Great food, superb service and a terrific wine list – plus a brilliant riverside location just a short walk from the CBD – make this one of Brisbane’s favourites. Kick off with a top-notch sherry or a selection from the eclectic and extensive by-the-glass list or, better yet, look to the wines served via Coravin – names like J.J. Prüm, Didier Dagueneau, Raveneau, Sassicaia, Giaconda, Bindi and so much more. You could even order a glass (150ml) of the 2002 Henschke Hill of Grace ($320) or DRC’s 2009 Romanee-St-Vivant ($275). Half glasses are also available. An excellent array of sparklings includes thrilling Champagnes. Riesling focuses on leading regions. Whites from Italian and Rhône varieties, both local and from offshore, impress, until one looks at the chardonnays. Pinotphiles will be in heaven with an extensive selection of the finest, locally and from Burgundy. Serious cabernet includes top Bordeaux; more left-field offerings include tannat and carignan. Bargains are easy to spot, such as a Fraser Gallop (Margaret River) cabernet merlot for $45 (a bottle). There are halves and magnums, and plenty of superb fortifieds. It isn’t hard to see why it’s a favourite of the locals as well as the judges.
Wine list Ben McNair
Wines on list 620 (28 by the glass)
Wine prices $$$ ($23-$11 by the glass)
Exceptional list. One could debate the highlights - Champagne, riesling, chardonnay or the pinot-based wines are exceptional. The proverbial surfeit of riches. Coravin allows some brilliant glass selections - Domaine de la 2009 Romanée Conti Romanée-Saint-Vivant, 2002 Hill of Grace and 2012 Sassicaia for example. The list also has some great buys hidden away – 2012 Domaine Armand Rousseau Charmes–Chambertin for $425 is just one example. Great stuff.