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What wine journalists and show circuit are saying…

Jun 15, 2013 Single Vineyard Chardonnay  Buy Now
Top 100 & 5 Gold Stars Awards – Australian Wine Vintages (the Gold Book) 2016 – 94 Points – Read More
“AWV TOP 100 AWARD – 2013 Single Vineyard Chardonnay has been selected by Australian Wine Vintages 2016 as one of Australia’s top 100 wines, for its outstanding synthesis of variety, region and style.”

“AWV 5 GOLD STARS AWARD – 2013 Single Vineyard Chardonnay has been awarded 5 gold stars by Australian Wine Vintages 2016, denoting that it consistently possesses great balance, complexity and length and is among the world elite of wines.”

Jul 15, 2014 Equilibrio Pinot Noir  Buy Now
Double Gold Winner – 2015 Melbourne International Wine Competition – Read More
“Our new 2014 Equilibrio Pinot Noir is off to a good start – winning a Double Gold at its first wine competition, Melbourne International Wine Competition 2015! Double Gold means that every judge in the panel has given our Pinot Noir a Gold Medal!”
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Jun 15, 2013 Single Vineyard Chardonnay  Buy Now
President’s Medal Finalist – Sydney Royal Wine Show – Read More
“Gruyere, Victoria is in the spotlight with local business, Soumah of Yarra Valley (Soumah) named one of six finalists in this year’s prestigious President’s Medal, for their Sydney Royal Champion 2013 Single Vineyard Chardonnay.”

“The Finalists represent the best producers from across the country, assessed on triple bottom line criteria. Each has been selected from a pool of over 5,500 entries from the Sydney Royal Wine, Beer & Cider, Cheese & Dairy, and Fine Food Shows, where each awarded Champion status in their respective class.”

Jun 15, 2014 Single Vineyard Chardonnay  Buy Now
Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front – 95 Points
“This is as good or better than anything I’ve previously seen under the Soumah name. And I’ve seen just about everything it’s made. Cutting edge; literally. It’s brimful of white peach and grapefruit flavour, and comes splashed with oatmeal and flint, but it’s that toasty, slightly bitter, piercing finish that really carries the day, and marks the wine. Wine with presence. Completely worthy of its asking price.”

Apr 15, 2014 Skye Blox Chardonnay  Buy Now
Ray Jordan – The West Australian – 90 Points
“Appealing fruit driven young chardonnay offering stacks of flavour. IT is sourced from throughout the Yarra and captures the essence of the region nicely. Balanced with a crisp acid to sustain the clean precise finish.”

Apr 15, 2014 Single Vineyard Chardonnay Buy Now
James Halliday – The Wine Companion – 95 Points!
“Estate-grown, wild yeast barrel-fermented (25% new), matured on lees for 8 months, some barrels allowed mlf. An altogether serious chardonnay, all the winemaker cards played at the right time and in the right way; the creamy/figgy nuances from the partial mlf are held in place by white peach fruit, gently toasty oak and grapefruity acidity on the finish. 400 dozen made.”

Apr 15, 2014 Skye Blox Chardonnay Buy Now
Mike Bennie – The Wine Front – 91 Points
“Bargain here, toasty oak meshed with stone fruit, melon, Grapefruit. Crisp green fruited flavours with dusty oak in the tow. Mellow. Flavour packed”

Mar 15, 2014 Single Vineyard Ai Fiori Buy Now
Max Allen – Top Drops of the Month – Australian Gourmet Traveller
“The Yarra offers and abundance of good, pale dry roses, and here’s another. Deceptively light colour but heaps of flavour in the mouth – cranberries, wild strawberries – a creamy texture and a savoury food-friendly finish”

Feb 15, 2013 Single Vineyard Chardonnay Buy Now
Royal Sydney Wine Show – 97 Points!!
Trophy for Best Chardonnay
Trophy for Best White Wine

