96+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “Welcome back my dear friend – you have been missed. The bouquet is Christmas in a glass – sweet and sour cherry, a little game peering through, cinnamon stick, cedar, orange peel and blood orange sorbet. Delectable, in a word. The palate mirrors the bouquet with the addition of pomegranate and cooling, spiced red-fruits (there’s a crunch to them – cranberry in particular). Etched to perfection and I believe this overdelivers (as it has done every vintage). A little frisky due to the sorbet-like feel, which is just a joy and unmistakable. I detect graphite and dried mint on the long finish. Beguiling it is not however, and given its price tag, this overdelivers on flavour, personality and character. It’s an effortless bottling of delicious, well-priced Pinot Noir. I love it. Drink now to 2026. Served using Zalto Burgundy glassware.”
Zalto Denk-Art Burgundy Glass
Our next delivery of Zalto is expected to arrive Mid-Late April 2022.
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The Zalto Burgundy glass is recommended for all Pinot Noirs, designed almost specifically for Pinot’s delicate aromas. The aromas of Pinot Noir are often the most delicate, but when revealed can be the most enticing and pretty. The Zalto Burgundy glass is the widest of all the Zalto glasses providing the largest surface area for wine. This allows for rapid aeration, revealing all of the delicate spice, herb, floral, earth and berry aromas to be maximized. The narrower rim holding these aromas for an unparalleled experience of the elegant subtleties. The Zalto Burgundy is also very good for Nebbiolo, especially Barolo.
Includes the previously sold out, award-winning 2017 and 2018 Equilibrio Chardonnays.
97+ - 98 Points - Stuart McCloskey "Unique without trying to be. Sculpted without effort. Precise without being measly."
97+ Points - Stuart McCloskey "All the elements fall magically into place. Glorious – truly so."
"Poached pear and apple with a light sprinkling of sweet spice"
"A long and intensely fruity finish"
"This is a chardonnay on full parade, just bumptious"
"lovely freshness and very moreish"
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.
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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