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The Royal Mail Hotel from Dunkeld, Western Victoria has won the prestigious Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards 2012. This iconic Aussie hotel located in the middle of the bush triumphed over Australia’s big city restaurants with the quality and depth of its wine list.
The list presented by sommelier Sebastian Crowther was described as exemplary by award Chairman of Judges, Peter Forrestal, who is supported by a panel of 28 of some of the world’s finest wine commentators, Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine from across Australasia, the UK, Europe, the USA, and Asia.
“Everyone was thoroughly impressed by the Royal Mail’s extensive choice of wines across different price points, wines by the glass, collections of museum verticals and, of special note, an extraordinary selection of local and international rieslings,” said Rob Hirst, chairman of Fine Wine Partners and Judy Sarris, editor, Gourmet Traveller WINE. The Royal Mail also won best Country Restaurant Wine List, Best List in Victoria and sommelier Sebastian Crowther was awarded the Judy Hirst Award for his role managing the winning list.
Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards presented by premium wine distributor Fine Wine Partners and leading magazine Gourmet Traveller WINE was established in 1994. Each year the event brings together an esteemed, independent panel to judge Australia’s wine lists – a harder task than ever in 2012 – with a record 425 lists submitted by restaurants, wine bars, international hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes and brasseries across the country.
A new accolade, Best Listing of Australian Wine (won by Sydney’s Aria) was created this year to reflect a call from consumers and the local wine community to see more Australian wines on our wine lists.
Winning wine lists were spread around the country with Victorian wins including Royal Mail Hotel – Australia’s Wine List of the Year and Country Restaurant Wine List, Lake House, Daylesford – Regional Wine List, Circa, The Prince – Food and Wine Matching List, Melbourne Supper Club – Wine Bar List, The Botanical – Pub Restaurant Wine List, European – Café/Brasserie Wine List, and Healesville Hotel – Beer List. NSW winners were Rockpool Bar & Grill – Aperitif List and Digestif List, Bloodwood – Small Wine List, Balla, The Star – International Hotel Restaurant Wine List, Est – List of Wines by the Glass, Aria – Listing of Australian Wine. WA’s The Trustee won this year’s New Wine List – Tony Hitchin Award and The Brisbane Club in QLD once again won Club Wine List.
Top lists in each state were won by Rubicon, ACT, Char Restaurant, NT, Ortiga, QLD, Apothecary 1878, SA, Me Wah, TAS, Rockpool Bar & Grill, WA, Glass Brasserie, NSW and Royal Mail Hotel, VIC The Gourmet Traveller WINE Readers’ Choice Award for 2012 went to Aria – Sydney, NSW