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Guest Selector ➺Wilem Powell

Wilem Powell first became interested in wine while studying theatre at university in York, working as a sommelier while completing his degree. Upon graduation, he didn’t hesitate to throw himself head first into the world of wine, moving to London to work at iconic Shoreditch restaurant The Clove Club for several years, before leading the wine program at two-Michelin Star Moor Hall Restaurant in Lancashire. 

Last year, he left the UK to take up a position as the Head Sommelier at Sydney’s Quay where he now leads the award-winning wine team.

“This selection showcases some of the standout wines I've discovered throughout my career working in some of the world’s best restaurants. Treasured bottles that I particularly enjoy sharing with my guests when they dine.”

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Showcasing some of the standout wines Quay Restaurant Head Sommelier Wilem Powell has discovered throughout his career working in some of the world’s best restaurants. Treasured bottles that he particularly enjoys sharing with his guests when they dine.

Kir-Yianni Kali Riza Xinomavro 2018
By Ben Ranken Heathcote Fiano 2022
Suertes del Marques 7 Fuentes 2019
Dönnhoff Nahe Riesling 2021
Alkina Kin Grenache 2022
Ocean Eight Verve Chardonnay 2020

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THE SELECTION STORIES

Kir-Yianni Naoussa Village Xinomavro 2018

"I’ve always had a real soft spot for Greek wines, they’re incredibly fun to pull out of the cellar, particularly this grape: Xinomavro. It’s got a tendency to drink like a Nebbiolo, drying and structured but with an ethereal nose. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve served it blind to guests and they’ve thought it was top-quality Barolo."

Suertes del Marques 7 Fuentes 2019

"I’ve always loved volcanic wines, there’s a real je ne sais quoi about them, an energy that wines from volcanic soils all seem to share that really excites me. This is a great example from Tenerife in the Canary Islands. It’s mostly a native Spanish grape called Listán Negro. Drinking it transports you to that volcanic setting and it’s great with food that’s seen a lick of fire on a grill."

Alkina Kin Grenache 2022

"This winery is probably my single greatest discovery since moving to Australia. They represent a very modern vision of the Barossa and are obsessed with meticulously studying the soils of their vineyards. The result are these beautiful, bright, perfumed wines, of which I think their Grenache is probably the standout."

By Ben Ranken Heathcote Fiano 2022

"Mount Monument was the first winery I managed to get out and visit when I moved to Australia (complete with my first sighting of a kangaroo) so I have very fond memories of Ben’s wines. He makes them here, as well as his own brand Wilimee and side project By Ben Ranken, which includes a killer Fiano. It’s an Italian grape that is usually a little underwhelming, but this is textured and powerful; it’s one of Australia’s best examples of the grape."

Dönnhoff Nahe Riesling 2021

"I’m asked a lot by my guests in the restaurant what I like to drink. The answer entirely depends on the context – ‘where am I?’, ‘am I eating?’ and, most importantly, ‘am I paying?’ – but I’ll always tell them that later that night, after service, this is my go-to. Nothing is more thirst-quenching than a racy, slightly sweet Riesling."

Ocean Eight Verve Chardonnay 2020

"I came across this wine during my time in the UK, long before my move to Australia. I served winemaker Mike Aylward at The Clove Club, he was great fun and left a bottle of Chardonnay as a thanks for the meal. I served it blind to the sommelier team several weeks later and it was very well received, a lot of people assuming it was Chablis due to its nervy, salty character. It’s a beautiful Chardonnay and a real testament to what the Mornington Peninsula can produce as a wine region."