We are very excited and also humbled to have picked up two trophies at one of Australia’s premier wine shows, The Royal Sydney Wine Show. Up against 300 other Chardonnays we took out 1st place and then went on to also take out Best White Wine of the Show. Thanks Scott, Tim, Tim, Greg, Cherryl and the whole team!
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Feb 15, 2014 Single Vineyard Ai Fiori Buy Now
Mike Bennie – 92 Points – Wine Business Monthly
“There’s everything I like about Rose with personality, structure and a feel of class. This is super spicy, bold and juicy, shows fine, chalky crisp-fringes and is very savoury to drink through to a firm dry finish. Much more packed into this Rose than expected and satisfaction in the genial feel.”

Jan 15, 2014 Single Vineyard Savarro Buy Now
Tony Love – **** – The Herald Sun Melbounre
“It’s a great summer cooler, neutral to faint citrus blossom in its initial approach, then steered into being a sparky, zingy, lemons and limes style of white with mouth watering chalkiness and a cute little lift of sweeter exotic spices to finish”

Dec 14, 2014 Single Vineyard Ai Fiori Buy Now
Andrew Graham – 93 Points – Oz Wine Review
“A blend of Shiraz and Pinot free run juice (with a dash of Savagnin), it is just a bright, open, sunny, and properly balanced juicy rose that I want to drink copious amounts of. There’s some textural complexity thanks to some careful barrel ferment and battonage – and some tart acidity – but on the whole its just fruity wine, without extraordinary anything. But that’s the most charming thing about this. The brightness of strawberry and redcurrant fruit just jumps out the of glass, the mouthfeel faintly creamy and juicy and the whole package trim and taut without sweetness. If ever there was a wine to score big on drink-a-case-ability rather than seriousness then this is it. I’m giving it decent points just because it is unseriously awesome.”

Nov 14, 2014 Single Vineyard Ai Fiori Buy Now
Tony Love – 4 Stars – Lots going on! – Herald Sun
“Getting pretty snazzy here with shiraz and pinot noir getting some skin contact before barrel fermentation then a twist with the addition of some white savagnin variety. The result: mid to darker pinks, pretty florals with red fruit crush notes to start then in the mouth it’s all twang from the savagnin and minerally to grippy tannins that pair decisively with fatty salmon or lighter meat dishes.”

Nov 14, 2013 Single Vineyard Savarro Buy Now
Alternative Varietal Wine Show – GOLD MEDAL!!
“Top of the Savagnin Class.”

Nov 14, 2014 Single Vineyard Savarro Buy Now
Ken Gargett – 92 Points! – Drinks Magazine
“This is a terrific wine and perhaps their best release yet. Very Aromatic. Notes of pear and white peach. Good texture, good intensity and impressive length. Lovely Wine!.”

Oct 14, 2013 Single Vineyard Chardonnay Buy Now
Patrick Eckel – 93 Points! – Winereviewer.com.au
“This wine comes from French clones 95 and 76, was fermented with wild yeast, had a portion of new oak and partial malolactic fermentation. There is no surprise that the resultant wine is complex and rich, but at the same time has maintained a structure that will reward cellaring. A light yellow in colour, the nose is framed by fig and nectarine that is wrapped in wood smoke and brioche. The palate displays layers of stone fruits, the oak is supporting and richer lees characters on the mid to back palate are restrained by precise acidity. Excellent length to finish, with the wine to give more in years to come.”

Oct 14, 2013 Single Vineyard Chardonnay Buy Now
Chris Shanahan – Delicate yet Deep and Rich! – The Canberra Times
“Even in the warmer 2013 season Soumah sits at the delicate end of the chardonnay spectrum, weighing in at just 12.7 per cent alcohol. Although delicate and zinging with fresh acidity, the wine offers deep, rich, fine flavours, combining grapefruit- and melon-like varietal flavour with the more exotic characters derived from fermentation with wild yeasts in oak barrels.”

