Best Digestif List

Sepia

Sepia

201 Sussex St Sydney 
(02) 9283 1990


sepiarestaurant.com

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LIST Rodney Setter
WINEs ON LIST 1250 (84 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($70-$8 by the glass)

Creation of a collection judged Best Digestif List takes as much innovation, exploration, balance and alchemy as any award-winning wine list. Sepia has Caribbean rums, great Cognacs and Armagnacs, single malts, old tawny Ports and first-class vintage Ports, brilliant bourbons, wonderful Rutherglen fortifieds and liqueurs from the Czech Republic, Ireland and all around the world. Fancy some seriously thrilling whisky from Japan? How about Madeira going back to the early 1950s? Or push the envelope a little with less familiar categories such as grappa, marc and some exceptional eau de vie.

Dabbled with some fearsome liquid fires like Lebanese arak in your student days? Now try a good one, such as Château Musar. Want to try Fondillón? Here’s your chance. There are some especially exciting digestif sherries. Don’t miss the PX from Equipo Navazos, one of the world’s most exciting producers; Toro Albala, with their venerable old offerings; and the always impressive Romate. The digestif list at Sepia is so good, you might want to take care not to overdo it with their very fine wines. KEN GARGETT

Finalists

Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth

Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood
(08) 6252 1900


rockpool.com/rockpoolbarandgrillperth

CUISINE Steakhouse
WINE LIST Matthew Bell & Ian Baverstock
WINE ON LIST 2209 (68 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($75-$5 by the glass)

A Hall of Famer that has lost none of its allure. Still one of the best by-the-glass lists in the country with a wonderful bubbly selection and impeccable balance between the classics and the cutting edge. There’s amazing depth and breadth across the entire list and an eclectic range of local wines. What’s not to like.

The Argus Dining Room

124 Main Road Hepburn Springs,
(03) 5348 4199


theargusdiningroom.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Jeremy Shiell
WINE ON LIST 525 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($25-$7 by the glass)

Relax, you’re in experienced hands, with a smart, well-conceived, exciting wine list that also manages a little wine education with superb tasting notes and specialist producer profiles. Local producers from the Macedon Ranges are well supported, yes, but this is just the start of an international wine journey dropping by small, edgy producers from the Yarra Valley to Burgundy and Piedmont and beyond. Look to the sub-headings: The Natural Ones, The Weird Ones, etc. for guidance. It's an exciting ride.