South Australia Winner

The Barn Steakhouse

The Barn Steakhouse

747 Glenelg River Rd, Mt Gambier 
(08) 8726 9999


barn.com.au

CUISINE Steakhouse
WINE LIST Kent Comley
WINEs ON LIST 750 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($8-$29 by the glass)

The Barn Steakhouse is like a hidden cave, tucked away in Mount Gambier, housing a stellar collection of local and international wines. Labels from the Limestone Coast are showcased in all their glory, from boutique producers, such as Bellwether, to the prestigious wines of Wynns.

The spread of cellared reds from the Coonawarra is nothing short of superb, as is the listing from wider South Australia. However, one’s local allegiance will be tested when one sees the contemporary selection of interstate wines, and even more so with the international set. Fine wines from Central Otago, Burgundy and Tuscany tempt and tease, but it is the Barolo collection that will have you floored.

The prices are extremely fair, and there are treasures to be found on every page. Whether you are a visitor to the region, or a vinous-loving local, you will adore drinking wine at The Barn Steakhouse. Toni Paterson MW

Finalists

Chianti

160 Hutt St, Adelaide
(08) 8232 7955


chianti.net.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST
WINEs ON LIST 297 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($11-$20.50 by the glass)

Chianti has the kind of old-fashioned hospitality that has locals coming back for more.  The food is consistently good and the wine list, although not revolutionary, is solid and jam-packed with dependable names.  Start with a glass of champagne while you flick through the pages of mainly Italian and Australian labels.  The Italian story is primarily illustrated through sangiovese and nebbiolo, with the Barolo and Barbaresco sections now including a museum suite.   For Australia, it is all about shiraz, grenache and cabernet (not pinot), including local favourites from the cellar like Wendouree, Wynns and Penfolds.  That said, there is also an excellent page on 'Italian Inspired Australians'.  A classically inspired list.

Hardy’s Verandah

74 Mount Lofty Summit Rd, Crafers
(08) 8130 9263


hardysverandahrestaurant.com.au

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LISTPatrick White
WINEs ON LIST 307 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($8-$52 by the glass)

Hardy's verandah is certainly a grand place to spend one's day, with its spectacular views over the Piccadilly Valley.  Sommelier Patrick White has compiled a solid wine list, showcasing local Adelaide Hills wines including mini vertical collections of producers such as Penfolds and Tapanappa.  There's a swanky Champagne spread and a heady set of Burgundy in amongst the premium international selection.  Also great to see spotlights on quality South Australian producers such as Wynns and Jim Barry.

CHAIRMAN'S COMMENTS: Chianti, one of Australia’s finest Italian restaurants, boasts just the kind of list you’d expect – wonderfully Italian and proudly local. Hardy’s Verandah, The Crafers Hotel and 2KW Bar & Restaurant are new and vibrantly youthful with much to intrigue and tempt. Each balances difficult-to-obtain local gems with innovative tastes from abroad.

Glass-Rated

2KW Bar & Restaurant

Level 8, 2 King William St, Adelaide
(08) 8212 5511


2kwbar.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST James Parham
WINEs ON LIST 360 (47 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($9-$22 by the glass)

A fun place with share plates and views of the city, with a slick wine list to boot. Great to see sommelier James Parham so supportive of local winemakers, with quality South Australian producers dotted throughout.  There is also enough imports to keep things interesting.  A solid selection by-the-glass and a top set of Australian sparkling wines plus some well-known Champagnes.  Much to love.

Apothecary 1878

118 Hindley St, Adelaide
(08) 8212 9099


theapothecary1878.com.au

CUISINE European
WINE LIST Paola Coro
WINEs ON LIST 500+ (34 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($8-$22 by the glass)

Apothecary has not rested on its laurels, and for this owner/sommelier, Paola Coro is to be congratulated.  It is a fine list, championing stunning local wines from South Australia's best producers. However, Coro has a keen eye on what is happening in the rest of Australia, as well as New Zealand, with thoughtful inclusions.  What excites me the most is the lists' slow evolution, with a breadth of styles and vintages, so you can delight in combing through to discover a forgotten favourite with bottle age.  There are some new wave wines to satisfy the curious plus plenty of respected and trusted names to give comfort.  As for international wines, there are many well-priced options.  There's an excellent cellar of half bottles, plus numerous wines by-the-glass, and the aperitif/digestive selection is seemingly endless.

Appellation

375 Seppeltsfield Rd, Marananga
(08) 8562 4144


thelouise.com.au/dining

CUISINE Regional Contemporary
WINE LIST Cassaly Fitzgerald
WINEs ON LIST 430 (33 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($10-$139 by the glass)

A visit to the Barossa would not be complete without a night at Appellation. Sommelier Cassaly Fitzgerald has compiled a stunning collection of the region's best labels.  Wines from the local community of Seppeltsfield, Marananga and Greenock are given pride of place followed by the wider Barossa, with back vintages and producer spotlights enriching the offering.  Fitzgerald also presents many fine international options, including a recently expanded collection of Burgundy.  As the night concludes, make sure to leave room for a top class digestif, such a local VP or Armagnac from the '70s.