Sep 14, 2013
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VIC-100 Awards – The Flavour Exchange
“This judging set out to find Victoria’s top 100 wines. We entered four wines, three of which were scored within the top 100 in Victoria.”

Sep 14, 2013 Single Vineyard Viognier Buy Now
James Halliday – 95 points – The Wine Companion
“The result is impressive. it has a complex array of fruit flavours ranging from apricot to stone fruit to ginger. The finish fresh.”

August 14, 2013 Single Vineyard Chardonnay Buy Now
Campbell Mattinson – 94 points – The Wine Front
“This is delicate, complex, immediately appealing and of obvious high quality. It tastes of white peach, pear, apple and struck match, with oatmeal and fig-like characters lurking around the edges. Soft and creamy in the mouth, in general, but succulent and lengthy through the finish.”

August 14, 2013 Single Vineyard Chardonnay Buy Now
Mike Frost – 92 points – Courier Mail Brisbane
“There’s citrus and stone fruit on the nose and palate of this classy Yarra Valley white, with nice oak use, a touch of cream and crisp acid finish. Enjoy with seafood dishes, chicken or veal over the next five years”

July 14, 2013 Single Vineyard Chardonnay Buy Now
Andrew Graham – 93 points – Australian Wine Review
“The top Soumah Chardonnay and in resplendent form here. Handpicked, wild fermented, eight months on lees with some barrels allowed to go through malo. Careful balance. Hay and some banana esters on the nose with popcorn – it looks quite forward as befitting the warm vintage. The carefully creamy palate looks much fresher than the nose – excellent balance on with careful butter malo and sweet oak. It’s definitely a richer, broader style this vintage but I can’t hide the quality here – clean and clever. Drink early methinks and revel in that tension between creamy winemaking influences and carefully defined fruit. Yes!!”

July 14, 2013 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Buy Now
Tony Love – 4.5 Stars – Taste The Melbourne Age
“Its savoury, woody spice adds greater interest to become quite intense in its cherry skin and stone flavours, with intriguing white mushroom and pepper notes in the finish. Lots going on. Both value and delightful.”

July 14, 2013 Single Vineyard Chardonnay Buy Now
James Halliday – 95 Points – Wine Companion Magazine
“From high quality French clones 95 & 76, hand picked and wild yeast fermented in French oak (30% new) thereafter spending 8 months in barrel, with mlf in some of these barrels. All of this has been expertly managed, the wine with fleshy white peach and melon fruit, plus some creamy/figgy nuances.”

June 14, 2012 Single Vineyard Shiraz Buy Now
Mike Bennie – 92 Points – Wine Business Monthly
Crisp, crunchy, sandy-textured Shiraz that shows with decent length and stretch of firm tannins. The cool climate upbringing shows in spice, white pepper and herbal notes, as does freshness of red berry fruit. Slinky drinking. Feels good.

May 14, 2012 Single Vineyard Shiraz Buy Now
Fine Wine Club – www.finewineclub.com.au – 17.8
Another cracking wine from the 2012 vintage in Victoria. The vibrant, ripe fruit leaps out of the glass, with cedar and spice to follow. The palate is fragrant, vibrant and supple with white pepper highlights. The fine tannins, whilst allowing the fruit to speak, build on the finish. An intense, youthful wine that should age well.

May 14, 2013 Single Vineyard Viognier Buy Now
Mike Frost – 91 points – Courier Mail Brisbane
This Yarra Valley white shows lovely stone fruit and cream characters on the bouquet and palate with a complex palate helped by fermenting and aging in seasoned barriques for eight months. It’d go very well with seasoned chicken wings, barbecued chicken breast and chicken and macadamia sausages

April 14, 2012 Single Vineyard Shiraz Buy Now
Andrew Graham – 92 points – Oz Wine review
Attractive packaging, refreshing wines. That’s the Soumah ethos, with this wine towing the light and fresh mode nicely. It smells of black pepper over black plum, the fruit and oak quite full considering the mid weight, cool clime style, the palate carrying plenty of acidity to keep everything quite vital, the tannins quite pithy. Too plummy and oaky to be confused with a Euro Syrah, yet carries the freshness to make it rather tasty. I liked it.

