State Winner Queensland: Ortiga, Brisbane
Ortiga is one of Australia’s most contemporary and polished restaurants with a wine list to match. The personal crusade of restaurateur Simon Hill, it fuses the depth of the cellar he established while operating Isis on the same site, with a comprehensive, leading-edge Spanish component.
Whether you’re eating the modern Spanish fare served adjacent to the kitchen downstairs or snacking from small plates in the open bar, there’s a wealth of wine on offer. Wines by the glass carry a Spanish accent and trace around the parameters of the cuisine. Sherry takes a prominent pride of place, and there’s an overall sense of quality and value.
Each part of the list shows a deep understanding of the context, genre and form among top producers. Both the Burgundy and Spanish sections feature useful information. The depth of the Bordeaux on offer shows an appreciation for serving great wines at their peak. Feature pages for Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Guigal add lustre to the top end of the European choices. The Australian content reflects the strength of each region represented, making a comprehensive statement of the leading edge of Australian wine.
The presentation and impeccable service led by Simon Hill and sommelier Matt Brooke rounds out the wine experience with world-class attention to detail. Guests can tap into any section of this extensive wine list with confidence, knowing they’re in experienced hands.
WORDS NICK STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY ORTIGA
Ortiga, 446 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Qld, (07) 3852 1155
This article is from the August/September 2010 issue of Gourmet Traveller WINE.