Looking for a wine restaurant in Sydney? Visit Hunter & Barrel

Posted: October 7, 2019
Hunter & Barrel Dining

Hunter & Barrel is a stalwart of fine wining and dining, but with a casual twist.

Our dishes, cocktails, decor, and wines set the standard when it comes to enjoying a meal or a drink out, and you’ll always feel welcome and relaxed when you step through these doors.

So whether you’re searching for the best wine bars in Sydney for a casual drink with friends, or simply prefer a restaurant that knows a thing or two about vino for a fantastic dining experience, we have you covered. 

You’ll find many types of wine at Hunter & Barrel, so before you arrive, explore our wine menu and learn a little about what you can expect. 

Wines on the menu 

Hunter & Barrel is a steak restaurant at heart, which means many eyes turn directly to our variety of red wines. 

We carry fives types of Shiraz, including a Vasse Felix from the Margaret River, a Zeppelin from the Barossa Valley, a Brokenwood from the Hunter Valley, a Barossa Babe – also of the Barossa Valley, and a Heathcote Winery Shiraz from Heathcote in Victoria. 

Shiraz is a classic Australian vino, and its range of medium to full-bodied drops makes it an easy go-to for any kind of red meat dish. 

You’ll also find a couple of Pinot Noir on our wine menu. One from the Tarrawarra Estate in the Yarra Valley, and another from Quartz Reef, a winery in the Otago region of New Zealand. 

Pinot Noirs are typically at the lighter end of the red scale, meaning they still offer an excellent accompaniment to meats, but are versatile enough to complement chicken dishes and pork dishes alike. 

On the lighter side, our white wine range includes a decadent range of Australian and New Zealand wines. 

Look for the Levantine Hill ‘Estate’ Sauv Blanc/Semillon for a crisp stone fruit-reminiscent drop that’s ideal for white meats and seafood flavours. 

Or consider the Smith & Hooper Pinot Grigio, a light and fruity vino made for sipping over a shared starter throughout a long sunny afternoon on our Cockle Bay patio. 

If you’re not sure about our brands of wine, simply ask your server or bartender to talk you through a few of the basics. 

Perfect pairings

If you’ve already explored our dinner menu and know exactly which meal you’ll be ordering, it’s time to search for that perfect pairing.  

Keeping in mind that taste is subjective and if you’re really craving a refreshing white wine with your wagyu beef, we’re neither here to judge you or stop you – here are a few quick recommendations for food and wine pairings at Hunter & Barrel. 

  • Braised Lamb Shank – The Snake and Herring ‘Dirty Boots’ Cab Sauv
  • Wagyu Rump – Barry Brothers Shiraz Cabernet
  • Whole Barramundi –  Pewsey Vale Prima ‘off dry’ Riesling
  • Tasmanian Kangaroo – Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache
  • Pork Ribs – Quartz Reef Pinot Noir

Wine restaurants can be tough to navigate when there are so many wonderful options on the menu, so don’t hesitate to let your server know your tastes and ask them for a recommended pairing with your meal. 
If you’re ready to try some of the best wine in Sydney at Hunter & Barrel, book a table in Cockle Bay and start deciding on which vino you’ll try first.

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