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Style: Dry White


Its about flavour and balance and its about structure and finesse. The delicate yet complex bouquet displays a struck match character with a fresh and vibrant grapefruit and citrus palate melded with cashew and minerality. There is a clean finish of great length. The wine will mature well for at least 10 years.

  • Details

    Varietals: Chardonnay

    Clones:  95, 76, Mendoza

    Harvest: 3-6 March, 2017

    Baume at Harvest: 12.0

    pH at Harvest: 3.3

    TA at Harvest: 6.0

  • About

    The Yarra Valley is one of the best regions in Australia for Chardonnay. Our goal is simple; add to that reputation with our definitive vineyard site coupled with the finest clones to create a modern age, premium Chardonnay. The fruit was gently pressed and the juice fermented in barriques and puncheons with 100% wild yeast. Some early battonage is used to create structure and finesse. The wine was then matured on lees for eight months with 22% of the barrels being new and allowed a secondary fermentation.

  • Accolades

    [2019 Vintage] – 93 Points by, October 2020

    [2019 Vintage] – 93 Points by Campbell Mattinson, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion

    [2018 Vintage] – 92 Points by Huon Hooke, The Review Review March 2020

    [2018 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2019 ANZ Boutique Wine Show

    [2018 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at Yarra Valley Wine Show2019

    [2018 Vintage] – 92 Points by James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020

    [2018 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at Melbourne International Wine Show 2019

    [2017 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2018 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge

    [2017 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2018 Japan Wine Competition

    [2017 Vintage] – 94 Points by James Halliday, 2019 Halliday Wine Companion

    [2017 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2018 Melbourne International Wine Competition

    [2017 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards

    [2017 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2018 International Cool Climate Wine Show

    [2017 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

    [2016 Vintage] – 91 Points from Andrew Graham – Oz Wine Review (2018)

    [2016 Vintage] – 93 Points from Gourmet Traveller Magazine (2018)

    [2016 Vintage] – Best Wine, Best White, and Best Chardonnay at 2017 International Cool Climate Wine Show

    [2016 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition

    [2016 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2017 Royal Queensland Food & Wine Show

    [2016 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards

    [2016 Vintage] – 93 Points by Ralph Kyte-Powell (2017)

    [2016 Vintage] – 96 Points by Huon Hooke

    [2016 Vintage] – 92 Points by Campbell Mattinson

    [2015 Vintage] – 95 Points by James Halliday, 2018 Halliday Wine Companion

  • Tasting Note

    Our climatic advantage of warm days and cool nights, coupled with planting numerous Viognier clones, creates layers of intensity. A small amount of HTK clone planted at 9,000 vines per hectare adds to the concentration. The fruit was hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and fermented in barrel. Our ‘Golden Lox’ has to be picked just right. Picked too late; no structure. Picked too early; no apricots. And, ripening very fast; we have less than a 24 hour window to get it just right! Peaches and apricot bouquet, following through to a textured rich, peach and ginger musk palate. It’s all wrapped in stony minerality, finishing clean with excellent length.

    “Stone Fruit and Minerals”

  • Reviews

    “From a parcel in the Gruyere district, this has a very impressively focused and intense nose with punchy lemon and peach aromas, as well as grapefruit pith, gun flint and fresh hazelnut. The palate has a fleshy, supple and soft edge with creamy and gently buttery layers around lemons, limes and peaches. 93 Points.”, October 2020 (2019 Vintage)

    “A flintiness, a creaminess, a succulence. Gets the complexity and mouthfeel right and then moves on to delivering pure, fruit-driven drinking. Lemon fresh, pears, blossomy characters, custard. Most enjoyable. 93 Points.”
    Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion, August 2020 (2019 Vintage)

