Best Small List (50)

Cott & Co, WA + Ishizuka, VIC

Cott & Co

104 Marine Pde, Cottesloe, WA
(08) 9383 1100
cottesloebeachhotel.com.au

CUISINE Fish Bar
WINE LISTDan Wegener
WINEs ON LIST 50 (45 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($42-$8 by the glass)

Ishizuka

Basement, 1/139 Bourke St, Melbourne, Vic
(03) 8594 0895
ishizuka.com.au

CUISINE Japanese
WINE LIST Sarah and David Lawler
WINEs ON LIST 41 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($49-$10 by the glass)

It was impossible to separate the joint winners of the Best Small List award.

Dan Wegener, of Cott & Co, has built the list around the theme of maritime climates, such as found in Sardinia and Santorini. This focus not only results in the wines pairing beautifully with the seafood-inspired menu, but it gives diners an insight into the importance of climate in wine style. The presentation is modern and inviting, and most wines are available by the glass.

Ishizuka has exquisite proportions, with each wine carefully selected for its merit and how it pairs with the Kaiseki cuisine. Sarah and David Lawler are the minds and palates behind the list, and they aim for harmonious interaction between the wine and food. It’a a polished set of elegant wines with grace, restraint and purpose.

Toni Paterson MW

Finalists

Hartsyard

33 Enmore Rd, Newtown
(02) 8068 1473
hartsyard.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Dorothy Lee
WINEs ON LIST 49 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($25-$14 by the glass)

Here's another great wine bar for Newtown, with impressive food to match the style and pizzazz of its well-balanced Australian, sustainability-focused wine list. There's an emphasis on organic and biodynamic practices with a neat balance of different styles as well as a diverse range of varietals. Established wineries such as Dalwhinnie, Crawford River, Holm Oak and Vasse Felix sit comfortably with Billy Button, Koerner and Ben Haines. There's room on the tiny list for some wines of age and magnums.