Cuisine Modern Australian
WINE LIST Alex Kirkwood
WINEs ON LIST 1,450 (67 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$
Already a benchmark, Aria's list always impresses thank to its depth, attention to detail and sheer drinking pleasure on offer. Its extensive by the glass offering is something else boosted by a stunning compilation of iconic Australian and international wines. Start with youthful English fizz, J.J. Prum riesling or Gravner Anfora or something with age perhaps a 1996 Best's Bin O or 2001 Cos d'Estournel. The entire list follows the same stylish local and international theme. Wow. Just wow.
CUISINE Regional Italian
WINE LIST Kara Maisano
WINEs ON LIST 632 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($25-$12 by the glass)
A really fascinating list that will take the attention of any winelover at the table. Italy rules. For those who prefer the classics, the local wines are the go. Offshore, there are many more adventurous choices. And the pricing is exceptional. A list that will draw oenophiles back many times.
CUISINE Modern Australian/Gastropub
WINE LIST Anthony-Sabastian Tran
WINEs ON LIST 244 (43 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($24-$9 by the glass)
This wine list feels hip from the get go. By the glass has you reaching for every glass, a cavalcade of cool wines from younger gen producers and boutique wineries, styles that are straight from the avant garde play book, sections titled 'shades of pink, rose & orange', what's not to like? Amongst the edgy nature of the list is a core of seriously good quality wine with back vintage support, hence Grosset sees multiple selections, as does the like of Toolangi or the cult Cambrien wines of Heathcote. It's a very accessible list that nurtures pro drinkers as it does novices, providing a really broad overview of the current state of Australian wine culture while segueing neatly into some more adventurous realms. Imported wines are really strong too, with dedicated listings of fine Burgundy, various Italian wine regions' impressive wares and excellent bits and pieces from Argentina, Spain and USA. The bent to unusual or lesser-heard of grape varieties is great too. Clever stuff.