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2018 Soumah Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Upper Ngumby

$40.00

Pinot Noir is a very selective grape. It does not like the heat but likes the sun. It likes to be on well drained soils, so not good on flat landscapes. It likes warm days but more important, cooler nights. It is so demanding that only a few Australian regions can aspire to produce Pinot Noir of any pedigree. The Yarra Valley has attained that status over the decades and we have set out to support that reputation with selecting small patches of older wines from various Single Vineyard sites from across the Valley.

Varietals: Pinot Noir

Clones:  MV6, 115

Harvest: 2 March 2018

New Oak: 25% New Oak

Baume at Harvest: 12.5

pH at Harvest: 3.6

TA at Harvest: 6.0

Vegan Friendly: Yes

The Upper Ngumby vineyard is near Yarra Glen, sloping gently east. It is protected from the late afternoon sun by the Christmas Hills rising up to the west. The older MV6 clones coupled with the 115 clone produce a Pinot with restraint, displaying a spicy frame of savoury red fruits and crushed leaf. Wild cherries and fragrant herbs blend well on the palate and are supported by new oak definition and soft tannins.

[2018 Vintage] –  Gold Medal (93 Points) by Wine Companion Magazine, Sept 2019

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

[2017 Vintage] –  Gold Medal (94 Points) by Wine Companion Magazine, Sept 2019

[2017 Vintage] – 95 Points by James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020

[2017 Vintage] – In TOP 50 2017 Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, 2018 The Real Review

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

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

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

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

[2016 Vintage] – 92 points by James Halliday 2018 Wine Companion

[2016 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards

“The vineyard, in Yarra Glen, slopes east and is protected from the afternoon sun. It’s a blend of MV6 and 115 clones, wild-fermented and matured in French oak (27% new) for 12 months. It’s a supremely elegant wine, with a full suite of red fruit/pomegranate flavours and silky tannins. Pure joy. It may be a while before we have another vintage as good as ’17.” (95 Points)
James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020 [2017 Vintage]

“Gentle glacé raspberry fruits, a lovely juicy palate in a generous mode. It’s packed with pinosity and the buxom, perfectly ripe and lively palate is just very inviting. So likeable. Best drinking: Now to five years. 18/20 93/100.”
Oz Wine Review, April 2019 [2017 Vintage]

“Bright red colour. Fresh cherry and strawberry aromas with some oak. Firm at the moment. Needs time to soften.”
2018 Winewise Yarra Valley Pinot Noir Tasting – 4/5 stars [2017 Vintage]

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