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Feb 16, 2015 Single Vineyard Ai Fiori Buy Now Tony Love – Herald Sun – Tastefully Balanced “Not your usual varietal styling, this is a daring mix of shiraz and pinot noir, both varieties pushing the Yarra to higher achievements, plus a dash of the more esoteric white variety savagnin. The result remains a darker crimson tone, with a delightful array of smells, a bushwalk of leaf and florals, the blend neatly crafted to be sweet fruited yet fresh and lively in a red berry vibe, all tastefully balanced.” Jan 16, 2015 Bracehtto d’ Soumah Buy Now Mike Bennie – The Wine Front – 90 Points – Blissful Drinking “Blissful drinking. The bottle says ‘full strength’ but it doesn’t feel that way. Sweet, sugary, but light on its feet with brisk acidity and a cool, faint trim of chalkiness in texture. It smells like a compote of red berries, maybe some minty candy, and tastes not too far off too. That being said, it sits fresh and perky in the palate, almost invigorating in its pretty, sweet way. Bring on the pavlova.” Dec 15, 2015 Single Vineyard Pinot Grigio Buy Now Paul Ipolitto – 5-minuite Wine Rush – Delicious and Moreish “The purity of the fruit in the Soumah wines always shines through. It allows the varietalness and the regional influences to show off their positivity. I like the classic pears and apricots and light musk that emit from the classy tight yet slow unyielding nose. A pleasant polished nose, an attractive headyness comes through with time. The fruit is concentrated and mariies well with soft accompanying acidity that provides a nice backbone, not overbearing and allowing thr fruit to shine through and be the star performer. “ Oct 15, 2015 Brachetto d’ Soumah Buy Now Tony Love – Herald Sun – 4 Stars “Vigneron Brett Butcher see the Yarra Valley as mimicking much of Italy’s Peidmont region’s climate and weather conditions, so he’s been working up a range of similar varieties. Sweet but not cloyingly so, it’s spicy, perky with Turkish delight and raspberry cordial notes and pretty refreshing to boot. Get it cold” Sep 15, 2015 Brachetto d’ Soumah Buy Now Max Allen – The Australian – Gorgeous! “Some winemakers are breaking entirely new ground; a big surprise to me was the 2015 Soumah Bracehtto. A gorgeous example of the fragrant Italian grape, Brachetto, fashioned into a pretty, super refreshing, gently sweet pink wine with complex almost vermouth-like aromatics. Who knew the Yarra Valley could produce wines like this?” Sep 15, 2013 Single Vineyard Chardonnay Buy Now Judgement in BC – BEST WINE “We are proud to announce that Soumah Chardonnay Single Vineyard 2013 came out on top for an International Flight of Chardonnays. Inspired by the legendary Judgment of Paris in 1976, famously depicted in the Hollywood blockbuster “Bottle Shock,” the Judgment of BC was a blind tasting of 12 Chardonnay wines. Renowned British wine critic Steven Spurrier, who was responsible for the original Judgment of Paris nearly forty years ago, scored the wines along with 16 expert Canadian wine judges including Barbara Philip MW”. READ COMPLETE STORY Aug 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!” 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! 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 Single Vineyard 2014 Ai Fiori Single Vineyard 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Single Vineyard 2013 Chardonnay 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 Noir – Buy 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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”
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.
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
SOUMAH @ TANK BAR & LANEWAY DINING BRISBANE, MAY 5
Brisbane, here we come! SOUMAH has partnered up with the beautiful Tank Restaurant in Brisbane to bring you this amazing 4 course wine dinner carefully paired with 7 SOUMAH wines including trophy and museum stock. More details and full menu are HERE. Book now as places are limited and going fast!
MOTHERS’S DAY @ SOUMAH, MAY 8
Treat Mum to the glorious views of our vineyard and a Trattoria d’Soumah lunch for Mother’s Day! We are offering fantastic value at $75.00 for a three course lunch and glass of wine. More details and full menu are HERE. Book now as places are limited and going fast!
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EVERYBODY LOVES A NEW BAG
Open 7 days a week – Full Menu Thursday through Monday (*public holidays pricing will be increased 10% form normal pricing) Download Full Menu 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 Monday while on Tuesday & 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; – ANTIPASTI – Tasting Boards, Bruschetta, Pate, Steamed Mussels – ORECCHIETTE – Short Pasta with Broccoli, Sultanas, Pine-nuts… – TAGLIATELLE AL RAGU DI CONIGLIO – Pasta with Rabbit Ragu – PESCE – Swordfish with Roasted Fennel and Salse Verde – COSTATA DI MANZO (GF) – 500g Gippsland Rib-Eye – tender! – SPALLA di AGNELLO – Slowed Cooked Lamb Shoulder – DOLCE – Bracehtto Gelati and Warm Chocolate Pudding – 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 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. 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.
UNLEASH YOUR LOVE
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! In the times of Ancient Rome, writers were describing a wine Gallia Cisalpina (northern Italy) known as vinum acquense (wine of the Acqui) that was a favourite among patricians with its sweet flavors and high aromatics. Legend also had it that Julius Caesar and Marc Antony presented Cleopatra several gourds of vinum acquense as a gift. Also, according to legend, the Pharaoh believed that the wine had the power to unleash the passions of her love.
MUSINGS ON VIOGNIER
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!
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