April 14, 2013 Skye Blox Chardonnay
Mike Frost – 90 points – Courier Mail
An Attractive Yarra Valley white at an equally attractive price, this shows citrus and stone fruit, a zippy mineral backbone and crisp finish. Enjoy it by itself over the next few years or try it with Chicken Kebabs or fresh seafood

April 14, 2012 Skye Blox Cabernet Sauvignon
Campbell Mattinson – +91 points – The Wine Front
This is an attractive style of wine at an attractive price. It’s medium weight, easy-going enough, has a decent shift of blackcurrant-and-mulberry flavour, and has both the tannin and inherent complexity to age well. Dried herb, gum leaf and undergrowth notes make an appearance. Sappy, spicy oak too. Refreshing acidity. Both drinkable and cellarable.

March 14, 2013 Single Vineyard Viognier Buy Now
Paul Ipolitto – Cracker of a White – 5 minute wine rush
I like Viognier as it works here with our climate and foodie culture and marries in with our love of Chardonnay. This makes sense growing this in the Yarra Valley to capitalise upon its regional conditions. This Viognier is a cracker of a white. Seamless lineal citrus pears and white peach in the aromas. Like the way that it delivers long and refined on the palate and tingles the tastebuds as well. Very decent drinking at $26. Will develop nicely with a few more years as well. Try it with salt and pepper squid.

March 14, 2012 Single Vineyard Shiraz Buy Now
Campbell Mattinson 92 points – The Wine Front
Appealing shiraz from the Yarra Valley. Lighter bodied, in a good way. It’s light and juicy with a clip of sweet-toasty oak. Easy to drink but with fine-grained tannin and enough savoury, crushed-leaf, spicy notes to keep it from seaming simple. Dark cherry and blueberry fruit profile. You can easily drink this now though it should develop well. The antithesis of a blockbuster shiraz.

February 14, 2013 Single Vineyard Viognier Buy Now
Gary Walsh – The Wine Front – 9o Points
Nice ripe style here. Apricots and peaches, cedar and spice, white flowers and a little cream. Medium to full bodied, light chalkiness to the texture, bright acid cut running through the juicy stone fruit and pineapple, with a touch of grapefruit to balance. Some citrus rind and cheesy flavours on the finish. Does not lack flavour, may be too much for some, but it’s pretty good at its game.

February 14, 2013 Single Vineyard Ai Fiori
Sold Out – email sales@soumah.com.au to reserve 2014
Huon Hooke – HuonHooke.com – 95 Points!!
Deep hot pink colour. Rich, ripe cherry, pinot noir aroma; very attractive, but rather full and ripe for a rose, perhaps. Lovely aromas and flavours, smooth and dry, clean and intense, with good balance. It’s dry and soft, without obvious firmness, superbly harmonious, without evident sweetness or obvious acidity. Rich and generous yet very, very more-ish. A delicious rose style. A pity only 100 cases were made.

January 14, 2013 Single Vineyard Ai Fiori
Sold Out – email sales@soumah.com.au to reserve 2014
Andrew Graham – Australian Wine Review
Actually, odd it sounds but conventional it smells, the nose rather sweet and red fruited and generous, driven by the juiciness of young free-run Pinot juice. Yet the wine tastes dry, with the citrussy acid and chalkiness of cool clime Savagnin perking things up. The net combination is chubby but dry, red fruited and savoury, yet also quite chubby to finish. It at first seems all over the place, but as a fresh, savoury rosé it actually kinda works.

