Wine List of the Year
Judy Hirst Award
Best City Restaurant List
State Winner Victoria
Best Non-Alcoholic List

ATTICA, VIC

Attica

74 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea, Vic
(03) 9530 0111
attica.com.au

Cuisine Australian
WINE LIST Dom Robinson and Jane lopes
WINEs ON LIST 500 (32 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($62-$11 by the glass)

Needless to say, 2020 was been one tough year for the staff at Attica in Melbourne. Forced to close for most of the year for two Covid-19 lockdowns, Attica also lost the services of one of its long-time sommeliers, Jane Lopes, who returned to the US.

How reassuring then to see that in the midst of a devastating time, Attica is awarded the ultimate accolade in Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards: Best Wine List of the Year.

With the award comes recognition for the sommeliers, Dom Robinson and Lopes, who jointly take out the Judy Hirst Award. The Attica wine list of 500 wines leaves no gaps or suffers no lapse in judgement or style. In fact, even its non-
alcoholic creations are enticing, thus it is also awarded Best Non-Alcoholic List.

Dom Robinson, from Attica.
Dom Robinson, from Attica.

Judges found a lot in the Attica wine list to get excited about.

“A very fine wine list offering a rich selection of Australian and imported wines,” wrote one judge. “There are a few off-piste wines that need hand-selling but, ultimately, this is a well-presented and thoughtful wine list.”

Robinson and Lopes are to be congratulated for curating a list that is both daring – an aged Loire Chasselas by the glass – and reassuring in its selection of quality producers and classic styles from the Old and New Worlds of wine.

Diners are bound to be as excited by the collection of Aussie sparklings as they might be by the Champagnes. How refreshing to see an Australian wine list that doesn’t bow to France.

There’s a freshness, too, whether it’s a celebration of on-trend skin-contact whites, Australia’s new era of alternative grape varieties, the rise of gamay/Beaujolais and food-friendly light reds, or the modern interpretation and resurgence of grenache. Special mention must be made of the seriousness with which Attica takes rosé. We can only applaud its choices.

The staples of the modern Oz wine list – riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon – are given due reverence. Many a meal would be happily consumed at Attica with selections off these five touchstones alone.

Jeni Port

wine list of the year Finalists

Sixpenny

83 Percival Rd, Stanmore
(02) 9572 6666
sixpenny.com.au

CUISINE Contemporary Australian
WINE LIST Bridget Raffal
WINEs ON LIST 270 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($65-$15 by the glass)

One of the more innovative and exciting wine lists going, Sixpenny delves deep into the world of the small wine producer, touching on wines that are innovative, edgy and a little left-field. Sommelier Bridget Raffal looks to Australia and Europe for inspiration presenting featured makers like Jacquart, Josmeyer, Nicolas Joly and Domaine de L'Anglore. This is a wine list full of discovery and the odd surprise, of amphorae and unusual varieties (sciaccarello, aleatico, etc), of  skin contact whites and savoury wines aged under flor. The odd classic also can be found.

Bert's

2 Kalinya St, Newport
(02) 9114 7350
merivale.com/venues/berts

CUISINE Coastal European
WINE LIST Amandine Rouviere
WINEs ON LIST 1230 (43 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $-$$$ ($360-$13 by the glass)

Unbelievable. Bert's boasts an unbelievable wine list. This is an exciting and sensitive curation of some of the best wines from the best vintages, from Australia and the rest of the world. The selection of iconic Australian wines (including the great and difficult to obtain Wendouree) is thrilling, and the nuance and level of knowledge required to dance across the continents, as this wine list does, is frankly impressive.  Whether you are 'by the glass' or 'by the bottle' there is a plethora of choices made available to you. And not just limited to wine, either. Pre-dinner aperitifs, sherries, beers, spirits, digestifs... the list, quite literally, goes on. There is not much more to say. This list is incredible and should not be missed. Bravo.

Best City Restaurant List Finalists

Sixpenny

83 Percival Rd, Stanmore
(02) 9572 6666
sixpenny.com.au

CUISINE Contemporary Australian
WINE LIST Bridget Raffal
WINEs ON LIST 270 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($65-$15 by the glass)

One of the more innovative and exciting wine lists going, Sixpenny delves deep into the world of the small wine producer, touching on wines that are innovative, edgy and a little left-field. Sommelier Bridget Raffal looks to Australia and Europe for inspiration presenting featured makers like Jacquart, Josmeyer, Nicolas Joly and Domaine de L'Anglore. This is a wine list full of discovery and the odd surprise, of amphorae and unusual varieties (sciaccarello, aleatico, etc), of  skin contact whites and savoury wines aged under flor. The odd classic also can be found.

Cutler & Co.

55-57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
(03) 9419 4888
cutlerandco.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Liam O'Brien
WINEs ON LIST 590 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($75-$13 by the glass)

There are some places where you almost feel that there is no need to go beyond the wines offered by the glass. Cutler is one of them, made even better by the use of Coravin. Or simply go with the various sommelier selections designed to go with the menu. Otherwise, this is simply a superbly crafted list with a fine balance between classics and the weird and wonderful. You can’t go wrong.

State winner victoria FINALISTS

Cutler & Co.

55-57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
(03) 9419 4888
cutlerandco.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Liam O'Brien
WINEs ON LIST 590 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($75-$13 by the glass)

There are some places where you almost feel that there is no need to go beyond the wines offered by the glass. Cutler is one of them, made even better by the use of Coravin. Or simply go with the various sommelier selections designed to go with the menu. Otherwise, this is simply a superbly crafted list with a fine balance between classics and the weird and wonderful. You can’t go wrong.

Masani

313 Drummond St, Carlton
(03) 9347 5610
masani.com.au

CUISINE Regional Italian
WINE LIST Kara Maisano
WINEs ON LIST 590 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($22-$14 by the glass)

The wine list at Masani Dining (established in 1983) is written by Kara Maisano who has worked in her family restaurant since she was a little tacker. She is well qualified, having studied hard, and this is reflected in her knowledgeable drinks compilation. This is a mature list that has been shaped over time with impressive vintage depth and a good half bottle collection. Cocktails are classic and the range of aperitifs and spirits is broad. Points for clear layout and presentation, with a small but smart by the glass list that you want to drink- think Paris Syrah, Yangarra Grenache, Silkman Chardonnay.<br>This is an 'A' list that carries the considered taste and experience of its author, befitting an established family run eatery.

Best Non-Alcoholic List FINALISTS

Aria Sydney

1 Macquarie St, Sydney
(02) 9240 2255
ariasydney.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Alex Kirkwood
WINEs ON LIST 1700 (84 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($320-$15 by the glass)

This is an action packed wine list celebrating 20 years of Aria, Sydney. With 1700 wines and 84 by the glass, the list weaves its way around the world, showcasing the finer things in life: the new breed and the established; aged sake and amber wines; a Champagne extravaganza from maison to grower and Grange by the glass. A love of chenin blanc, William Downie, all things Jura, the domestic and international greats. Explosive and bursting with information, enthusiasm and exploring unexpected corners of the globe, this is a blockbuster, entirely suited to its plush interiors and iconic setting.

Cutler & Co.

55-57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
(03) 9419 4888
cutlerandco.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Liam O'Brien
WINEs ON LIST 590 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($75-$13 by the glass)

There are some places where you almost feel that there is no need to go beyond the wines offered by the glass. Cutler is one of them, made even better by the use of Coravin. Or simply go with the various sommelier selections designed to go with the menu. Otherwise, this is simply a superbly crafted list with a fine balance between classics and the weird and wonderful. You can’t go wrong.