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Soumah of Yarra Valley

www.soumah.com.au

18 Hexham Rd, Gruyere, 3770

Cellar Door: Weekdays (11 - 4), weekends (10 -5)

Ph: (03) 5962 4716

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Souhmah at Melbourne's Federation Square Regional Showcase where the Savarro won the People's Choice for Best White (photo:genxywines)

Soumah is an innovative family vineyard and wine business located in the Warramate foothills. It has been established by the Butcher family.

Soumah is an acronym for their location South of Maroondah Highway (Soumah).

Wine-maker, Scott McCarthy has experience In Mildura, Napa Valley, Loire Valley and Marlborough. Viticulturalist, Tim Brown, has extensive experience in the Yarra Valley.

The initial releases in 2010 were a Viognier, Chardonnay and a vibrant, tingly Savignin Blanc (not to be confused with the pervasive New Zealand variety).

Subsequent releases include: Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Brachetto, Ai Fiori Pinot Savagnin Rose, and Shiraz (including a clone from the 1865 Best’s vines). The quality of the early releases and the interesting choice of varieties and styles make this a new brand to watch.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Latest Reviews

Soumah of Yarra Valley Savarro 2016

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, actually a Savagnin, aromatic lemon sorbet and lime with other layers of citrus with musk and orange blossom notes, leesy with fresh quinine-like minerality and tangy acidity (****1/2)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Cabernet d’Soumah 2015

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, bright and firm spine of blackcurrant and dark plum with sage notes, fleshy and savoury medium bodied palate with dusty tannins and new cedar-vanilla oak (***1/2)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Brachetto d'Soumah 2016

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, spritzy late harvest style showing fresh and aromatic rose water,  strawberry and a hint of campari, fine and chalky with balanced acidity (***1/2)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2016, MV6, Pommard and 777 clones, fairly tightly wound and brooding at the moment,  linear and concentrated cherry, spiced plum and redcurrant with some forest floor and mushroom earthiness beginning to unfold, slaty minerality with savoury tannins and vibrant acidity, needs time (****1/2)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2016, 25% barrel ferment and partial mall, focussed and linear white peach and lemon butter with a whiff of brioche, flint and figs. vibrant grapefruit acidity and balanced toasty hazelnut oak (****1/2)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Savarro 2015

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2016, from Savignin, perfumed musky floral nose. tangy lemon sorbet, pear and lime with musky spices and white flowers, crisp palate with some leesy texture, refreshing quinine minerality good persistence (****1/2)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Brachetto d'Soumah 2015

Purchased: Cellar Door ($28)

Drink:  2016

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2016, unlike Pizzini who use Brachetto in a mocato-style spritz aperitif this is in a late harvest dessert style, quite perfumed, fresh and light-medium bodied rose water and strawberries with a hint of campari, chalky finish with well balanced acidity, not very complex but delicious with ice cream and fruits (****)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Viognier 2015

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink:  

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2016, whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented, glazed apricot and orange peel with gingery spices and a touch of honey, creamy medium bodied palate, cleansing lemon rind acidity, powdery phenolics and good resistance (****)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2016, 2 months on lees, vibrant lime cordial, cut grass and lychee with a touch of yeastiness, some capsicum, basil and bell pepper but hot overly pungent or sweaty, refreezing minerally finish,  the cooling breezes from the Warramate Hills give this a bit more cool climate character than the passion-pop flavours of many Australian Sauvignon Blancs  (****)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Ai Fiori 2015

Purchased: Cellar Door ($26)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, Rosato style wine combining barrel fermented Shiraz (Shiaz) and Pinot Noir (39%) with the white variety, Savignin (38%), light-medium bodied, strawberry and musk entry that becomes more savoury and comlex down the palate, slippery texture with white pepper, pomegranate and citrus blossom notes, chalky phenolics (****)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Pinot Grigio 2015

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015,  crisp and linear but showing a bit more than many Pinot Grigios, pear, apricot and lemon rind with some leesy texture, a hint of fig and white flower notes, slaty finish (****)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Syrah 2014

Purchased: Not ($37)

Drink:  

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, partial whole bunch input, perfumed sour black cherry and blackberry with white pepper, olive, tarragon and violet notes, linear and medium bodied with firm grainy tannins, sappy acidity and ample toasty cinnamon/cedar/clove oak for a cool climate style, needs more time to integrate (****)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting:: Dec 2015, juicy ribena-like cassis, spicy plum and raspberry with mint and sage notes, medium bodied with toasty cedar oak and open knit savoury tannins (***1/2)

