Tasmania Winner

BLACK COW BISTRO

Black Cow Bistro

70 George St, Launceston
(03) 6331 9333

blackcowbistro.com.au

CUISINE Steak House
WINE LIST Jimmy Welsh
WINEs ON LIST 148 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($35-$14 by the glass)

This is a list almost obsessively focusing on the best and brightest from Tasmania. Plenty of non-Tassie options if you must, but why would you? This will be your best opportunity to sample some of the island’s finest and rarest wines, many not seen offshore. Even better, many of these offerings represent superb value. An appealing sprinkling of choices by the glass is also available.

Not surprisingly, sparkling, chardonnay and pinot noir provide the highlights, but there are other local options, such as the revered Domaine A Cabernet and Glaetzer-Dixon Mon Père Shiraz. Names like Stoney Rise, Chatto, Freycinet, Simha, Dr Edge, Stargazer and Dawson James are complemented by emerging stars.

Devotees of the thrilling Tasmanian spirits scene, especially those amazing whiskies, will also find much to love. A visit might be your best chance of trying rarities from distilleries such as the wildly successful cult favourite, Sullivans Cove.

A thoroughly deserved winner of Best Tasmanian list.

KEN GARGETT

Finalists

Fico

151 Macquarie St, Hobart
(03) 6245 3391
ficofico.net

CUISINE Italian
WINE LISTPhillip Poussart and Ben Devereaux
WINEs ON LIST 234 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($32-$14 by the glass)

A scintillating list that pushes boundaries in every sense, focusing strongly on local wines from Tasmania and then Italy, the native wines of the cuisine. Fico’s wine collection is a thrill, showcasing the cutting edge of natural wines, boutique producers and a collection of the state’s finest emerging winemakers. Amongst all this, there are runs of rare wines from cult favourites Radikon, select Jura wines, grower Champagne and choice Burgundy. The list is laid out in weights and styles rather than varieties, meaning diners quickly work out where their markers are. The spirits selection is the icing on the cake, with brilliant digestifs coupled to whisky and smart miscellaneous spirits. Local, excellent beers are the clincher. Right on, Fico!

The Cannery

60 Lymington Rd, Cygnet
(03) 6211 8332
portcygnetcannery.com

CUISINE Wood-fired pizza, chargrilled skewers and small plates
WINE LIST Paul Lipscombe
WINEs ON LIST 66 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($15-$11 by the glass)

Located at the Port Cygnet Cannery, this hideaway gem offers fine wine alongside paddock-to-plate cuisine. Local Huon Valley wines, such as Sailor Seeks Horse and Chatto, mingle with thought-provoking wines from wider Tasmania, the Australian mainland and beyond. Small producers with a light environmental footprint are the focus.

Glass-Rated

Black Cow Bistro

70 George St, Launceston
(03) 6331 9333

blackcowbistro.com.au

CUISINE Steakhouse
WINE LIST Jimmy Welsh
WINEs ON LIST 148 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($35-$13.5 by the glass)

Diners can take confidence in the highly curated nature of Black Cow’s wine list and delight in the exploration of Tasmania’s superb cool-climate wines. It’s a compact, balanced list, which shows maturity and sophistication in its selection. Small local producers are the deserving main act, though there is also a thoughtful global and interstate spread. The artisan spirit listing is impressive, with a good set of gin and whisky, and Tasmanian beers are well represented.

The Cannery

60 Lymington Rd, Cygnet
(03) 6211 8332
portcygnetcannery.com

CUISINE Wood-fired pizza, chargrilled skewers and small plates
WINE LIST Paul Lipscombe
WINEs ON LIST 66 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($15-$11 by the glass)

Located at the Port Cygnet Cannery, this hideaway gem offers fine wine alongside paddock-to-plate cuisine. Local Huon Valley wines, such as Sailor Seeks Horse and Chatto, mingle with thought-provoking wines from wider Tasmania, the Australian mainland and beyond. Small producers with a light environmental footprint are the focus.

Fico

151 Macquarie St, Hobart
(03) 6245 3391
ficofico.net

CUISINE Italian
WINE LISTPhillip Poussart and Ben Devereaux
WINEs ON LIST 234 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($32-$14 by the glass)

A scintillating list that pushes boundaries in every sense, focusing strongly on local wines from Tasmania and then Italy, the native wines of the cuisine. Fico’s wine collection is a thrill, showcasing the cutting edge of natural wines, boutique producers and a collection of the state’s finest emerging winemakers. Amongst all this, there are runs of rare wines from cult favourites Radikon, select Jura wines, grower Champagne and choice Burgundy. The list is laid out in weights and styles rather than varieties, meaning diners quickly work out where their markers are. The spirits selection is the icing on the cake, with brilliant digestifs coupled to whisky and smart miscellaneous spirits. Local, excellent beers are the clincher. Right on, Fico!

Mures Upper Deck

Victoria Dock, Hobart
(03) 6231 1999
mures.com.au/upper-deck

CUISINE Seafood
WINE LIST Grigory Rodionov
WINEs ON LIST 133 (33 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($15-$10 by the glass)

If you are keen to learn more about Tasmanian wine, then look no further than Mures. It is a sheer celebration of the jewels that the island state has to offer. There are wines from established wineries, such as Stefano Lubiana, but also from small newcomers like Hughes and Hughes. Each wine listed has a helpful description and tasting note to point you in the right direction. And there are plenty of vibrant whites and light reds to suit the seafood-focused fare. Mainland producers are selectively included, so you also get the chance to try a complex Tyrrell’s semillon or a rich and spicy Shaw + Smith shiraz. There’s a small selection of reserve whites and reds at the end of the list, including some rare single site wines that are not to be missed.

Stillwater

2 Bridge Rd, Launceston
(03) 6331 4153
stillwater.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Jimmy Welsh
WINEs ON LIST 191 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($25-$13 by the glass)

A Tasmanian-focused list showcasing the best the island has to offer, from fragrant cool-climate wines to artisan beers and spirits. The by-the-glass selection is on-point, offering premier wines that shine with food. As for the sparklings, they are a glorious exhibition of the heights achieved in Tasmania with bubbly. The riesling selection is rather fabulous, as is the sweep of chardonnay and pinot noir. There are worthy mainland and select international entries, but that is not the list’s primary focus. Stillwater presents diners with a magnificent exposé of Tasmania and is a must-visit destination for anyone serious about exploring the vinous delights of the island.

Terrace Kitchen

Country Club Avenue, Prospect Vale
(03) 6335 5777

countryclubtasmania.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Robyn McInerney
WINEs ON LIST 254 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($25-$10 by the glass)

The simple yet beautiful hand-drawn maps and personal staff recommendations add an approachability, friendliness and gentle depth to this list, which is clearly serious about all fine wines. Tasmanian wines are presented alongside interstate and global representatives. The result is a list that champions the local but is also outward-looking. It offers interesting wines to those who want to engage in the wide world of wine. Bravo.