Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List in Australasia
Three venues, three World’s Best Wine Lists three-star awards: the Rockpool Bar & Grill is clearly doing something right with its wine offer. But of the three venues, it’s the Sydneysider that perhaps just squeaks in as the best of the bunch, earning a place on the shortlist for the Best Wine List in Australasia.
The range here, put together with the company’s customary flair and eye for modern wine trends, is magnificent, strong in each of the many regions it touches on, but always communicating a singular vision, or palate: one based, as we said in our round-up of the Perth venue, on terroir-sensitivity and drinkability.
If the World’s Best Wine Lists judges were to single out one part of the Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney list, however, it would have to be its collection of fizz. Featuring an A-to-Z of the great names of Champagne that is as strong on grower-producers as it is on big houses, the Rockpool fizz list also takes in a fine set of Australian sparkling producers, from Stefano Lubiana, House of Arras, Heemskerk, and Jansz in Tasmania to Bindi, Luke Lambert, and Yarra Yering in Victoria, not forgetting a trio of sparkling reds. With a smattering of Franciacorta, Cava, Vouvray, and New Zealand fizz also included, Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney was a clear winner for our judges of the Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List in Australasia.