Best 2015 Pinot Noir, 97 Points and Trophy International Cool Climate Wine Awards
The International Cool Climate Wine Symposium (ICCWS) is internationally recognised as Australia’s foremost show for inspirational 'cool climate' wines. Many of them are from smaller vineyards, where grapes are handpicked and wines are handcrafted by winemakers with a passion for exploring terroir and the true expression of the grape.
Each year the ICCWS attracts more than 600 wines in 25 competition classes from around the world, including Sparkling Wines, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. They are judged by a highly experienced 12 member team, including two Masters of Wines.
The fortuitous Pinot Noir vines of Soumah were established along Hexham Road, very close to the auspicious Yarra Valley hamlet of Gruyere, just a short drive from the precious plantings of Yarra Yering and Coldstream Hills. A small team of dedicated professionals practice a regime of holistic, environmentally sound, agricultural techniques, for the realisation of small yield wines which are evocative of the timeless Old World classics. A silky, savoury effort, driven by drying cherry flavours, a twist of sassafras oak and toothy, liquorice tannins.
The artisanal Soumah team take a supervised, controlled approach to viticulture, an Old World style of farming, which the French have coined 'Lutte raisonnée'. In Aussie terms it means the elimination of synthetic agricultural preparations, to retain the health and sanity of the soils and vine.
An assemblage of three clones with extraordinary pedigree:
- MV6 (Origin: Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot vineyard) delivers a broader profile of pleasingly drying fruit characters
- D4V2 (Origin: Côte de Beaune, Château Pommard vineyard) brings minerality and builds structure
- 777 (Origin: Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis, Domaine Ponsot, Clos de la Roche vineyard) contributes well rounded, elegant raspberry cherry flavours while adding palate length and finesse
All components are cold soaked and treated to a traditional oak barrel fermentation which infuses a savouriness and complexity.
Bright cherry red. Perfumed with cherry and raspberry, seasoned by bouquet garni and savoury, piquant spice. A complex palate delivers layers of flavours, around a core of dark fruit characters; cherry stone, wild strawberry, red fruit and a smokiness, with candied scents and vanilla oak - A lingering finish on a length of silky, refined tannins.
I must buy this wine...
Soumah Hexham Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 is not available outside of Australia, however we have purchased a one-off parcel of 60 bottles which is offered at a very special price.
- By the bottle £18.00
- By the case (6 x 75cl) £95.70 (only £15.95 per bottle)