January 14, 2013 Single Vineyard Ai Fiori
Sold Out – email sales@soumah.com.au to reserve 2014
Bob Campbell – 93 Points!
Gentle, pure and charming wine made from Pinot Noir grapes with subtle, succulent crushed wild strawberry, red cherry and raspberry flavours. Silken textured wine that is deliciously drinkable. Hard to imagine a Rose getting much better than this!

December 13, 2012 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Buy Now
Huon Hooke – HuonHooke.com – 93 Points!
Medium full red/purple colour. Quite a meaty aroma with oak and some reduction – which blows off quickly. Savoury and firmly structured with abundant tannins and a firm after-grip. Rich, full-bodied pinot with density and chew, concentration and savoury follow-through. Impressive, and will mature superbly.

December 13, 2013 Single Vineyard Savarro Buy Now
Campbell Mattinson +90 points – The Wine Front
This release has an enjoyable elegance. It creeps up on you. It tastes of pear and melon and citrus, though it has a tonic-like character too. It’s crisp and clean and a bit different at the same time. This 2013 release is one of the best of the line so far.

November 13, 2012 Single Vineyard Pinot NoirBuy Now
Tony Love – The Age, Melbourne
Delicate colours in the ruby to garnet spectrum are the first attraction here, followed by earthy, herbal and spice senses: woody thymes and leafy sages. The understated intensity offers a little dustiness, a touch of musk-like florals – all savoury and sensuous rather than demonstrative fruits. Style Counts!

November 13, 2013 Single Vineyard Ai Fiori
Sold Out – email sales@soumah.com.au to reserve 2014
Paul Ippolito – 5-minute wine rush
A very decent wine of the moment, the moment is early warm weather Summer conditions that call out for light fresh reds and refreshing invigorating characters. Nice soft acidity accompanies those lovely delicious juicy red cherries, strawberries and raspberries. Light bodied and yet with substance on the finish, this is a welcoming entrancing wine that will match very well with a good Italian antipasto platter.

October 13, 2013 Single Vineyard Pinot Grigio Buy Now
Mike Bennie – 93 Points! – Wine Business Monthly
To paraphrase wine-wrangler Stu Knox from famed Sydney wine haunt Fix St James, ‘it’s Grigio Jim, but not as we know it’ – slippery, textured, a touch of crunch too and has a fantastic bouquet of nashi pear, savoury spice and fresh cut flowers. Complex and delicious drinking.

October 13, 2013 Single Vineyard Pinot Grigio Buy Now
Mike Frost – 90 Points – for the Verandah! Courier Mail – Brisbane
This Yarra Valley White is picked early to capture the floral and apple characters of the Italian style of the variety, with nectarine flavours and a fresh, crisp finish giving it lift. Enjoy by itself or with fresh seafood

September 13, 2013 Single Vineyard Pinot Grigio Buy Now
Tony Love – 4.5 Stars – Bronzed Beauty, The Age and Courier Mail
From an emerging new label, which is producing most exciting whites out of the Yarra, this takes on a delicate bronze tint. As you contemplate it, the aromas swell with orange peel, white chocolate creaminess and floral notes. There is plenty to enjoy, along with a well crafted and energetic palate, vibrant white fruits, minerally textures and a zesty finish. Lots of interest; most tasty.

September 13, 2012 Single Vineyard Savarro Buy Now
Jane Faulkner – The Age, Melbourne
Savarro is Soumah’s name for Savagnin and Soumah produces one of the better examples. A fragrant wine smelling of buttery apple tart with florals, white pepper and spice. What sets this apart from other local Savagnin’s is its terrific texture and savouriness. Chill this down and enjoy with a bowl of spaghetti marinara.

September 13, 2012 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Buy Now
Stephen Tanzer – 90 Points – International Wine Cellar
Bright Red. Dried Cherries, redcurrant and rhubarb on the perfumed nose. Smoky, penetrating red fruit flavours are sweetened by notes of candied rose and vanilla, with smoky nuance coming up with aeration. In an ‘Old World’ style, with very good finishing clarity, silky tannins and lingering florality”


18 Hexham Road, Gruyere
Telephone: (03) 5962-4716

Please visit cellar door and sample our awarded wines. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available and we have air conditioning in summer and a fire place in winter.