Barn Steakhouse, The

747 Glenelg River Rd, Mount Gambier
(08) 8726 9999


barn.com.au

CUISINE Steakhouse
WINE LIST Kent Comley
WINEs ON LIST 750 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($8-$29 by the glass)

The people of Mount Gambier are a fortunate lot, with the Barn Steakhouse as their local. Fine Hereford cattle, aged for eight weeks, served alongside the finest red wines of the district, well make that the world.  A slick international wine list may not be what one expects to find, but that is exactly what sommelier Kent Comley delivers. An extensive, mainly Limestone Coast showcase by the glass, including aged wines via Coravin.  The sweep of global wines by the bottle is outstanding, with glorious back vintages of hard-to-find wines.  It is a veritable treasure chest for wine lovers and well worth the journey south.

Chianti

160 Hutt St, Adelaide
(08) 8232 7955


chianti.net.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST 
WINEs ON LIST 297 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($11-$20.50 by the glass)

Chianti has the kind of old-fashioned hospitality that has locals coming back for more.  The food is consistently good and the wine list, although not revolutionary, is solid and jam-packed with dependable names.  Start with a glass of champagne while you flick through the pages of mainly Italian and Australian labels.  The Italian story is primarily illustrated through sangiovese and nebbiolo, with the Barolo and Barbaresco sections now including a museum suite.   For Australia, it is all about shiraz, grenache and cabernet (not pinot), including local favourites from the cellar like Wendouree, Wynns and Penfolds.  That said, there is also an excellent page on 'Italian Inspired Australians'.  A classically inspired list.

Crafers Hotel

8 Main St, Crafers
(08) 8339 2050


crafershotel.com.au

CUISINE French Bistro
WINE LIST Liinaa Jaumdally
WINEs ON LIST 450 (40 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($6.50-$25 by the glass)

There is much vinous fun to be had at the newly renovated Crafers Hotel, especially when there's a spirited sommelier like Liinaa Jaumdally behind the extensive 'un-pub like' wine list.  You'll find gems from around the world, some with great cut and clarity, a few rough diamonds and others with a rustic sparkle.  The list is a plethora of twists and turns, with entries arranged by variety and then by price, which means that there are wines vastly different in style sitting side-by-side which could make it a little tricky to choose unless your wine knowledge is encyclopedic.  Though it is impressive and there is much to love.  The spread of vintages is wide; some are sure bets, though with others you will need to take a punt.  All in all, it is a daring international jumble of the hip, the local, the
weird, the classic and the composed.   There are additional hidden gems in the wine room plus a highly affordable and vast selection by the glass.  Enjoy the ride.

FermentAsian

90 Murray St, Tanunda
(08) 8563 0765


fermentasian.com.au

CUISINE Modern South-East Asian
WINE LIST Grant Dickson / Geoffrey Hunt
WINEs ON LIST 1220 (43 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($9-$25 by the glass)

At the end of a splendid musical performance, there are times when applause seems wildly insufficient to reward such magnificence.  This is the feeling when one devours the final page of the FermentAsian wine list.  It is a joyous exposé of exceptional wine, with a focus on the local as well as the global.  Dickson lets his palate, rather than fashion, guide him on his listings, resulting in an eclectic, individual composition of classic and contemporary wines.  World class.

Hardy's Verandah Restaurant

74 Mount Lofty Summit Rd, Crafers
(08) 8130 9263


hardysverandahrestaurant.com.au

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LIST Patrick White
WINEs ON LIST 307 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($8-$52 by the glass)

Hardy's Verandah Restaurant is certainly a grand place to spend one's day, with its spectacular views over the Piccadilly Valley.  Sommelier Patrick White has compiled a solid wine list, showcasing local Adelaide Hills wines including mini vertical collections of producers such as Penfolds and Tapanappa.  There's a swanky Champagne spread and a heady set of Burgundy in amongst the premium international selection.  Also great to see spotlights on quality South Australian producers such as Wynns and Jim Barry.

Lindes Lane

93 Rundle Mall, Adelaide
(08) 8227 2613


lindeslane.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Wes Gilson
WINEs ON LIST 100 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($9-$13 by the glass)

Tucked in a lane off Rundle St is this tiny bar with a surprisingly comprehensive selection of wine.  Over fifteen by-the-glass including, two nebbiolos delivered by Coravin.  Quite a personal and contemporary selection of wines reflecting the preferences of the staff, with a good spread of varieties and styles.  On the whole, prices are moderate, with the inclusion of a few splurge wines for when the occasion arises.

Playford, The

120 North Tce, Adelaide
(08) 8213 8888


theplayford.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Kimberly Jackson/ Riccardo Cervieri
WINEs ON LIST 250 (45 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($8.50-$26 by the glass)

It is clear that this list has been compiled by wine lovers, with a careful selection from a broad range of producers with quality being the driver.  They offer a range of wines by the taste, half and full glass, via and enomatic, including sparkling wines.  The list is arranged by variety making it easy navigate, with quality local and international selections.   For those with a keen eye, there are some absolute gems to be found.