2 Bridge Rd, Launceston
(03) 6331 4153
CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Jim Welsh
WINEs ON LIST 165 (12 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$30 by the glass)
The intention of Stillwater’s neatly pitched list is crystal clear with restaurant owner/sommelier James Welsh proudly proclaiming support for local, talented winemakers who produce “exceptional booze”. That means a who’s who of Tasmania’s finest feature.
Not surprisingly key varieties and styles lead by example. It’s why Arras, Clover Hill, Jansz, Glaetzer-Dixon, Stefano Lubiana, Stargazer, Sinapius, Bay of Fires, Holyman, Chatto, Delamere, Freycinet Vineyard, Sailor Seeks Horse, Home Hill and more grace its pages.
While it’s a compact selection of around 165 bottles, there’s an impression much more is being offered. Added depth comes from a clutch of Yarra Valley and Margaret River chardonnay, pinot noir from Victoria and New Zealand, offset by the right amount of Burgundy, plus German and Clare Valley riesling alongside some choice Champagne. There’s also added interest with wines from their appropriate regions, such as McLaren Vale grenache, Barossa Valley shiraz or Chianti Classico.
Perhaps most importantly, there’s a synergy between the wines and Stillwater’s fabulous, contemporary menu.