2018 Soumah Single Vineyard Viognier


An apricot and spicy ginger bouquet following through to a textured, rich, apricot and musk palate while finishing clean, with a great line of length.

Varietal: Viognier

Clones:  1968, 642, HTK

Yeast:  Wild

Oak Age: Smidgen of new oak

Harvest: 21 Feb, 2018

Baume at Harvest: 12.0

pH at Harvest: 3.5

TA at Harvest: 5.8

Our climatic advantage of warm days and cool nights, coupled with planting numerous Viognier clones, creates layers of intensity. A small amount of HTK clone planted at 9,000 vines per hectare adds to the concentration. The fruit was hand-picked,whole-bunch pressed and fermented in barrel. Our ‘Golden Lox’ has to be picked just right. Picked too late; no structure. Picked too early; no apricots. And, ripening very fast; we have less than a 24 hour window to get it just right!

[2017 Vintage] – Gold Medal at 2018 Japan Wine Competition

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

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

[2017 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2018 Sydney Royal Wine Show

[2016 Vintage] – 94 points by James Halliday, 2018 Halliday Wine Companion

[2016 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2017 Yarra Valley Wine Show

[2015 Vintage] – Trophy & 94 Points, Best Other Dry White at 2016 International Cool Climate

“Aromas sit firmly in the stone fruit realm with apricot leading the way, and a touch of skins character providing a more savoury element. Displays the typically textured mouthfeel of the variety, the flavours ripe but not sweet, and a juicy, mouthwatering acidity running through the palate.”
Halliday Wine Companion 2019 (2017 Vintage)

“The difficulty in picking the right time to harvest Viognier is legendary, but Soumah pretty well nailed it here. There is apricot and yellow peach fruit in abundance, but it sidesteps the issue of an excessively phenolic finish – instead there’s a jab of citrusy acidity.”
Halliday Wine Companion 2018 (2016 Vintage)

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