Wildflower 2018 Winner

In many ways, Wine List Of The Year is the Good Food Guide judging panel’s most difficult award to assess. A wine list just can’t be about size. Size matters, but it’s not paramount. Balance and interest are key judging criteria. A winning wine list does need to offer a significant range of varietals, price points and regions.

The panel undertook a bench audit of the top 12 wine lists in Perth. If we found, that after rigorous examination of the list, it remained unclear about how a particular list was employed during service and how well matched it was to an individual restaurant’s food offer, we paid a visit to “test drive” the list, in a dining setting. This helped to clarify some of the unknowns about particular lists.

It is impossible to have a winning list these days without it having regard for some of the more adventurous styles of modern winemaking, especially low intervention, organic and, yes, even the so-called orange wines. But it has to be more than window dressing and such wines have to be as carefully and thoughtfully brought on to the list as all other wines.

And to be shortlisted for this award a restaurant must have a killer by-the-glass list. It can’t be tokenist. With guests drinking less these days, the by-the-glass list is often all that diners are interested in and they want great choice.

There are many exceptional wine lists in Perth.

Our winner this year has refined its list considerably over the past 12 months. It was always one of the finest in the city, but it has reached new heights of interest. It is an exciting document, well-crafted and it covers all the bases of price point, varieties and regions.

Congratulations to Wildflower Restaurant at The State Building.

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It is impossible to have a winning list these days without it having regard for some of the more adventurous styles of modern winemaking, especially low intervention, organic and, yes, even the so-called orange wines."