If you go down the South of Maroondah Highway you will find a hidden gem. Inspired by the northern Italian cellars, Soumah has placed itself as a new icon of the Yarra Valley and never ceases to amaze us with their everyday drops! Friday night, Meet the Makers will feature Brett Butcher, Soumah’s owner.
Soumah wine collection revolves around Northern Italian varietals (Savarro, Brachetto, Pinot Grigio, Nebbiolo etc.) as well as the usual suspects of the Yarra Valley (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah).
In addition, Brett Butcher’s team favours a ‘supervised control’ philosophy in terms of viticulture practices, as the French would call lutte raisonnée or ‘reasoned fight’. It aims to reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides to protect the soil from deterioration. Molto bene!
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We will also run a competition on the night: Enter for a chance to win a $100 restaurant voucher with any Soumah purchased Friday night.
Soumah owner Brett Butcher will be amongst us Friday:
The lesser-known Italian name for the lesser-known varietal Savagnin….Meet Savarro: undeniably Italian and a winner with food. It starts with stonefruit and pear notes on the nose then comes to a bright lemon-lime acidity paired beautifully with creamy notes of almond and vanilla on the palate. Full in body and texture. Is this love at first sight?
Made, as you’d expect, in that lively, fresh Italian style. On the nose, figs, honey, white flowers and pear. Even though some lees stirring provides texture, the wine is first and foremost all about its zesty, linear acidity. Soumah’s wine is a particularly expressive and concentrated iteration showing the best of Australian Pinot Grigio.
Complex is a word often thrown around in Chardonnay circles; this wine pushes the boundaries of what’s possible for its price-point. Three different Chardonnay clones are vinified separately, given each the full oak treatment yet not at the expense of fruit purity. It’s creamy and brioche-y with peach and melon freshness.
Hexham Pinot Noir
This is an elegant Pinot Noir that dares to be different! It sure has the quintessential cherry notes expected from a YV Pinot, but also savoury spice and earthy elements. Not to forget the almost pot pourri esque delicateness… It’s well-structured too, with stemmy tannins packaging proceedings up nicely. Great job Soumah!
Dare we call this an Australian Super Tuscan? Syrah provides silky dark fruit, chocolate, and violets, whilst Cabernet brings dried herbs, mint and savouriness. Those two usual bedfellows are joined by a flirty glug of Nebbiolo, which delivers spice, more florals, and mouthwatering tannins. The three varietals spend an 18-month sojourn in fine French oak creating a truly great wine. If you are a red lover we suspect you will thoroughly enjoy this Soumah blend.
Pix courtesy of Soumah©
VKL & JM