2019 PINOT NOIR D’SOUMAH
Style: Dry Red
Our Pinot Noir has an attractive garnet colour and delivers a cherry and raspberry fruit profile along with savoury fleshiness. The barrel fermentation develops the rich flavour and aroma of the wine and a good portion of new barrels adding classic soft oak characters helping the overall integration of the wine. Serving the wine cool (around 15 degrees) will ensure the flavour profile which suits pairing with Mediterranean dishes, chicken, duck and light meats. ‘A savoury Pinot Noir with elegant red fruits and soft, composed length.’
Spring started dry and cold with rain coming late. The four weeks from late November to mid-December witnessed 175mm of rain. A godsend in hindsight, as we experienced the driest summer in our records with less than 50mm of rain from December through February. Combine this with a hotter than normal summer pattern which meant varieties ripened and were picked early.
Our d’Soumah range of wines are made with fruit sourced from our own and other premium vineyards throughout the Yarra Valley to produce wines of distinct character and finesse that our region has become famous. Pinot Noir is the most famous red from the Yarra Valley and is one of the best regions in Australia for producing new age, linear fresh wines. Our d’Soumah range is built to deliver an exceptional price for value proposition and we believe this wine certainly delivers on that promise.
[2018 Vintage] – Silver Medal (92 Points) by Australian Wine Showcase, Sept 2019 [2018 Vintage] – 90 Points by James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020 [2018 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at Melbourne International Wine Show 2019 [2018 Vintage] – Gold Medal (95 Points) at International Cool Climate Wine Show 2019 [2017 Vintage] – In TOP 55 2017 Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, 2018 The Real Review [2017 Vintage] – Gold Medal at 2018 Melbourne International Wine Competition [2017 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2018 Perth Royal Wine Awards [2017 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2018 International Cool Climate Wine Show
[2017 Vintage] 91 Points by Q Wine
[2016 Vintage] Gold Medal at 2017 Sakura Wine Awards
[2016 Vintage] 91 Points by Campbell Mattinson
[2015 Vintage] Bronze Medal at 2016 International Cool Climate Wine Awards
[2015 Vintage] Bronze Medal at 2016 Melbourne International Wine Competition
2019 VINTAGE A dry winter led into a gentle early spring. A very hot November hastened flowering into an abnormally wet December (5 inches more rain than normal). This rain and heat brought humidity but also delivered an abundant water table for the developing berries. December seemed to rain itself out and late summer was dry (3.5 inches less rain than normal), making for a calm harvest. Picking times were mostly normal, fruit were fleshy and juicy with attractive varietal characters. VITICULTURE & WINEMAKING Pinot Noir is a very selective grape. It does not like the heat but does like the sun. It likes to be on well drained soils so not good on flat landscapes. It likes warm days but more importantly, cool summer nights. It is so demanding that only a few regions in Australia can aspire to produce a Pinot Noir of any pedigree. The Yarra Valley has attained that status over the decades, and we have set out to support that reputation with our attention to details and first rate vineyard sites. The barrel fermentation develops the rich flavour and aroma of the wine and a good portion of new barrels adds classic soft oak characters helping the overall integration of the wine. TASTING Displaying an attractive garnet colour, this Pinot Noir delivers a cherry and raspberry fruit profile along with savoury fleshiness. PAIRING Roasted beetroot, cauliflower and lentil salad.structure by
predominantly barrel fermenting the juice and allowing it mature gracefully for
eight months, before bottling a wine with balanced weight and silky texture.
Serve the wine nicely chilled and it will be an excellent accompaniment with
seafood and chicken dishes along with pasta and salads. ‘A new age, citrus crisp
Chardonnay with texture and finesse.
Refreshing, uncomplicated and definitely a focus on drinkability. Soft tannins on a lighter frame with flavours of cherry and pips, savoury accents and a fleck of spice. 90 Points.”
Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion, August 2019 [2018 Vintage]
“Ruby red, deep and intense aromas, youthfulness showing in the glass! Ripe fruit abounds, fresh acidity supporting the fruit. Layers of complexity here, take it slow. Strawberries, raspberries, plums and cherries, fruit focussed but throw in some cool mint. Lots of cherries did I say. Good seamless integrated oak, silky fine tannins, smooth long delicious and lineal fruit on the palate, delicious and moreish. Very easy drinking need I say, balanced pure fruit going on and on. Try it with roast pork belly and oven baked vegetables.”
Paul Ippolito, August 2019 [2018 Vintage]
“A very enjoyable Pinot Noir oozing easy drinking factor. It’s good value for money too. Sour red cherries plus lithe raspberries and strawberries are all the rage. Red apple acidity frames the palate before a soft fine pepper spice wraps around the fruit. The finish is delightful and moreish – a two glass proposition for sure. Drink now to five years. 91/100”
QWine, April 2019 [2018 Vintage]
Tight rich cherry aromas – quite complex, a gorgeous mouthful of flavours. Tight and taut with fine grain tannins, superb now but will become STELLAR!
Dan Traucki/Director at Wine Assist, April 2019 [2018 Vintage]
“Ripe fragrant cherry with notes of oak and stems. The tannins are firm, requiring time to soften, but it has potential.”
2018 Winewise Yarra Valley Pinot Noir Tasting – 4/5 stars [2017 Vintage]
“The entry level Soumah Yarra Pinot is genuinely likeable. It’s a bright and lively Yarra Pinot with a sappy red currant and raspberry nose, then a crunchy palate with a pithy finish. Exuberance is the attraction here, even if it’s a lightish wine. 91 Points.”
Andrew Graham, Oz Wine Review, Oct 2018 [2017 Vintage]
“Stick your nose into a glass of this and inhale deeply – it’s gloriously pure and intense, like cherry and raspberry liqueur. Those aromas spill easily into the mouth as well, rising, fragrant with florals and seasoned by tantalizing spices. Soft in the drinking, juicy with swirling red berry/cherry flavours and the faintest sticky tannin palate coating. Very pretty drinking. Best with Chinese barbecued pork dishes.”
Tony Love, The Herald Sun, 2018 [2017 Vintage]