Best Small List (50)



18-22 Old Pacific Hwy, Newrybar 
(02) 6687 2644

Cuisine Australian
WINE LIST Russ Berry/Sam Curtis
WINES ON LIST 50 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($10-$30 by the glass)

Russ Berry has negotiated his way through the mass of good and great Australian wines to curate a tight, best of the best list – all at more than fair prices.

Edgy styles and new-wave varieties rub shoulders with the classics. A teroldego from Margaret River (an almost unheard of red variety from northern Italy) pops up under Brad Wehr’s Amato Vino label alongside a Yarra Yering Dry Red Wine No 2. Australia’s best gamay from Sorrenberg vies for attention with the iconic Diana Madeline from Cullen.

The by-the-glass list offers the opportunity to drink ‘off piste’ with Ochota Barrels Weird Berries In The Woods Gewürztraminer and Ben Haines B Minor Blanc de Blancs just two persuasive examples. The list roams the country with small producers a focus and, while there’s plenty of the amber stuff you’ll taste at Rootstock, they’re all dangerously drinkable rather than funky for the sake of funk. All proof that ‘small and perfectly formed’ applies to wine lists as well. PETER BOURNE



416 King St, Newtown
(02) 9557 7699

CUISINEModern Australian
WINE LIST Amanda Cleal
WINEs ON LIST 48 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($11-$19 by the glass)

Thoroughly modern, thoroughly iconoclastic, Bloodwood is a daring small wine list of just 48 wines (and an excellent beer selection to boot). Its chock full of edgy, alt-left world wines made by the new generation of enthusiastic natural and biodynamic winemakers seeking a change. That might be skin contact for white wines or zero sulphur protection during winemaking. Dive in and be guided by the fact that there are some tasty,
well-priced wines to be had here.

Botanic Wine Garden

Shop 3, Garrison Building, 26 Clarence St, Port Macquarie
0431 520 812

CUISINEModern Australian
WINE LIST Tristan Tomlinson
WINEs ON LIST 48 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($9-$30 by the glass)

Botanic Wine Garden fills its small, 48-wine list to brimming with exciting Aussie producers making some of the smartest wines going, producers like Domaine Simha, Farr Rising, Unico Zelo and Mayfield. At its heart lies a range of organic and biodynamic wines, small batch winemaking made with attention to detail and some classic aged lovelies
such as Kilikanoon 2001 shiraz and Yarra Yarra 2005 cabernets. Modest mark up brings great value.

CHAIRMAN'S COMMENTS: In perhaps the toughest of the awards, Bloodwood is once again among the country’s finest small lists – an edgy collection by the glass, gorgeous house cocktails and interesting collection of beers and ciders. Port Macquarie’s Botanic Wine Garden is a carefully curated, cutting-edge Australian list that will challenge and delight.