2016 Soumah Single Vineyard Nebbiolo


The Yarra Valley with it hot but short summer and cool nights throughout could be the ideal location for Nebbiolo. After some research we planted a couple of clones on a North West slope to give in every opportunity to ripen slowly in the autumn breeze. We hand-picked the fruit and fermented the juice in tank. After fermentation the wine was left on skins for 120 days to soften and then racked to seasoned puncheons (500L barrels) where it aged gracefully for 18 months.

Varietals: Nebbiolo

Clones: CVT CN 230, Mat 10, Mat 3

Harvest: 18 March, 2016

On Skins: 90 Days

Oak Regime: Seasoned Puncheon

Baume at Harvest: 13.2

pH at Harvest: 3.5

TA at Harvest: 4.7

The wine has a brilliant ruby colour and a bouquet of violets, rose and plum. There is a generous red fruit, wild herbs and truffle palate with integrated tannins and soft acidity finishing long and complete.

[2016 Vintage] – 91 Points by James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020

[2016 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards

[2016 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

[2015 Vintage] – 90 Points by James Halliday 2018 Wine Companion

[2015 Vintage] – 96 Points & #1 2015 Nebbiolo in Australia by Huon Hooke

[2015 Vintage] – Gold Medal at 2017 Victorian Wine Show

[2015 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2017 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show

[2015 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2017 Melbourne International Wine Competition

“Lopes singled this out for high praise noting its expressive nose of “fern, savoury herbs, and dried red fruit.” She found it the “most herbaceous and green” of her picks, and remarked on its “ferrous, ironstone quality.” Altmann found it “Fine and fragrant, with some oak spice of nutmeg, sandalwood, mizunara [Japanese oak]. Cranberry and briar.” Canala said that “It’s got some presence on the palate too, fleshy acidity and quite big, flavoursome tannins. Kind of guttural, but delicious in that way.” While Lopes called it a “Serious wine with great length and structure.””
Young Gun of Wine, Spotlight on Nebbiolo/Blind Tasting, Aug 2019 [2016 Vintage]

“Lifted fragrant herbal/floral aromas and light tannin texture to the earthy fruit palate.”
2018 WINESTATE Emerging Varietal Awards – 3/5 stars [2016 Vintage]

Medium to deep ruby-red colour with little purple tint remaining, the bouquet is nutty and rather brazil-nutty. Violets and dark fruits as well. The wine is full-bodied and dense, rich and high-extract. A weighty, concentrated nebbiolo. Very tannic and chewy and powerful. Plenty of oak but it’s harmonised. Impressive. A touch of licorice, almost an overripe element. A big wine, no shortage of concentration or tannin extraction. Long carry. Authentic nebbiolo, utterly convincing. Really quite spectacular.
Huon Hooke – 96 points [2015 Vintage]

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