Best Digestif List

Rockpool Bar & Grill, NSW

Rockpool Bar & Grill

66 Hunter St, Sydney
(02) 8099 7077
rockpoolbarandgrill.com.au

CUISINE Steak House
WINE LIST Yuki Hirose
WINEs ON LIST 3600 (53 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($68-$9 by the glass)

An extraordinary collection of digestifs, covering all styles. Vintage ports, ancient madeira, thrilling rums, brilliant bourbons, whiskies from Scotland, Japan, Australia and more, aged sherries; every imaginable spirit including the weird and wonderful.

KEN GARGETT

Finalists

Charred Kitchen & Bar

1-5 New St, Orange
(02) 6363 1580
charred.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST David Collins
WINEs ON LIST 649 (60 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($45-$11 by the glass)

David Collins' drinks list, is not a wine list, but a love letter to beverages. A regional list that features the best of the region and so much more, perhaps the only challenge is where to start. Don't miss the collection of beer and whisky – they're benchmarks.

Bentley

27 O'Connell St, Sydney
(02) 8214 0505
thebentley.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Nick Hildebrandt
WINEs ON LIST 1600 (50 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($60-$10 by the glass)

Bentley is a landmark and benchmark wine list that seems to only flex more muscle each time you leaf through it. Director-sommelier Nick Hildebrandt collects wine with one of the keenest senses in the business. He hoards best releases and drip-feeds guests some of the brightest jewels in the vinous landscape. Feature producer lists are often the envy of sommeliers Australia-wide, and drinkers are treated to some of the most exquisite wines produced and imported in Australia. From the stupendous sake collection that fronts the list through pages of outstanding artisan spirits and through a carefully considered beer range, all detail embellishes this remarkable collection of wine. Attention should be paid to suites of wines from Prevost, Selosse, Ganevat, Overnoy, Mount Mary and other super stars, though Bentley does highlight riesling, the region of Jura, diverse pinot noir and Champagne, amongst all of its shiny offerings. This wine list is so good, so stupendous as always.