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Our wine list is guided by the ratings of independent experts such as James Halliday. With this help, we can offer top quality wines that are affordable and well-reviewed. Our wine list has up to 30 Australian and New Zealand wines, and we mostly source single vineyard wines that are typical of their region.

The one feature of our bar that guests appreciate the most is our "cork it" policy. In short, any bottle that isn't finished is returned to the bar and then placed on your table again at the next meal. This way, you can have one glass of good wine a night without breaking your budget. Some of our recent wines include:

A great choice of wine on Lord Howe IslandClover Hill Cuvee Rose NV
94/100 - 54% chardonnay, 43% pinot noir, 3% pinot meunier. A delicious rose, with vibrant rose petal, watermelon and spice aromas, it spends over 2 years on tirage, and the base wine is taken through partial mlf. Its freshness and drive, coupled with a seemingly low dosage, gives a pleasingly dry, lingering aftertaste (James Halliday).

Freycinet Riesling 2017
97/100 - Fills the senses with its perfume and floral blossom, which, however, doesn't prepare you for the purity and laser precision of the palate. The acidity is, of course, natural, but it fits in discretely behind the fruit, not seeking attention for its own sake, however important it is (James Halliday).

Pewsey Vale Prima Single Vineyard Riesling 2017
96/100 - Extensive trials preceded the first vintage in '07. Super-intense lime juice flavours reflect the vintage and the brilliant balance between 22g/l residual sugar and 8.4g/l of acidity (James Halliday).

Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Pinot Gris 2017
95/100 - Hand-picked solely from Block 2, whole-bunch pressed, part fermented in used French puncheons. The aromas of the bouquet are positively heady with floral cherry blossom, then a textured and intense palate with far more to say for itself than all but a few of its combatants (James Halliday).

Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2017
96/100 - This is a dignified sauvignon blanc that continuously reveals itself as you move from the bouquet through to the aftertaste of the palate. Initially it has classic restraint, but by the time you pick up the sweet fruit (not sugar) you realise it's the product of a vintage designed for sauvignon blanc (James Halliday).

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2017
4.5 stars - Mouthfilling and punchy, it shows good weight and intensity, with crisp acidity woven through its vibrant melon, passionfruit and lime flavours, dry and lingering (Michael Cooper).

Silkman Reserve Semillon 2017
97/100 - The highly expressive bouquet has layers far more often found in red than white wines, and the palate is little short of electrifying, instantly reaching every corner of the mouth. I seldom give points of this magnitude to a 1yo semillon, but this is no ordinary wine. Its glittering acidity throws off sparks of lemon, lime and crushed green leaves/grasses (James Halliday).

Forest Hill Chardonnay 2017
96/100 - Gin Gin and Bernard clones 76, 95 and 96, chilled, whole-bunch pressed to French oak (20% new) for a cool, wild yeast fermentation (partial mlf) and 9 months maturation. This is a sumptuously rich chardonnay that keeps its belt tight thanks to all important natural acidity keeping off centre stage, allowing white peach and nectarine to joust with the grapefruit and melon flavours (James Halliday).

Mountadam High Eden Chardonnay 2016
97/100 - From the oldest plantings on the estate, fermented in French oak, matured for 12-14 months before a barrel selection for this wine, which is one of the best produced ex the Eden Valley as a whole. It has fluid grace and effortless power, the fruit flavours at the midpoint of the stone fruit (white peach)/citrus (grapefruit) spectrum. Lovely wine (James Halliday).

Shaw + Smith Shiraz 2016
97/100 - Vibrant purple-black; seduces with swathes of dark cherries dipped in kirsch, florals, ferrous and woodsy spices, with toasty oak sewn to the shape of the fuller-bodied palate. Everything is in its place, creating an immaculate whole - the fine-grained tannins, the length, the freshness and detail. It's polished and totally convincing (James Halliday).

Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2016
97/100 - 50% whole berries, 50% destemmed, wild yeast open-fermented, matured for 10 months in used French oak. Just another $30 McLaren Vale shiraz? Absolutely not. This is profoundly exciting, another masterpiece from Peter Fraser. It's spicy, textured, with a rainbow of dark fruit flavours - bloody gorgeous (James Halliday).

The Yard Acacia Shiraz 2016
96/100 - You could hardly ask for a more pitch-perfect Frankland River shiraz. It blends ripeness and impact with savouriness-bordering-on-earthiness. It offers peppercorn and sweet black cherry/plum flavours and comes with an intricate latticework of tannin. It extends through the finish without any problem at all. It nods to the hedonistic side of the red wine lover, but also to the cerebral side. Smoky oak looks as though it was born to be there. Voila, just like that (James Halliday).

Paringa Estate Shiraz 2016
97/100 - Absolutely classic Paringa, one of the first out of the blocks on the Peninsula with shiraz in the 1980s, picking as late as June. Warmer vintages haven't blunted the impact of the spicy/peppery blackberry, blood plum and licorice flavours supported by fine tannins and subtle oak (James Halliday).

Wynns The Gables Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
97/100 - Blood plum, currant and anise scents are sheathed in a smooth veneer of detailed, gravelly and yet, impeccably massaged tannins. Together with juicy acidity, these serve as a welcome signpost to the fruit while conferring authority and a welcome savouriness. The finish is long and saline, laying bay leaf and strewn herb across the gums while expanding the flavours across the palate. This is fine, highly refined cabernet with compelling vinosity and sap. Sue Hodder is a cabernet wunderkind with wines firmly stamped with a regional footprint (James Halliday).

Parker Terra Rosa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
96/100 - This is a welcome return to form; a beacon of light for a region that has fallen under the bushel of those on western shores. The tannin management here, recently lacking in Coonawarra, is exemplary. Of a pure varietal clarity with cassis, bay leaf, cedar, olive and bouquet garni, strewn about a crucible of well-appointed oak. Nothing is excessive. This is mid-weighted of composure (James Halliday).

Majella Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
96/100 - This hits the bullseye, a great example of the synergy between place and variety. Its colour is good, as is the bouquet, and that arrow arrives the moment the wine enters the mouth. It has waves of luscious, juicy red and black fruits that fill every corner of the palate, tannins and oak doing the job expected of them (James Halliday).

Lowburn Ferry Homeblock Pinot Noir 2014
95/100 - Aromatic pinot noir with bright dark cherry, raspberry, spice, anise and smoky oak flavours. Full-flavoured wine, with a good structure of peppery tannins suggesting cellaring potential. A stylish wine with a lingering finish (Bob Campbell).

Oakridge Local Vineyard Hazeldere Pinot Noir 2016
96/100 - From the Upper Yarra's red volcanic soils, 80% whole berries, 20% whole bunches, open-fermented, matured for 10 months in French oak. The scented bouquet is filled with red fruits and flowers, the palate taking the wine onto another level with its elaborate tapestry of red and blue fruits offset by a spicy/savoury cross stitch (James Halliday).

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