Young Henrys Real Ale and Natural Lager

Young Henrys is a local brewer operating out of Newtown, with a simple philosophy to brew beer the local community would enjoy and be proud to call their own. Their Real Ale is where British style meets Aussie tastes — a perfect autumn thirst quencher — while the Natural Lager is an easy drinking simple beer that will be perfect for soaking up those last warm nights. 12pk of 375ml cans

Downtown Single Vineyard Chardonnay

A great example of why chardonnay is making such a comeback. A perfumed nose of apple and jasmine flows to stone fruits and citrus on the palate. The fruit is complemented by judicious use of older oak to provide a lingering vanilla note. Perfect for a roast chicken with gravy and lots of roast root vegetables. $20-$30

Downtown Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

Pinot noir is a temperamental, thin skinned, fickle grape that requires time and attention. With a small percentage of whole bunch fermentation, this pinot balances fresh fruit intensity with acid and tannin perfectly. A finish containing hints of Asian spice makes this a great match for Chinese, especially Peking Duck. $20-$30

Blue Pyrenees Dry Rosé

Made from 98% pinot noir and a little pinot meunier – the two red grapes used in traditional champagne making. The palate shows vibrant flavours of glazed cherry with strawberry and cream characters and a crisp dry finish. This is perfect for a last minute BBQ, making the most of those final warm evenings. $15-$20

Downtown Barrel Reserve Pinot Noir

Handpicked from the top block of the vineyard, the Barrel Reserve is a study in all things great about Yarra Valley pinot noir — fragrant, vibrant and elegant. This is a wine that you can put away for up to five years, while the impatient will be rewarded as well. Veal Scaloppini cries out for a wine like this.   $30-$40

Trends

Local craft breweries

The craft trend shows no sign of abating and continues to change the shape of the beer industry.
Why are we so hooked? Well, for a start it’s not just about the beer. Breweries these days embrace the community, tempting us into their breweries for lunch and fresh beer.

Rosé

The rosé revolution is well under way and what better way to see out those last warm days than with a chilled glass of rosé? Rosé is generally made by crushing red grapes. However, unlike with red wine, only brief contact is allowed between the grape skins and the juice — the longer the contact from the skins, the darker the colour of the rosé. This helps explain why some rosés will be a very pale shade of pink, while others will be much darker and almost red. Right now it’s the lighter salmon coloured hues that we are enjoying.

Yarra Valley region

With vines first planted in 1838 at Yering Station, the Yarra Valley was Victoria’s first wine growing district. Due to the Depression and adverse natural conditions, the vineyards that totalled over 1,000 acres were all converted to pasture before replanting began in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Now recognised as one of Australia’s premier cool climate producers, and home to more than 80 wineries, the Yarra Valley is best known for its pinot noir and chardonnay, while also producing world class shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. Moët & Chandon were so taken with the region they set up an Australian home at Domaine Chandon.