Soumah of Yarra valley Savarro 2014

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2015, the variety is Jura’s Savagnin grape, vibrant lees textured style showing tingly lime zest, pear and orange with musky spices , long and refreshing with quinine-like minerals, easy to want a second glass (****1/2)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Viognier 2013

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2015, whole bunch pressed, 100% barrel ferment, creamy rather than viscous showing pear, apricot and white peach with gingery spices and a touch of musk, bright spine of orange peel acidity, the persistent powdery phenolics are ripe and alcohol has been kept modest (12.8%) presumaly through early picking (****)

Soumah Chardonnay 2013

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, French clones 95 and 76, barrel fermented with about 50% malo, creamy with a tight, elegant core of lemon butter, white peach and melon with fig nuances, combines textural richness with racy acid drive (****1/2)

Soumah Ai Fiori 2013

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, “Ai Fiori” is Italian for “amongst the flowers”, 75% MV6 clone Pinot Noir free-run juice blended with 25% Savignin, salmon colour, light and breezy strawberry and redcurrants with floral, musky spices and savoury nuances, glycerolly with some citrus acidity and dusty phenolics on the finish (****)

Soumah Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, small Viognier co-ferment, juicy and glycerolly black cherry, blueberry and mulberry with anise, pepper and campari notes, medium bodied but intensely flavoured palate, underpinned with grainy tannins, the spicy and toasty French vanilla/cedar/cinnamon oak is a little overt at the moment but will settle down (****)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Savarro 2012

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, this is from the Savagnin grape, textured with tingly orange, pear and rose water, refreshing quinine-like minerality on the finish, zesty grapefruit acidity (****)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Pinot Grigio 2012

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, a little fuller than the 2011, linear pear, apple and tangerine and white flowers, some lees texture but still in the Grigio camp, vibrant lemon rind acidty (****)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting:  Aug 2012, 95, 96 and Mendoza clones, barrel fermented, delicate and focussed although has reasonable concentration given the cold vintage, white peach, nectarine and slightly creamy lemon butter with matchstick notes, the toasty savoury/vanilla oaking is well balanced with lingering grapefruit acidity (****)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting:  Aug 2012, MV6 clone, fragrant and light-medium bodied strawberry and redcurrant with the mint and savoury mushroom notes expected from the MV6 clone, vibrant acidity with slightly chewy tannins (***1/2)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ( $35)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, uses three clones, medium bodied and elegant, albeit little sweet for my taste, blackberry pastille and blueberry with olive, mint and toasty cinnamon/clove notes, structured around a backbone of fine minerality and powdery tannins, the input from the spicy French oak barriques (40% new) is little too overt at the moment but will settle with medium term cellaring (****)

Soumah of Yarra Valley Pinot Grigio 2011

Purchased: Not ( $23)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, tangy and light bodied pear and apple with some white flower florals and musky spice, crisp and minerally with some fine savoury phenolics (***1/2)

Souhmah of Yarra Valley Savarro 2011

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, this is made from Savagnin variety, rather musky at the moment but tastes like the much praised 2010 release at similar stage of development, textured and tingly orange blossom, pear, melon and lime with lingering powdery grapefruit acidity, needs a few more months but will reward patience (****1/2)

Souhmah of Yarra Valley Savarro 2010

Purchased: Stall at Fed Square ($26)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2011, 2011 Victorian Federation Square Wine Showcase Trophy For Best Unwooded Aromatic White, this is in fact Savagnin Blanc (the variety mistakenly imported by the CSIRO as Albarino), the name change is to avoid the confusion with a certain all too pervasive variety, whole bunch pressed and cool fermented in stainless steel to promote freshness, vibrant and tingly layers of citrus, melon and apple with a touch of the varietal spicy musk that emerges with aeration, chalky texture with lingering grapefruit acidity, won the People’s Choice for Best White at the Yarra/Gippsland Federation Square Showcase which shows the variety could have a greater role in the market despite its dubious introduction (****1/2)

Souhmah of Yarra Valley Viognier 2010

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2011, brightly flavoured spicy pear and apricot peel with ginger and cinnamon notes, slightly oily palate with chalky orange rind acids and phenolic texture, subtle marzipan and almond from some oak contact (****)

Souhmah of Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2011, from Mendoza and a couple of Dijon clones, 20% malo, linear and crisp nectarine, melon and tangerine with mealy lees inputs, fine powdery texture with well judged spicy and toasty vanilla-cashew oak and bright grapefruit acidity (****)