The Tony Hitchin Award – Best New List

MIMI'S, NSW

Mimi's

Coogee Pavilion, 130A Beach St, Coogee, NSW
(02) 9114 7324
merivale.com/venues/mimis

CUISINE Modern Mediterranean
WINE LIST Paolo Saccone
WINEs ON LIST 650 (41 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($65-$14 by the glass)

Mimi’s has launched itself into Sydney’s restaurant scene in style. The food is delicious, the view over Coogee Beach stunning, and the wine list befitting of the grandeur of the dining room. The wine-by-the-glass selection is impressive, with the use of Coravin extending the offering beyond what is usually seen, including themed wine flights from top local and international producers.

In the main list, it is great to see a substantial Australian collection, including multiple vintages of the best wines. The global listings are outstanding, with most key countries well represented, and the classic wines of France are a highlight. What sets the list apart is the care taken with the selection of vintage and producer, which gives the diner confidence, especially when choosing prestige wine.  

Due to the strength of the Merivale cellar, so many wines are sitting in their peak drinking window, so wine lovers will be utterly spoilt for choice.

TONI PATERSON MW

Finalists

Ragazzi Wine and Pasta

3/2-12 Angel Place, Sydney
(02) 8964 3062
ragazziwineandpasta.com

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST
 Matt Swieboda
WINEs ON LIST 300 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($22-$12 by the glass)

It's rare for such a new wine list to come so fully formed, so confident and assured in its mission and delivery. Ragazzi is that list, a continuation of the journey that Sydney wine bar entrepreneur, Matt Swieboda, has been taking us on since creating Love, Tilly Devine. The theme continues to be sustainable, minimal input wine growing and making, a la natural/authentic but this time the focus is on the excitement emanating from Italy. Many of the names and styles will be familiar (Gravner, Radikon, Foradori, La Stoppa), many not, and that's when you let the helpful tasting notes and cute graphics guide you. Aiding and abetting the Italians is a select band of exciting wines from Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

Winespeake Cellar + Deli

4/26 Vincent St, Daylesford
0480 286 838
winespeake.com.au

CUISINE Charcuterie & Cheese
WINE LIST Jenny Latta, Jeremy Shiell and Bronwyn Simmonds
WINEs ON LIST 500 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($15-$10 by the glass)

A list very much designed to celebrate the wines from the local region, with a special focus on the organic, biodynamic and orange styles. Grower champagnes are well represented, as are some wonderfully obscure varieties. A great place to go to explore new and emerging varieties and producers.