margaret River chardonnay, high-end Burgundy or skin-contact marsanne.

Ten Minutes By Tractor

1333 Mornington Flinders Rd, Main Ridge
(03) 5989 6455
tenminutesbytractor.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australia
WINE LIST Xavier Vigier
WINEs ON LIST 623 (86 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($140-$14 by the glass)

The wines offered ‘by the glass’ at this treasured Mornington Peninsula gem are truly extraordinary – most establishments would be over the moon for a full list like this. The rest of the selections are a roll call of the wine world’s great and exciting. Classics and emerging stars. Or you can simply go with the pre-arranged pairings. A wonderful list.