Bentley, One Of Sydney’s Best Restaurants, Is Opening Its Rare Wine Vault For A Night
— Updated on 26 August 2022

Bentley, One Of Sydney’s Best Restaurants, Is Opening Its Rare Wine Vault For A Night

— Updated on 26 August 2022
Chris Singh
Chris Singh

One-off menus and special events are a dime a dozen when it comes to some of Sydney’s best restaurants. The city’s wealth of upscale diners regularly drum up some sort of ticketed event, typically anchored on a theme or to celebrate certain ingredients being in season. Rarely, though, do one-off menus excite us as much as this – Bentley Restaurant & Bar, one of the city’s most reliable fine dining restaurants, plans to open up the acclaimed Bentley Wine Vault for an intimate dinner on Tuesday, September 6th, pairing 14 extremely rare old-world European wines with a luxurious menu for no less than $1,000 a ticket.

Almost every year since Bentley Restaurant & Bar was opened in 2006 by chef Brent Savage and sommelier Nick Hildebrandt, the fine diner’s wine list has been named one of the very best in Australia. Hildebrandt’s well-sourced treasure trove of varietals from all over the world is good enough on any day, but there are certain off-menu drops that the public doesn’t usually have access to. Or know about.

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That’s what makes this Bentley wine dinner such a compelling offering, pulling no punches when it comes to fine, rare – mostly French – wines that date all the way back to 1979 vintages, pulled from regions such as Champagne, Burgundy and Alsace. And don’t worry, we’ve listed all of them below so you know exactly what to expect for the punchy price of $1,000 per person.

Tickets to the Bentley wine dinner will obviously be capped at a very limited number, seeing as it will all take place in the restaurant’s quaint private dining room.

“This is a rare opportunity to taste some of the rarest wines on the planet, paired with a menu of luxe ingredients, this will be a night to remember,” said Hildebrandt, who will be hosting the night with General Manager Paul Guiney.

See the full menu and matching wines below and if you want to buy a ticket to the Bentley wine dinner you’ll need to call the restaurant at (02) 8214 0505.


Sea Urchin Custard + Tomato + Kombu
Tuna Tartare + Oscietra Caviar + Chive + Koji
Kangaroo Striploin + Mushroom + Pepperberry
NV Jacques Selosse Substance Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut
2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs

First Course

Pearl Meat + Mandarin Kosho + Buttermilk 
2014 Trimbach Clos St Hune Riesling
2014 Weingut Keller Nierstein Hipping Riesling

Second Course
Comte Custard + Asparagus + Turnip + Palm Heart 
House-Made Bread + Cultured Butter
2011 Maison Pierre Overnoy Savagnin
2011 J.F Ganevat Chalasses Marnes Bleues Savagnin

Third Course
Southern Rock Lobster + Koshihikari Rice + Fingerlime + Jamon
2019 Domaine Bernard-Bonin Meursault Vieilles Vignes
2019 Pierre Yves Colin Morey Meursault

Fourth Course
Dry Aged Duck Breast + Pickled Pine Mushroom 
Parfait + Sourdough Toast + Herbs 
2018 Jean Marie Fourrier Vosne-Romanee Aux Reas
2018 Marquis d’Angerville Volnay Taillepieds 1er Cru

Fifth Course
David Blackmore Rib Cap + Smoked White Onion + Native Pepper
Cos + Red Velvet Salad + Mandarin Dressing
1979 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou – St Julien 2nd Growth
1979 Chateau Leoville-Las-Cases – St Julien 2nd Growth

Sixth Course
Jerusalem Artichoke Ice Cream + Quince + Caramelised Milk Chocolate  
1988 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume Grand Cru
1983 Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 1er Grand Cru Classe

Petit Fours

When: Tuesday, September 6th from 7 PM
Address: 27 O’Connell St, Sydney NSW 2000
Contact: (02) 8214 0505
Tickets: $1,000 per person.

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Chris Singh
Chris is a freelance Travel, Food, and Technology writer. He has had work published by The AU Review, Junkee Media and Australian Traveller Media and holds tertiary qualifications in Psychology and Sociology.


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