Stillwater’s wine selection is anchored by a strong regional focus. The clearcut vision of sommelier/restaurateur James Welsh (a moderate collection of just over 150 wines) means each deserves its place and offers something unique. The celebration of Tasmanian terroir and talent is augmented by mainland and international counterparts. Opening with craft brews and artisanal gin from the burgeoning local scene, the list is strong on Tassie sparkling, including mature vintage styles alongside bright young things. Whites are refined and aromatic, ranging from dry and bracing riesling to textural sauvignon and pinot gris. The new-wave Australian chardonnay is a highlight, offset by accessible Burgundian options. Pinotphiles will delight in an array covering the breadth of Tasmania. Diners can confidently place their trust in thoughtfully considered wine pairings alongside the five-course chef’s menu. To finish, there’s scope for contemplative musings over single malt from the likes of Belgrove, Nant, Lark and Sullivan’s Cove. It’s no wonder this Launceston dining mecca is a beacon to locals and tourists alike.
CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST James Welsh
WINEs ON LIST 155 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($19-$10 by the glass)
Stillwater has wonderful estuary views and an exemplary regional list. The key is an excellent range of the varieties Tasmania does best placed alongside carefully selected international examples. Mainland Australia intrudes with varieties that are less successful in the chilly island climate.