Opening Hours

7 Days a Week:
Weekdays 10am till 5pm
Weekends 10am till 6pm

SOUMAH International Links

Link to Japanese Site
Link to Singapore Site
Link to Hong Kong Site

What We Do

It is known that ‘great wine is made in the vineyard’ and we set out to select an exact location that delivered every advantage of a cool climate, undulating topography and ancient soils. We then wanted to bring some focus to our endeavour. After being resident overseas for many years, we found the elegance & honesty of Northern Italian wines and food is what inspires us. So we found our hidden gem, located down a county lane in the dress circle Warramate foothills of the Yarra Valley. It is from here we set out to make wine with the charm of Northern Italy but the provenance of the majestic Yarra Valley. Our first vintages attracted many accolades including our exclusive Savarro winning consecutive trophies at the 2011 and 2012 Federation Square Wine Showcase as well as gathering not less than 14 medals and trophies. As our wine flight expands we will focus on styles from Northern Italy including Pinot Grigio, Ai Fiori (Rosata), Brachetto and Nebbiolo as well as the Eastern French varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Viognier.gallery-winery

Winegrowing Values

1. Single Vineyard Focus
2. Cool Climate Styles
3. Quality over Quantity
4. Research, Plant and Nurture
5. Our Wine Focus
– Northern Italy (Savarro, Pinot Grigio, Ai Fiori, Nebiollo, Brachetto)
– Eastern France (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Viognier)
6. The pursuit of savoury and elegant wines
7. We are partial to blue

What’s Happening

Spring is in the air and we have prepared a great lineup of events at SOUMAH in the coming months. The first of which is:

CHARDONNAY NOW @ SOUMAH

A celebration of Yarra Valley Chardonnay that will run throughout Yarra Valley from Monday the 14th till Sunday the 20th of September. During the week you get a chance to enjoy various Cellar Door and Regional activities organised by some of the best Chardonnay producers in the Valley. So we had planned something too.

Chardonnay Now Lunch @ SOUMAH

From Thursday the 17th till Sunday the 20th of September Soumah will also be offering a Chardonnay Now Lunch. The lunch will include the Chardonnay Masterclass, a selection of dishes that are best enjoyed with a great Chardonnay and a 75mL of each of the Chardonnay tasted during the Masterclass. Full menu is available HERE.

Chardonnay Now Masterclass @ SOUMAH

From Monday the 14th till Sunday the 20th of September Soumah will be offering Chardonnay Masterclasses, conducted at our Cellar Door. For just $10 you will get a chance to enjoy a guided tasting of three of our Award Winning, Museum Chardonnays. Chardonnay vertical is available HERE.

To Make a Booking

Masterclass and Lunch bookings are essential as only limited spots available. To make your booking just give us a call or EMAIL us.

SOUMAH @ SPRING FLAVOUR EXCHANGE 2015

Flavour Exchange occurs four times a year, celebrating the best of each season. We believe that our Savarro and Spring is a match made in heaven.

For just $32.50 per ticket you will receive 14 tasting tokens to sample your picks from the multitude of flavours, along with a premium tasting glass to take home.

Spring’s Flavour Exchange will take place between the 3rd and the 4th of September. Tickets could be purchased HERE.

SAVARRO SALUTO WINE DINNER

As part of this year’s Savarro Saluto weekend we will be holding a Wine Dinner on Saturday the 10th of October 2015. Six Course Dinner served with 9 wines for $149.00. We will even have some Vin Jaune from Jura in France, made form Savagnin (Savarro) grapes. Full menu is available HERE.

To Make a Booking

Dinner bookings are essential as only limited spots available. To make your booking just give us a call or EMAIL us. We will be running a shuttle bus from Healesville to Soumah and back again for those that want to stay in Healesville for the night.

