2021 Soumah of the Yarra Valley d’Soumah Chardonnay

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2021 Soumah of the Yarra Valley d’Soumah Chardonnay

A fabulous value, contemporary Chardonnay made with great care and focus. Really has the balance between Australian joy and Old World restraint for a really glorious glass of Chardonnay that shows contemporary Yarra Valley at its best.

Tasting Notes

Nose

A nose of toasted hazelnuts, cold butter and a slight struck-match lift over classic varietal stone-fruit notes. 

Palate

The palate is a delicious combo of hazelnuts, basil leaves, creme-fraiche acidity and the Mendoza-clone's signature clementine tang with a taut, structured finish.

2021 Soumah of the Yarra Valley d’Soumah Chardonnay

Producer

Soumah of the Yarra Valley is a producer of fine wines from the region. A hidden gem located down a country lane, in the dress circle of the cool Warramate foothills of Gruyere. Soumah set out to make wine with the charm of northern Italy but the provenance of the Yarra Valley. Situated an average of 120 meters above sea level, the vineyard is elevated above the valley floor. The ancient sandy-clay loams with broken sandstone shape the small yield and define the detail in these precise, focused expressions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Production Method

Chardonnay was early as we can to ensure a fresh line of citrus fruit and crisp natural acidity on the palate. Structure is developed in the wine by predominantly barrel fermenting the juice and allowing it to mature gracefully for eight months before bottling a wine with balanced weight and silky texture.

Alan's Personal Tasting Notes

"This is good. It is cool climate-restrained chardonnay - but we are in Oz so it’s got a lot of ripe peach & apricot fruit for me - not as citric as the 'tasting note led me to believe. The strong oakiness masked it initially but through time the fruit exposes itself. Don’t get the hazelnuts in the tasting note but it is very toasty - I guess from the barrel ferment and maturation. Medium-bodied, medium to high acidity, good length, and altogether well made - but I’m guessing not as classy as the Mac Forbes Chardonnay (which is obviously at a different price point!) - but very good value indeed." April 2023

Specifications

Year 2021
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Chardonnay
Country Australia
Alcohol content
13% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.8 units
Type White Wine
Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
Food Matches Barbecued baby squid on a bed of fragrant fresh fennel, basil, coriander and bay leaves, or for something a little heartier, earthy mushroom and taleggio risotto.
Origin Victoria
Appellation Yarra Valley