Bentley Restaurant + Bar
27 O’Connell St, Sydney, NSW
(02) 8214 0505
WINE LIST Nick Hildebrandt/Ben Gardiner
WINEs ON LIST 1200 (50 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$
When it comes to the by-the-glass section of a wine list, size does not trump quality. Highly curated lists which present a tailored set of wines, that look good from the moment they are poured, are ideal.
The team at Bentley have a stunning selection on offer, with originality central to its charm. As always, they set rather than follow the trend, listing wines that they believe in and that complement their food and clientele.
The collection is proudly international, with top Australian wines sharing the stage with global representatives. German grauer burgunder, a chilled Barossa cinsault blend and a Hungarian blaufränkish are just some of the fascinating wines on offer. But there is also a fine Beechworth chardonnay and an aged Victorian shiraz if you are looking for something more familiar.
I commend the inclusion of detailed prose about the producers and wine styles. This provides context and encourages the diner to try something different. There is a range of fine and rare wines for those with deep pockets, but for the rest of us, the prices of the core range are moderate, especially when viewed in the context of Sydney fine dining.