Best Small List (100)


Institut Polaire

1/7 Murray Street Hobart, Tas
0432 925 895

Cuisine  Local wine bar fare
WINE LIST Louise Radman
WINES ON LIST 100 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($12-$18 by the glass)

Immerse yourself in all things ice-cool, calm and collected at Institut Polaire. It’s an upmarket Hobart bar with an ultra-sophisticated selection of wine, gin, whisky and amaro. Cool-climate sourcing is the theme which ties the portfolio together, along with a focus on wines and spirits made from low input farming and natural techniques. Multiple visits are a must to experience the many gems on offer, from flights of whisky, G&Ts and pinot, to snazzy cocktails, fragrant vermouths and a suite of stylish wines.

Owner Louise Radman presents a list which fascinates and excites, with a host of quirky small players, iconic producers and reliable labels. Local wines stand proud alongside select mainland inclusions and international jewels.

Pinot noir is a highlight of the list with an impressive sub-set of contemporary Tasmanian producers, including Chatto and Sailor Seeks Horse, as well as some fancy Burgundian labels and a few New Zealand inclusions.  

For something different, there’s a top spread of wines from the Jura and a choice of absinthes. The chic white marble and stainless-steel decor sets the scene perfectly, and there are plenty of local food options.  




141 Flinders Ln, Melbourne, Vic
(03) 9650 3155

CUISINE Vietnamese/French
WINE LIST George McCullough
WINEs ON LIST 100 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$39 by the glass)

This is a neatly curated compact international list of 100 wines. It’s an innovative list by the glass that is sizeable; has a wide choice of varieties; balances Australian and overseas wines emerging quality producers and established winemakers of excellent standing; while importantly, feels like a collection of the moment. The same comments could be made of it by the bottle. Fair pricing, too.

Black Cow Bistro

70 George St, Launceston, Tas
(03) 6331 9333

CUISINE Steakhouse
WINEs ON LIST 100 (10 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$35 by the glass)

An excellent and diverse list that pays homage to local wines while bolstering the offering with a global playlist that entices with artisan producers. Indeed, while one can drink deeply from sommelier-owners connection to Tasmania’s wine producers, he’s also showcasing rarities from the likes of cult, Etna natural wine producers Frank Cornelissen and enthusiasts will be pleased with the collection of back vintage wines from famed Barossa winery Rockford. By the glass is trim but offers a good spread of Tasmania’s varied wine producers and unofficial subregions, and there’s an excellent selection of beer and spirits for those seeking alternatives to wines. While the list sits at around 100 wines, it feels like a good adventure trawling through the collection, testimony to Welsh’s keen eye for diversity and interest.