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TRATTORIA d’SOUMAH

Open 7 days a week – Full Menu Thursday through Sunday
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Trip Adviser – 5 Star Rating
Our focus is to offer exceptional Northern Italian Cuisine served in a Trattoria style dining room. Fresh food quality, comfort and relaxation are key. Our Full Menu is served Thursday through Sunday while on Monday to Wednesday we offer less menu items (please see downloadable menu). Trattoria d’ SOUMAH opening time is from 11.30am till 3.00pm. Some of the authentic favourites created by Chef Andy include;
– TARJARIN – Angel Hair Pasta with white and Black Truffle
– ORECCHIETTE – Short Pasta with Broccoli, Sultanas, Pine-nuts…
– PESCE – Swordfish with Fennel and Turnip Puree
– COTOLETTA di VITELLO – Crumbed Veal Cutlet(download pic)
– SPALLA di AGNELLO – Slowed Cooked Lamb Shoulder
– DOLCE – Bracehtto Gelati and Warm Chocolate Pudding
– ANTIPASTI – Bountiful Tasting Boards, Bruschetta, Pate
– CAFFEE – Fresh Ground Italian coffee
– FORMAGGIO – Exquisite Italian Cheeses
– VINO – SOUMAH by the Glass of Course!
Our Italian Cheese Board is available at any time which include a delicious Precorino infused with Truffle or 1st Grade DOP Parmigiano as well as ‘drunken cheese’. This speciality of Peidmonte is aged in barrels containing the grape skins of Barolo (Nebbiolo grapes). The marinade leaves a purple stain and a distinct wine barrel flavour.
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Also available are Chocolate Plates from local Chocolatier Kennedy and Wilson. Enjoy either our cheese or chocolates while taking in the views over Soumah vineyard and the Warramate Hills. A great afternoon respite.

IN SEARCH OF THE RARE


Brachetto is a native grape of North Eastern Italy, about an hour or so South of Milan. It is one of the only grapes that has a distinct flavour of Rose water and Strawberry, so exudes the idea that you are drinking Turkish Delight! The Italians make various styles, the most common being a slightly fizzy, lower alcohol sweet wine. We however, have decided to make a dessert wine, so it is still and full strength! It is perfect with desserts, Pavola, Turkish delight, Rhubbarb Crumble or any Summer or Winter Berries. It is also excellent with some full flavoured soft cheese. This rare variety is something perfect for the upcoming dinner party.

MUSINGS ON VIOGNIER

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Viognier is a genetic cousin of Nebbiolo so must have originated out of Italy at some point, probably in the first Millennia. The Viognier name is obscure but may have had something to do with the town of Vienne, an ancient Roman outpost on the northern reaches of the Rhone river and close to the modern day ancestral home. It is interesting to note that Viognier was almost extinct (down to just eight acres) in the mid 20th century until its popularity was revived firstly by new world interest in the variety and then by an explosion of plantings in France itself.

Viognier produces the most luscious of white wine. It is the only variety that envelopes the tongue in a silky liquid glove. This velvet juice is combined with an overt bouquet and flavour of peaches to deliver wine descriptions like ‘Peaches and Cream’.

It is this ‘Peaches and Cream’ that we seek and in our quest we have planted three distinct clones of Viognier, some spaced at 3,700 vines per acre!

However, it is not only about the creamy lusciousness of the wine, it is also about a refined yet nervous spine that leaves a fresh clean-cut finish. If we pick too early we lose the peaches, if we pick too late we will deliver an oily, clumsy wine. So it has to be just right, a goldilocks temperament so to speak, and we endeavour to get it juuuuuust right every year!

Liquor License

Liquor License Number: 36116825 – Warning – under the liquor control reform act 1998 it is an offence to;
– Supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years (penalty exceeds $6,000)
– For a person under the age of 18 to purchase or receive liquor (penalty exceeds $500)

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