2018 Soumah Single Vineyard Chardonnay Upper Ngumby


Steely citrus bouquet is supported by some flintiness and sweet melon character. A fresh melon and nectarine palate is integrated with subtle oak for a silky mouthfeel, finishing long and fresh.

“New Age, Fresh and Crisp.”

Varietals: Chardonnay

Vine Age: 21 Years

Yeast: Wild

Oak Age: 20% New Oak

Harvest: 2 March, 2018

Baume at Harvest: 11.8

pH at Harvest: 3.5

TA at Harvest: 6.0

The Yarra Valley is possibly the ultimate region in Australia for fresh, new-age Chardonnay. Our goal is simple: add to that reputation with premium, definitive vineyard sites and exacting viticulture to create a modern, premium Chardonnay. The fruit was barrel fermented with 100% wild yeast. The wine was then matured on lees in these barriques and puncheons for eight months with some secondary fermentation to create depth and finesse.

The Upper Ngumby vineyard is within the confines of Yarra Glen, sloping gently east. It is protected from the late afternoon sun by the Christmas Hills, rising up to the west.

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

[2017 Vintage] – 95 Points by James Halliday, 2019 Halliday Wine Companion

[2017 Vintage] – Top Gold (96 Points) and Best 2017 Chardonnay in Show Trophy at 2018 International Cool Climate Wine Show

[2017 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2018 Melbourne International Wine Competition

[2017 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards

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

“Appealing green mango notes at kick-off. BBQ chestnuts add a savoury line over bruised cider apples. A creaminess of texture gives richness and weight. Full-bodied power. 93 Points.”
Stuart Knox, The Real Review, March 2020 (2019 Vintage)

“Smoky sulfides make the first impression, a measured dose adding to this wine’s fine citrus aromatics. A mix of caramel and hazelnuts on the mid-palate held to account by a confident acid line. Right in its perfect drinking window. 93 Points.”
Nick Butler, The Real Review, April 2020 (2018 Vintage)

“Struck-match moments on white nectarines. Flows long and deep with those same aromatics. The tightrope of acid provides precision whilst quality fruit and deft winemaking adds power and complexity. 94 Points.”
Stuart Knox, The Real Review, March 2020 (2018 Vintage)

“Slightly more intensity all round than the Hexham (Chardonnay), and the texture is creamier. It’s complex, fresh and will build more flavour in bottle.”
Winewise, October 2019 (2018 Vintage)

“Leaner than the Hexham, there’s a sense of precision about this Chardonnay. White fleshed stonefruit the hero with an enticing texture which hits and sticks to the mid-palate. Flinty with well-integrated oak, lemons and old school lemonade grab hold at the death and urge for another sip. A winner.”
QWine, September 2019 (2018 Vintage)
“Vibrant citrus aromas with just a hint of melon, exquisite palate with ripe nectarines & smidge of limes, great structure, with a touch of steeliness, well integrated & svelte. DROP DEAD GORGEOUS!!!!!!”
Dan Traucki, August 2019 (2018 Vintage)
“The richest of the SOUMAH range, but doesn’t rely on sweetness (there is none) nor extraction. The balance and length are both exceptional, the pure varietal expression courtesy of grapefruit and zesty acidity. Will flourish with more time in bottle.”
Halliday Wine Companion 2019 (2017 Vintage)

Aromas of struck-match, toasty barrels and creamy lees add complexity to candied peach and citrus fruit at the core. It’s harmoniously put together with medium-weight and attractive freshness.  90 Points.”
Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review, May 2019 (2018 Vintage)

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