Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards

Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards

Settlers Tavern

Awarded Best Listing of Australian Wines in the Wine List of the Year Awards 2015 announced on Monday 27 July. Sponsored by Wine Australia, the award recognises the West Australian bar and restaurant's long-standing commitment to showcasing the quality, regionality and diversity of Australian wine through its highly acclaimed wine list.

Established in 1994, Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards has an outstanding local and international expert panel to maintain integrity and independence plus add a global perspective.

Chairman of Judges, Peter Forrestal quite rightly shares his thoughts "The awards are not just about winning, it's also about revealing places with lists that excite and delight their customers"


Rob and Karen Gough attended the prestigious award ceremony and were presented with fantastic awards ....


Previous Three-Time Winner
Best Pub Restaurant 2009, 2010, 2011
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Best Listing of Australian Wines

The anguish of Australian winemakers upset at having to fight for a place among the French, Italians and increasingly pesky Spanish and Germans on Australian wine lists, as been acknowledged. This year we saw a record number of finalists eligible for Best Listing of Australian Wines and none better than Settlers Tavern.

Despite its relative isolation in Margaret River, Settlers Tavern has conquered distance and carrying charges to offer one of the most thrilling and comprehensive Australian wine listings in the country. It's not the biggest listing of Australian wines, but with more than 300 quality wines - at very smart prices, too - we were taken by its commitment and enthusiasm.

From up-and-comers like Ministry of Clouds and Lethbridge, to natural wine progressives Domaine Lucci and Jauma as well as the classics - d'Arenberg, Wendouree, Grosset, Cullen - the listing tempts with almost every entry.

Natually, the touchstone is Margaret River. Sommelier, Karen Gough has assembled a wonderful selection of local wines, including multiple vintages of Cullen's Kevin John Chardonnay and Diana Madeline Cabernet, Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay back to the rare 2001 and 2002 vintages, Moss Wood and Woodlands cabernets and the new sensation, Cloudburst.

The list presentation is idiosyncratic with more information than most, but rest assured its not a chore to read through.

Keep an eye out for the Rare and Limited selections. They're gold.

Jen Port - Aug/Sep
Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine

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Readers' Choice Award

It's not surprising that Settlers Tavern has won Gourmet Traveller WINE's Readers Choice Award. After all, they've been the people's choice in Margaret River for a decade. It is a tavern so it's noisy, invariably packed and a trifle chaotic.

In fact, the wine list is also chaotic. It's crammed with information and breaks all the rules about order, but is enticing. It is an international list offering the wines that Margaret River doesn't do well (riesling and pinot noir) and those that offer tantalising contrasts with what Margaret River excels in making (sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and cabernet). The Australian offerings are cutting edge - what the locals need to see.

From overseas, there's enough Burgundy and New Zealand pinots and Barolos from Piedmont to satisfy. More quirkily, there's sagrantino from Montelfalco, an aglianico from Pete Schell in the Barossa, pilotage from Swartland, mencia from La Mancha and pinot from Patagonia.

In regards to Margaret River, the great wines are on the list, including Cullen, Vasse Felix, Xanadu, Leeuwin, Cape Mentelle, Voyager, Woodlands. There's also the new, exciting and edgy from Will Berliner's Cloudburst, Marq, Ipso Facto, Blind Corner, Carpe Diem, Si Vintners, Walsh & Sons, Flowstone and Windows.

There are Rare & Limited sections for wines with age including some verticals.

Owners Karen and Rob Gough are professionals (he's a qualified sommelier) who know how to make a place hum. Prices are modest, almost in the extreme. And the by-the-glass list? it's just won the award for Australia's finest.

Peter Forrestal - Aug/Sept
Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine