Soumah Equilibrio Chardonnay Vertical 2017 / 2018 / 2019 (Case 3x75cl)

Yarra Valley
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£110.95 per case of 3
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Soumah Equilibrio Chardonnay 2017 - 

Picture Gold Medal at 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards

96 Points - Best White Wine, Top Gold Medal at 2019 Int'l Cool Climate Wine Show

Gold Medal at 2018 James Halliday Chardonnay

Gold Medal at 2018 Victorian Wine Show

Gold Medal at 2018 Yarra Valley Wine Show

Gold Medal at 2018 Perth Royal Wine Awards

Best White Wine Trophy & Platinum Medal at 2018 Japan Wine Challenge

Gold Medal at Winewise Small Vigneron Awards

97++ points - Stuart McCloskey “I believe two years have passed since I last sampled this vintage. There are similarities with the current release – buttered popcorn and that savoury character is unmissable however, and if you dig a little deeper, the bouquet reveals poached, spiced pear, bee pollen, cardamom, nutmeg rasped over creamy, rice pudding. There’s warmed oyster shell and citrus oil – lemon being obvious, but I also detect orange too. The perfume is full-throttle and makes it almost impossible to move on to stage two – the drinking. The palate is deeply elegant and exudes a grace all of her own. The palate feel is voluminous and buttressed by a perfect acid profile. Expansive, mid-to-full scale, yet it’s tensile and provides layer-upon-layer of purity – crystal clear. The fruit evolves around golden orchards - ripe and succulent. I love the spice and the aromatic fennel seed. This is a truly great Aussie Chardonnay with a long future ahead (another decade or so). Decant for 30-minutes and do not overchill. Served using Zalto Burgundy glassware.” Tasted 9th December 2021

96 Points - Decanter "Lovely, intense and mineral laden nose with flash of vanilla, sesame, ripe pear and toast. Beautiful wine with lovely crisp acidity, a tangy creamy palate and flavours of stone fruits and nuts. This has real finesse, length, minerality and depth."

96 Points - James Halliday "Fonts of a tiny size running every which way on the large, busy front and back labels allowed me to ascertain the clone is Mendoza. This whinge to one side, the wine does full justice to the excellent vintage, with white peach and grapefruit a familiar but ever enjoyable repartee between them."

Soumah Equilibrio Chardonnay 2018 - 

Picture Decanter World Wine Awards 'Best in Show' 2020

97 + Points - Stuart McCloskey “Sitting between two, great vintages. The aromatic profile is entirely different. The perfume delivers notes of lemon oil, yellow stone fruits and minerality is on full show as is the wave of saline along with fresh oyster shell. There’s a little freshly baked bread which brings the trio together. Resoundingly, the ‘fresher’ and most mineralité of the trio. The palate is marine-esque, salty and juxtaposed with confit lemon – pear too. Again, minerals on show / chalky and fresh fennel seeds galore. Textural effortlessness segues into a perfect line of acidity and a chalky extract – a touch pithy. Despite it’s tension – it does feel wonderfully glossy and welcoming. In summary; This is the understated, elegant sibling however, it does conceal quite a punch of complexity. Adolescent but immensely enjoyable. Drink now to 2031+. I suggest serving the trio in the following order; 2018, 2017 followed by 2019… Same rules apply – keep it away from the fridge and if possible, serve using Zalto Burgundy glassware.” 

97 Points - Decanter "Among all of the different regions where Chardonnay has impressed in Australia, the Yarra is perhaps the one where the fruit itself charms most readily from the off. This steel-green wine carries its oak very lightly, and the fruit sings out: nectarine, peach and dessert apple all draw the drinker into the glass. On the palate, the wine is soft, tender, almost juicy: its perfect ripeness apparent in that limpidity of expression, and in the seamless incorporation of vibrant and rounded acidity into a natural and succulent poise. The oak, once again, is almost invisible: a swelling of tone rather than flavour. The only danger with deliciousness of this order is that you might be tempted to drink it all too quickly. Fine quality raw materials suggest there's no hurry here."


Soumah Equilibrio Chardonnay 2019 - 
97+ - 98 Points - Stuart McCloskey “Buttered popcorn vies with flinty characters, which effortlessly slip to white toast, yeasty bread, cashew, nutty nougat and camomile. There’s a sense of savouriness over fruit, save for the confit lemon and pear. The palate is glossy, bordering viscous without any sense of heaviness. Complex and in a fascinating savoury style. Lemon buttered toast, nutty (creamed cashew), camomile, baked apple and crème pat? Floral – really, quite extraordinary. The length is mindbogglingly long, spicy and goes on for minute after minute. This is an ambitious creation and very different to many Aussie Chardonnays.  Utterly captivating. Acidity is delivered thoughtfully along with a sense and feel of salinity. This is a marvellous expression of Australian Chardonnay. Unique without trying to be. Sculpted without effort. Precise without being measly. Mesmerising, it’s as simple as that. Decant for 30 minutes and do not overchill. Served using Zalto Burgundy glassware. Drink now to 2030 and possibly beyond.” 

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Soumah

Producer

soumah chardonnay

Unravelling the story behind the exotically named Soumah, it is in fact an abbreviation of South of Maroondah, hinting at its location in the heart of Yarra Valley. Their wines however are far from exotic and instead they brim with a cool climate character and provenance of the majestic Yarra Valley. The perfect state of balance, calmness and composure of Soumah wines are expressed across the range, with the flagship wines receiving the graceful name ‘Equilibrio’. The global press wax lyrical with strings of medals including the Decanter Gold winning Equilibrio Chardonnay and Decanter Platinum Equilibrio Pinot Noir.

Region

Yarra Valley Wines

 

Located just east of Melbourne in Victoria and surrounding the Yarra River, Yarra Valley enjoys a mix of influences both Mediterranean and continental with the two main soil types being the bright red, fertile, volcanic soil found mainly around Seville. Yarra Valley has a climate slightly cooler than Bordeaux enabling a range of grapes from Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon and Semillon to Rhone varieties such as Shiraz, Mourvedre, Viognier and Roussanne, but it is the cool climate varieties, most notably Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that the region is becoming most well known for, rivalling the great wines that are coming out of Margaret River and Tasmania.

It is known as the birthplace of Victoria with vines first being planted back in 1838, the region’s wine industry grew rapidly up until the early part of the 21st Century when the wine industry ceased production due to increased demand for fortified wine. It wasn’t until the 1960’s when names such as Dr Bailey Carrodus of Yarra Yerring and Dr John Middleton began replanting that the regions industry was revived. These names who were responsible for bringing the region back to life, have inspired a new generation of winemaker to continue taking the region forward and now Yarra Valley’s wine industry is thriving.

The Yarra Valley has a reputation across Australia as being a region that is buzzing with creativity. With experimental winemakers, pushing the boundaries, creating a culture of ground breaking, innovative winemaking that is driving Yarra Valley’s reputation as one of the most exciting regions in Australia today. This tendency towards pushing the boundaries of winemaking has spawned a minimalist movement in the region and you can find many producers that are creating wines with the absolute minimum of interference, sometimes bottling the wines unfined or unfiltered.

One of the most exciting producers that we’ve discovered from Yarra Valley is Hoddles Creek Estate, owned by winemaker Franco D’Anna. Franco specialises in creating Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. With the majority of their plantings in the cooler upper Yarra Valley, Hoddles Creek keep to the Yarra ethos of minimal, gentle winemaking and have created a range of Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that are up there with some of Australia’s very best.

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