    “A Chardy for insightful conversations. I like how this Single Vineyard Hexham goes deep. A generous wine, toasted cashews, barbecued peach and butterscotch all seek your attention early. Some preserved lemons add more complexity. There’s a little oomph here. Not too much to weigh it down mind you, but just enough to give you something to grasp at. Oak plays its hand nicely imparting those delicious vanilla characters. And that length! These Soumah Single Vineyard Chardonnays are always smart. Drink to eight years+. 93 Points.”
    Qwine/Steve Leszczynski, July 2020 (2019 Vintage)

    “Nut brittle aromas. The palate has powered-up melon and orchard fruits, with a big push of textural complexity. Definitely a bigger style of chardonnay, but left with ample acid framework to control all that intensity. 96 Points”
    Stuart Knox, The Real Review, March 2020 (2019 Vintage)

    “Pale yellow, fresh colour. Instantly a lovely nose of ripe stone fruits and lemon curd, unmistakably chardonnay, oak is present and supportive. Sulfides are measured and add loads of interest. It’s still a baby – lemon essence seams through the palate, green-apple acidity is taut and terrific. A beautiful wine.”
    Nick Butler, The Real Review, April 2020 (2018 Vintage)

    “Light straw colour and a fusty, dried flower kind of aroma including well-toasted oak. The palate is more restrained, delicate and refined, the finish tapers a bit, but it’s admirably subtle and restrained in style. There’s a lovely line to the palate. Refinement plus. 92 Points”
    Huon Hooke, The Real Review, March 2020 (2018 Vintage)

    “Quite restrained, showing hints of toasted cashew which complement the fruit. The palate is of adequate weight with good acid drive.”
    Winewise, October 2019 (2018 Vintage)

    “The appeal is obvious – a fruit-driven style with subtle oak spice, blossom, citrus and stone fruits. It’s luscious but not weighty. 92 Points.”
    Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion, August 2019 (2018 Vintage)

    “Subtle complexity is the key to this subdued Yarra chardonnay. Peach and citrus fruit characters drive it, with a whisper of nutty oak and a minerally hint of reduction giving extra elements. It’s on the lighter side of medium-body, long and fine in the mouth, appetising in aftertaste. A wine of real charm. 92 Points”
    Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review, May 2019 (2018 Vintage)

    “Clones 95, 76 and Mendoza wild-fermented in French oak (22% new), matured for 8 months. A highly energetic and crisp wine that asks the question whether it was picked a little too early, but leaves room for many different answers.”
    Halliday Wine Companion 2019 (2017 Vintage)

    “‘Pretty complex,’ started Hooke. ‘Attractively savoury aroma, melon and straw, dusty oak, toast and honey nuances. Then the palate offers rich fruit, soft texture, with generosity and balance’. My notes revolved around ‘generous’ and ‘rich’ too, and commented on the crisp acidity and length. Bourne added ‘complete’. It’s ready now.”
    Gourmet Traveller – ‘Top Victorian Chardonnays’ (2016 Vintage)

    “On the very elegant end of the Yarra Chard spectrum, this was given just 8 months in barrel. Water clear, the oak is currently the first flavour here; a note of popcorn and leesy oatmeal. Underneath it is gentle, delicate and surprisingly low in acid. An affable light Chard with just the right amount of fruit and acid…”
    Andrew Graham – Oz Wine Review (2016 Vintage)

    “A brisk, refreshing and focused chardonnay whose faintly herbal and tropical presence of grapefruit, melon and peach knits with some reasonably assertive vanilla oak and is backed by a faintly creamy, nutty yeast-derived aspect. It’s fresh and frisky, with length and purity, finishing with tautness and crispness.”
    Jeremy Oliver – 90 points (2016 Vintage)

    “Cutting edge; literally. It’s brimful of white peach and grapefruit flavour, and comes splashed with oatmeal and flint, but it’s that toasty, slightly bitter, piercing finish that really carries the day, and marks the wine. Wine with presence. Completely worthy of its asking price.”
    Campbell Mattinson – 95 points (2014 Vintage)

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