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Mayfair Lane

Mayfair Lane Pub & Dining Room

72 Outram St, West Perth, WA
(08) 9425 5222

mayfairlane.com.au

CUISINEGastro Pub
WINE LIST Foni Pollitt
WINEs ON LIST 394 (52 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($37-$8 by the glass)

If you have ever met Foni Pollitt, you will not forget her any time soon: fast-paced, whip-crack smart and a super wine geek. Not to mention the fact she was voted the Good Food Guide 2018 Sommelier of the Year. All of this is relevant, because the list at Mayfair veritably hums with Foni.

The really cool thing about this list is that little but brilliant producers have been sought out and listed alongside bigger producers from more mainstream regions – each wine sensitively chosen on its merits.

That is the mark of a good sommelier: being able to break down a world of vinous options into a curated selection that thrills and compels.

The selection nimbly hops across regional, state and continental borders: from Blue Poles to DRC, from volcanoes to mountains, growers to grand marque and village to grand cru – it’s all here.

Many of the wines listed are difficult to procure (on restricted allocation), which makes this very exciting. Mayfair Lane is sensational, again. Bravo, Foni.

ERIN LARKIN

Finalists

Upstairs at The Lord

19 Kent St, Millers Point, NSW
(02) 9251 4044
lordnelsonbrewery.com/restaurant

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Kristian Savio and Blair Hayden
WINEs ON LIST 430 (75 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($19-$8 by the glass)

Upstairs At The Lord has one of the more exciting approaches to a wine listing that we have seen. It starts with 75 wines by the glass and includes Coravin selections from any wine listed under White Varietals and Blends, and Pinot Noir. And it gets better with specialist Spotlights throughout on top producers and countries from around the world, and sections at the end of each style category for wines that are old and rare. Then there's the Lord Nelson in-house brews which set the list off perfectly.

Uraidla Hotel

1198 Greenhill Rd, Uraidla
(08) 8390 0500
uraidlahotel.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Heath Johansen
WINEs ON LIST 515 (34 by the glass)  
WINE PRICES$$$ ($20-$9 by the glass)

The improvements in this list over a short period shows how committed the venue is to delivering a fine wine experience for its customers. The by-the-bottle listings have more than doubled in the past year, and they now offer more than 30 wines by the glass. Sommelier Mattia Tognon obviously takes his job very seriously and is a talent to watch. While local wines are given due support, the list also explores top wines from around Australia and beyond. Regarding the international spread, there are many high-end producers. Along with the superb selection of wine, there is an excellent range of beers and spirits.