Soumah of Yarra Valley
Friday, October 12, 2018 in News
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Soumah may have been inspired by all things northern Italian, but it’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that are making them famous. Langton’s Adrian Read reports.
Soumah vines in the Yarra Valley
Soumah’s Hexham vineyard, beautifully located on north-facing slopes of the Warramate foothills in the heart of the Yarra Valley, was planted in 1997.
Brett Butcher found and bought it, somewhat run down, in 2005, and spent four years on repairs and improvements, only to have what would have been Soumah’s first vintage, 2009, wiped out by smoke taint from the Black Saturday bushfires.
As a result, the first Soumah wines came from the 2010 vintage, and since then there’s been no stopping this smart and innovative addition to the Yarra Valley wine scene.
From the beginning Soumah looked to northern Italy for inspiration - leading with Savarro (Soumah’s name for Savagnin), Pinot Grigio and Brachetto, from which Soumah makes Tranquillo, a light, sweet, aromatic red described as tasting ‘like liquid Turkish delight’.
There is also a Nebbiolo and a rosé called Ai Fiori ‘among the flowers’ - a blend of Nebbiolo and Shiraz with a dash of Savarro.
Soumah Bottles available through brokerage
Italian associations have given Soumah something different and distinctive to talk about and there was perhaps initially less emphasis on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
But Yarra Valley terroir has asserted itself and it is wines from the classic Burgundian varieties that have attracted increasing national and international attention to Soumah - for no other reason than wine quality.
First up, the Soumah 2013 Single Vineyard Chardonnay won Gold and two Trophies, for Best Chardonnay and Best White Wine, at the 2015 Sydney Wine Show.
Then the 2016 Single Vineyard Chardonnay made a clean sweep at the 2017 International Cool Climate Show, winning Gold and three Trophies, Best Chardonnay, Best White Wine and the major award for Best Wine of the Show.
Soumah’s Chardonnays may shine brightest, so far, but the Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 won Double Gold at the 2017 Melbourne International Wine Competition and Soumah was also named Yarra Valley Winery of the Year.
Which brings us to the four Soumah wines - two Chardonnays and two Pinot Noirs, all from the 2017 vintage - currently on offer from Langton’s brokerage…
From the beginning Soumah looked to northern Italy for inspiration
We at Langton’s feel strongly that Soumah’s wines are worthy of your attention. Our only disappointment was finding out that the seemingly exotic name - reinforced by Soumah’s distinctive blue labels - is in fact nothing more than an abbreviation of Soumah’s Location - SOUth of MAroondah Highway.
No matter, it’s what’s inside the bottles that counts. Contact your broker for more information.
To find out more, contact your Langton’s Wine Broker.