Best Digestif List

Black Bar & Grill

Black Bar & Grill

The Star, 80 Pyrmont St, NSW 
(02) 9657 9109

star.com.au/sydney/eat-and-drink/signature-dining/black-bar-and-grill

CUISINE Steakhouse
WINE LIST Addy Lam
WINEs ON LIST 1000+ (38 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$

Digestif – the last drinks of the night and the last category on any wine list, but how often are drinkers let down? Not at Black Bar& Grill. Final drinks are taken very seriously here with page after page of deliciousness, starting with muscat and finishing with rum.

Rutherglen kicks off the list with muscat and topaque ending with a dip into the precious Seppeltsfield Paramount Collection. James Godfrey, fortified maker at Penfolds, has some of his finest work on display under the ‘Tawny & Vintage’ listing, including his masterworks: Penfolds Great Grandfather 30-Year-Old Rare Tawny and 50-Year-Old Rare Tawny.

It’s a delightful segue into Ports and classic makers such as Warres, Fonseca, Ramos Pinto and Quinta Do Vesuvio with vintages going back to 1970. Madeira offers a nice contrast with a rare 1898 Solera from Henriques & Henriques the star.

Eau de vie, a powerful collection of cognacs, grappa, tequila, marc, armagnac and calvados – the latter nicely juxtaposed by a couple of New Jersey brandies – follow. All are available by the 30ml taste.

And all of that before you’ve reached the ‘Whisky/Whiskey ‘section. That’s when the real fun starts. jeni port

Finalists

Me Wah, Hobart

16 Magnet Crt, Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay, TAS
(03) 6223 3688

mewah.com.au/hobart

CUISINE Cantonese
WINE LIST Damien Byrne / Stephen Tso
WINE ON LIST 500 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($48-$12 by the glass)

A sophisticated, internally relevant wine list with an impressive selection of high-quality wine.  A stylish selection by the glass with a deserving focus on Tasmania, as well as a premium selection via Coravin.  The main list, organised by variety, is extraordinary and presents a learned collection of global wine.  Chardonnay and pinot noir are real highlights, especially the impressive collection of Burgundy, including a high-end set of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.  There is also a sweep of prestigious Bordeaux, of the kind rarely seen in Australia.  This stunning compendium of wine, combined with the spectacular Cantonese food, makes Me-Wah in Hobart an unmissable dining experience when visiting, or residing in, Tasmania.

Pendolino

412-414 George St, Sydney, NSW
(02) 9231 6117


pendolino.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Cristian Casarin
WINE ON LIST 201 (34 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($411-$10.3 by the glass)

An immaculately curated list that is a celebration of Italy  and Italian grape varieties at home and in other parts of the world. Coravin has been used to amazing effect - offering rare bottles at 75, 150 and 350 ml. Their rationale is explained on the list as they source lesser known examples of important Italian varieties, giving patrons a unique experience. Balance is provided by more well-known Australian wines. The offering of wines with age is exemplary.