Summer has come to an end and it’s time to shelve the beach gear to prepare for Melbourne’s picturesque autumnal blush. As always, we’re here to help, with a dozen bottles to say goodbye to the heat-filled months. Whether you’re holding on to the last of summer’s rays, or need something to stand up to slowly braised meats & richer sauces, we’ve got you covered. To start, there’s a large format farm-house style saisonette from Melbourne, and for whites a Yarra Valley chardonnay, and an off-dry NZ riesling. Textural Australian grown, Italian varietals feature with grigio, greco & arneis.  And because we aren’t ready to give pink wine the flick, a textural Heathcote rosato seals the deal. The Yarra represents with both a high quality pinot noir and a fun malbec, with an SA red thrown in for weight and spice. Finish with the midweight, juicy joy of Bardolino, Barossa dolcetto and Beaujolais. Enjoy!


La Sirene Saisonette, Melbourne (750mL),  $15

In ode to the traditional style from the Wallonia region of southern Belgium, this beer is soft and light with a rustic edge, much like the autumnal changes favoured by the change in season.  Take to the park – this beer is low in alcohol, has a slight carbonation and a lovely mix of sweet and bitter citrus notes.


2017 Vinoque Greco, Heathcote $24

By legendary family-run producer, De Bortoli, this Italian-inspired white is all about the freshness and crunch.  Originating from Campania in Southern Italy, greco is mineral-focused with a dense core of fruit.  It’s delicious on its own but makes a great accompaniment to the Spring Street Grocer’s air-freighted buffalo mozzarella!


2015 Framingham Classic Riesling, Marlborough, NZ $27

A wise riesling – sourced from some of their oldest vines, teamed with a little bottle age and hint of residual sugar.  A lovely representation of some of New Zealand’s highest quality riesling – quoted by Jancis Robinson herself!  This off-dry style screams for some chilli – if you haven’t had the chilli wonton dumplings at Hutong, you have a priority for the season.


2017 Monopole Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley $35

Our dear friends from Punt Road have made us a barrel selection of some of their finest pinot noir.  Exclusively from Coldstream, the only sub-region (and vineyard) they source from, winemaker Tim Shand is very talented and quite a character.
A little bunchy, a little spicy and packed with everything you want from a delicious Victorian pinot.


2014 Heartland Sposa e Sposa, Barossa Valley, SA $21

A blend of dolcetto and lagrein, 20 years of wine making experience plus $1 per bottle gets donated to the campaign for Australian Marriage Equality.  Do you really need another reason to dust out the pressure cooker and revitalise your stewing skills?


2015 Yarra Peaks Malbec, Yarra Valley $25

The fruit comes from the Primavera family vineyard, and is made by Arfion’s Dave Mac –bringer of exotic styles of effortless drinking wines.  This wine is plush and juicy with smoky undertones that’d team well with quality Meatsmith lamb sausages.


2017 Lino Ramble Pinot Grigio, McLaren Vale, SA $21

Lino Ramble is all about taking risks, pushing boundaries and jumping off dog kennels – according to them anyway. This wine is crisp, tangy and oh so fresh – start squeezing citrus and chopping chilli, you have a ceviche dressing on order!


2017 Adelina Eternal Return Arneis, Clare Valley, SA $26

Located in Spring Farm Valley, south of Clare and flanked by the likes of Wendouree, Adelina’s passionate and intellectual methodology is reflected in the styles and quality of the wines they make. Varietal, nutty and crisp, with a full-weighted palate, this wine lives up to rich pasta dishes.  Truffle and parmigiano pasta anyone?


2016 Westwood by Mac Forbes Chardonnay, Yarra Valley $23

Made by Mac Forbes, this single vineyard Coldstream chardonnay is made simply and effectively.  Balance is on point here with hints of oak ageing bringing complexity and structure.  Plentiful amounts of citrus and stone fruits that classically pairs with roast chook.


2017 Chalmers Rosato, Heathcote Vic $27

Thanks to the Chalmers family, Australia sees great diversity and joy from many Italian grape varieties grown on our shores.  A blend of three varieties (aglianico, sagrantino and nero d’avola), this rosé is bone dry with racy, mouth-watering acidity.  Very versatile with food – so take to lunch when you’re not quite sure what’s on the menu.


2016 Piron Beaujolais Village, Beaujolais, France $24

With fourteen generations of winegrowing over more than four centuries in Beaujolais, the Piron family know a thing or two about gamay! They are also sustainable, traditional and known for their work in reviving some of the highest quality crus of Beaujolais.  Classically gamay, the freshness of fruit and acidity pair wonderfully well with roasted pork belly*.
*must contain extremely crispy crackle


2015 Lenotti Bardolino, Italy $20

A blend of the same varieties used in Valpolicella and it’s Amarone big brother, this ripe but elegant Northern Italian number is a great warmer red to take the edge off the oncoming autumn brisk.  The slightly raisined fruit spectrum matches well with cheese – whilst we’re on the subject, have you met Victor, Caitlin or Effie in the Spring Street Cheese Cellar yet?


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