food and wine


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 IslandWest Cape Howe Two Peeps Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Pale quartz-green; partial barrel fermentation has invested the wine with a faintly smoky bouquet and a textured palate; the flavours progressively intensify through the length and finish of the palate, with citrus and splashes of tropical fruit combining seamlessly. Great value. James Halliday 94/100

Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Yes, this is the epicentre of Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc, but it has the X factor big time. The fruit aromas and flavours are largely tropical, but there is an almost glossy mouthfeel on the tip of the tongue, the fruit flavours kicking in on the back-palate and finish. James Halliday 96/100

Pikes Riesling 2014
An exceptionally pure evocation of Clare Valley riesling demanding the use of the cliche 'classic'; there is not a hair out of place as you progress from the fine, but not yet demonstrative, bouquet to the revelation of the lime/lemon fruit and slatey backbone of the compellingly insistent palate and finish. James Halliday 96/100

Larry Cherubino Riesling 2012
A 60/40% blend from the Frankland River and Porongurup. Has the purity, the intensity, the singular fruit line, the balance, and the exceptional length that one has come to expect from Larry Cherubino; it is bone dry, but the fruit is so persistent you don't think in terms of dry or sweet. James Halliday 97/100

Robert Oatley Chardonnay 2013
This is a gift horse of some dimension; intensely flavoured white peach, nectarine and grapefruit chardonnay has been selected from various parts of Margaret River, given a perfunctory lick of oak, and then let loose on the chardonnay racecourse, leaving many more expensive wines floundering in its wake. James Halliday 95/100

Dalrymple Chardonnay 2012
Quality has a momentum to it and this wine has both. It's a powerful chardonnay, at ease with itself, full of flavours but with each note put carefully in place. One flavour cues another. Toast, lemon, mineral, melon, white peach and then smoky, chalk-like notes to the aftertaste. Lightning, then thunder. It rolls on for long after you've swallowed. James Halliday 95/100

Brokenwood Semillon 2013
Delicious semillon, its quality obvious. Fresh and racy with dry, textural elements through the finish. Citrus, lemongrass, hay-like elements, and a sweet milky character. A vigourous, energetic wine. It has the cut to see it age well, but it also has upfront appeal. James Halliday 94/100

Bay of Fires Pinot Gris 2014
Comes from the three very different (unofficial) subregions of the Derwent Valley, Coal River Valley and the East Coast of Tasmania. It may be an oxymoron, but this is a pinot gris that has positive flavours of peach, spiced pear and apple, with gently citrussy acidity; the length and balance are spot on. James Halliday 96/100

Hay Shed Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Estate-grown, open-fermented and matured in French oak for 18 months. 2012 was a great vintage in the Margaret River, producing many exemplary cabernets, combining elegance with intense varietal fruit. Here cassis floods the senses, so much so it is easy to forget the fine, ripe tannins and French oak lined up in silent support. James Halliday 96/100

Evans & Tate Metricup Road Cabernet Merlot 2011
Deep magenta; the highly expressive and complex bouquet offers cassis, redcurrant, cedar, violet and a little leafy complexity; the medium to full-bodied palate is unevolved, very fresh, taut and focused, with layers of fine tannins melting away before pristine fruit; beautifully constructed and incredible value. James Halliday 96/100

Cape Mentelle Trinders Cabernet Merlot 2012
Fragrant rose petal notes, crunchy blackcurrants, lively, precocious redcurrants and energetic acidity belie a warm, early season. Slightly raw tannins promise good things in time from this seamlessly assembled blend of 63/30/5/2% cabernet sauvignon/merlot/petit verdot/cabernet franc matured for 14 months in 20% new French oak. James Halliday 93/100

Majella Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Deep purple-crimson; a profound, full-bodied cabernet awash with cassis/blackcurrant, mulberry and Coonawarra earth, the tannins ripe and the oak in a support role. From a top-quality vineyard that has revelled in the vintage to produce a very long lived cabernet. James Halliday 96/100

Penfolds 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2011
A 51/49% blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz from McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley; it spent 12 months in 30% new and 70% in one-year-old American hogsheads. When all is done, I can't imagine a better SA red wine from this vintage. It ripples with cassis, mocha, dark chocolate and hints of tar and black olive; its texture and structure are exceptional, reflecting Penfolds' unrivalled experience in tannin management. James Halliday 96/100

Tuesner The Riebke Shiraz 2013
Six generations of the Riebke family have grown grapes in the Ebenezer district. Deeply coloured; resplendently mouthfilling, plum, blackberry and licorice tumble around each other on the medium to full-bodied palate; all this is good, but the quality of the tannins and acidity on the savoury finish is even better. Great value. James Halliday 95/100

Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz 2012
While predominantly Grampians shiraz, does have a splash of Bendigo shiraz included. Seppelt has well and truly taken itself back to the quality of its glory days in the '40s, '50s and early '60s under the winemaking baton of Colin Preece. While it overflows with blackberry, black cherry and plum fruit, it retains a spicy elegance, the hallmark of this outstanding shiraz region. James Halliday 95/100

Voyager Estate Shiraz 2011
Vibrant purple-crimson colour introduces a rainbow array of black cherry, blackberry aromas, the palate standing out as New World, mouth-filling and long; the perfectly pitched oak (36% new, mainly French) added a dimension in tandem with ripe, fine-grained tannins. James Halliday 96/100

Robert Oatley Finisterre Syrah 2012
Bright crimson-purple; the bouquet is expressive, with spice and red cherry fruits to the fore, the intense palate dramatically expanding into black cherry, multi-spice and plum fruit framed by outstanding tannin structure, plus quality French oak. Will live and prosper for decades. James Halliday 96/100

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2010
Arguably the most anticipated Penfolds release of '14, this is a standout St Henri of the modern era. The gentle touch of maturation in large, old vats propels the purity and definition of a benchmark vintage. It's elegant and effortless, framing impeccable fruit in finely honed tannins; a shiraz of space, grace, and enduring longevity. James Halliday 97/100

Turkey Flat Rose 2014
A specifically grown and tailored blend. Small wonder it is one of the best selling roses on the market, its upgraded label print and branded clear glass bottle drawing the eye; it is supremely elegant, fresh and balanced, its red fruits sparkling like stars on a clear night - there is no static or distraction from its message. James Halliday 95/100

Stonier Pinot Noir 2013
Made from 15 long-term contract vineyards, 40 batches in all; largely open-fermented and hand-plunged; 90% matured in French oak for 10 months (15% new); 10% matured in tank. Infinite attention to detail has been handsomely repaid in this utterly delicious, silky pinot; highly fragrant red fruits drive the perfectly balanced and very long palate. Great entry point wine, great value. James Halliday 95/100

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