2018 Chardonnay d’Soumah


We pick Chardonnay as early as we can to ensure we retain a fresh line of citrus fruit and crisp natural acidity on the palate. We develop structure by predominantly barrel fermenting the juice and allowing it mature gracefully for eight months, before bottling a wine with balanced weight and silky texture. Serve the wine nicely chilled and it will be an excellent accompaniment with seafood and chicken dishes along with pasta and salads.

‘A new age, citrus crisp Chardonnay with texture and finesse.’

A dry winter lead into a gentle early spring. A very hot November hastened flowering into an abnormally wet December (5 inches more rain than normal). This rain and heat brought humidity but also delivered an abundant water table for the developing berries. December seemed to rain itself out and late summer was dry (3.5 inches less rain than normal), making for a calm harvest. Picking times were largely normal with fruit being fleshy and juicy with attractive varietal characters.

Our d’Soumah range of wines are made with fruit sourced from our own and other premium vineyards throughout the Yarra Valley to produce wines of distinct character and finesse that our region has become famous. Chardonnay is the most famous whites from the Yarra Valley and is one of the best regions in Australia for producing new age, linear fresh wines. Our d’Soumah range is built to deliver an exceptional price for value proposition and we believe this wine certainly delivers on that promise.

[2018 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2019 Yarra Valley Wine Show

[2017 Vintage] – 94 Points by James Halliday, 2019 Halliday Wine Companion

[2017 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2018 International Cool Climate Wine Show

[2017 Vintage] – 91 Points by Q-Wine

[2016 Vintage] – Gold Medal at 2017 Sakura Wine Awards

[2016 Vintage] – 91 Points by Campbell Mattinson

[2015 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2016 International Cool Climate Wine Awards

[2015 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2016 Melbourne International Wine Competition

“Picked early to retain freshness, this entry-level Chardonnay from the Yarra Valley’s Soumah Wines is no slouch. A blend of various sites, the fruit was predominantly barrel fermented and aged for eight months. It’s an easy drinking drop with some interest but cruising along without too much complexity to fuss over. Juicy and tangy lemons plus licks of vanilla. The acid shines a fraction brighter than the fruit, but you can’t knock youthful exuberance. Good stuff!”
QWine, April 2019 [2018 Vintage]

“This is a gorgeous wine with rich, attractive aromas of stone fruit and lime, beautifully balanced crisp acidity, great structure with a steely backbone and heaps of delightful flavours. It is a superb wine that given some time will become an iconic Yarra Chardonnay. BLOODY BRILLIANT!!”
Dan Traucki/Director at Wine Assist, May 2019 [2018 Vintage]

“Hundreds of words on the front and back labels tell you the wine is predominantly fermented and matured for eight months in French oak. A snappy, fresh Chardonnay born of the cool ’17 vintage and steep vineyard hills, part undergoing mlf! Bargain hunters ahoy.
Halliday Wine Companion 2019 [2017 Vintage]

Picked early to retain citrusy fruit and crisp acidity. Barrel fermented and aged for eight months to develop texture. A really good drink – well done SOUMAH team. Tangy lime and shades of green apple. White stonefruit pins this wine together but very much taking a back seat. Flashes of Cashew nuttiness with a faint match stick peering through. Soft ginger like spice is met by lemony sherbet and grapefruit acid tang to finish. Quite a refreshing and easy drinking type. Drink now to three years.”
Q-Wine [2017 Vintage]

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