It was my Dad who put me on to Soumah a while ago and I have been busting to get them into the wine club pack for a long time, so when Dmitri from Soumah got back to me after I reached out I was incredibly happy.
Soumah’s main vineyard and winery are based in the Yarra Valley in the Warramete Foothills, just below the famous Coldstream Hills. It is pretty cool down there, with a little altitude, latitude and ocean influence play a big role. It is a good terroir for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. I tend to like Chardonnay in particular from the Yarra Valley and Soumah do a great one.
2017 had a wetter winter and spring than usual for the Yarra Valley, sending water deep into the soil, filling the water table a soaking the soil in preparation for the growing season. Summer was cooler that the long-term average, which is good for Chardonnay as it helps retain refreshing acidity which it needs to give the wine drive and direction on the palate. The soils are loamy, with lowish organic matter and high in elements, the ground gently undulates allowing the Chardonnay never to get wet feet which insures quality grapes.
The grapes for this wine were pick early, crushed and fermented in oak barrels to develop complexity and texture. Then it is left to age for 8 months in oak. I think the texture of this wine is where it really stands out, it is fleshy and mouth filling, you really can feel the wine in your mouth. There is some good acidity there pushing the wine from the front of your mouth down, giving the wine drive through the palate. The aromas and flavours are all white peach, cashew and appley crunch. There is a hint of gun smoke reduction there adding interest.
This is a super quaffable wine, I really enjoyed it. Drink over the next 5 years, or drink with roast chicken, some good soft French cheese, or as I did watching the Rugby.