2017 Soumah Equilibrio Chardonnay


The Mendosa clone creates rich, elegant Chardonnay and we selected this for our first Equilibrio. The wine is opulent, generous and composed with good oak integration all wound together with a citrus and nectarine, creamy freshness.

“Rich and Generous.”

Varietals: Chardonnay

Clone: Mendosa

Yeast: Wild

Oak Age: 27% New

Harvest: 6 March 2017

Be at Harvest: 12.3

pH at Harvest: 3.37

TA at Harvest: 6.50

The concept behind our Equilibrio range is to promote the very best barrels, clonal mix and new oak integration to create a few cases that will benchmark the potential of each vintage. Some would call it Reserve but we call it Equilibrio as great wine is all about harmony and balance.

[2018 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2019 Decanter Asia Wine Awards

[2018 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2019 Perth Royal Wine Show

[2018 Vintage] – 93 Points by James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020

[2018 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2019 Melbourne International Wine Show

[2018 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2019 WineWise Small Vigneron Awards

[2017 Vintage] – Best White Wine, Top Gold Medal (96 Points) at International Cool Climate Wine Show 2019

[2017 Vintage] – Gold Medal at 2018 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge

[2017 Vintage] – Gold Medal at 2018 Victorian Wine Show

[2017 Vintage] – Gold Medal at 2018 Yarra Valley Wine Show

[2017 Vintage] – Gold Medal at 2018 Perth Royal Wine Awards

[2017 Vintage] – Best White Wine Trophy & Platinum Medal at 2018 Japan Wine Challenge

[2017 Vintage] – Gold Medal (96 Points) at 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards

[2017 Vintage] – Gold Medal at Winewise Small Vigneron Awards

[2017 Vintage] – 96 Points by James Halliday, 2019 Halliday Wine Companion

[2017 Vintage] – 95 Points by Huon Hooke, 2019 The Real Review

[2017 Vintage] – 94 Points by Campbell Mattinson, 2019 The Wine Front

[2017 Vintage] – Silver Medal (94 Points) at 2018 Sydney Royal Wine Show

[2017 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

“Wow what a cracker wine- big blousy bouquet with nectarines & a hint of peach, on the palate it is sumptuous, creamy, beautifully balanced with masses of tight flavours 7 a crispy refreshing finish- TRULY DIVINE!!”
Dan Traucki, August 2019 (2018 Vintage)

“2017 Soumah of Yarra Valley Equilibrio Chardonnay Aromas of white peach and grapefruit are enhanced by a touch of funky complexity, and the palate is long and structured, with a very pleasing textural quality. ($77.00) ★★★★☆”
2018 Winewise Small Vignerons Awards (2017 Vintage)

“Fonts of a tiny size running every which way on the large, busy front and back labels allowed me to ascertain the clone is Mendoza. This whinge to one side, the wine does full justice to the excellent vintage, with white peach and grapefruit a familiar but ever-enjoyable repartee between them.”
Halliday Wine Companion 2019 – ‘James Halliday’s Wow Factor Whites’ (2017 Vintage)

“Pleasantly nutty bouquet, with a trace of toast: gunflinty and youthful. It’s tight and medium-bodied, firm and dry, the finish clean and refreshing, very long and more-ish. A wine of excellent concentration which is very young and will improve greatly with a little cellar-time. A smashing chardonnay.”
Huon Hooke – ‘2019 The Real Review’ (2017 Vintage)

“This isn’t the first SOUMAH wine released under the Equilibrio name but I suspect that it’s the first Equilibrio Chardonnay. It’s not the most flamboyant of chardonnays but it’s cool, textural length is most impressive. It’s straw-coloured, blessed with nectarine and white peach flavour, shows hand-in-glove spicy oak and carries the odd crackle of both flint and mineral. It feels juicy and well-ripened throughout, without being pushed. It has tension without being overtly tense. In short it’s in a very good place.”
Campbell Mattinson – ‘2019 The Wine Front’ (2017 Vintage) 

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