Cool climate elegance with a Northern Italian focus

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What bloggers are saying…

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What wine journalists are writing…

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 ViognierBuy 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 ShirazBuy 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 ViognierBuy 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 Ai Fiori
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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 Ai Fiori
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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 Ai Fiori
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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 Pinot NoirBuy 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 SavarroBuy 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 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 Ai Fiori
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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 Pinot GrigioBuy 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 Pinot GrigioBuy 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 Pinot GrigioBuy 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 SavarroBuy 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 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”

August 13, 2012 Pinot Noir Buy Now
Campbell Mattinson – 90 Points – The Wine Front
It’s an easy wine to enjoy. Has good complexity too. Indeed it carries many of the facets of Pinot Noir people enjoy: animal notes, undergrowth, sweet-sour cherries, what we once referred to as ‘sex on a forest floor’ but no longer seem to. Sweet, slightly caramel-like oak doesn’t quite sing in tune but this wine is generally tasty and gently tannic and in pretty good form.

August 13, 2012 Savarro Buy Now
Selector Magazine – Winner – Best in Class!!
The favourite wine of the tasting. Nice bright colour in the glass, lovely toffee and caramel characters on the nose and soft, glossy,chewy palate, but not too phenolic. The acid is vibrant and natural with toffee characters and a lovely soft texture. Not too rich, not too light, just a delicious wine.” Best Wine of 52 Textural Whites tasted by panel of five judges

July 13, 2012 Pinot Noir Buy Now
Ultimate Wine Challenge, New York NY- 91 points
Light garnet colour, this Pinot erupts with aromas of Bing cherries & soft graphite. Earthy and animal in the mouth, it shows red currant & tobacco notes. Assertive tannins are approachable, not grippy.” Finalist – Excellent and Highly Recommended

June 13, 2012 Savarro Buy Now
Australian Gourmet Traveller
One of the best local attempts at the elusive white Savagnin grape I’ve tried. Soumah has hand fashioned it into a delicious dry white with pulpy melon texture and a little citrus tickle. Try it with pasta and pippies in a herby cream sauce.

May 13, 2012 Savarro Buy Now
Ralph Kyte-Powell, 91 points – The Age, Melbourne
This charming Yarra Valley ‘wine’ offers fragant pear, floral and spicey aroma’s. It’s juicy with subtle flavour, finishing long, aromatic and dry. Food pairing; Onion Tart and Shellfish.

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 the Peidmonte region of 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 varieties and styles from Northern Italy including Pinot Grigio, Rosata, Brachetto and Nebbiolo as well as the Eastern French varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Viognier.

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Our Winegrowing Values

1. Single Vineyard Focus
2. Cool Climate Styles
3. Quality over Quantity
4. Research, Plant and Nurture
5. Varietal Focus;
- Northern Italy (Pinot Grigio, Rosata, 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

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ITALIAN WINE DINNER WITH SOUMAH WINES – MELBOURNE
Date: Wednesday 21st May 2014
Time: 6:30pm arrival for 7pm sit down
Where: Donnini’s @ 320 Lygon Street, Carlton. 3053
Cost: $85.00 inclusive
RSVP: 03 – 9347 3128 (direct to the restaurant)
Donnini’s is much loved by our family and we are very excited to bring you a five-course Italian degustation dinner with six wines to match including all SOUMAH favourites; Savarro, Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. We may even take a sneak “pre-bottling” taste of the 2014 Ai Fiori and Brachetto – stay tuned while Marco and Riccardo and their talented team develop the menu.
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LUNCH AVAILABLE 7 DAYS A WEEK
Italian cuisine is served daily from 12pm till 3.30pm. Some of the farmhouse favourites include;
- Ribolitta – bean and vege soup with pesto
- Osso Buco – braised veal with gremolata risotto
- Brasato di Barolo – slow cooked beef with potato gnocchi
- Toasted Panini Sandwiches
- Fresh Ground coffees

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SOUMAH – 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. Viognier is the only permitted grape variety in white wine from Condrieu. 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 the Northern Rhone 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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