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2018 Soumah The Butcher

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Some of the best and most awarded wines in the world are blends and we follow the great Australian tradition of a Syrah, Cabernet blend but add a modern twist of Nebbiolo. The Butcher with it’s elegant but intense fruit and tannin structure is perfect with meat and cheese dishes.

Varietals: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon & Nebbiolo

Oak Regiment: 18 months

Oak Age: 50% new

Vegan Friendly: Yes

The Syrah delivers the fruit, the Cabernet adds a savoury focus and the Nebbiolo brings it all together with elegant structure.

[2018 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2019 Victorian Wine Show

[2018 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2019 International Wine and Spirit Competition

[2018 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2019 ANZ Boutique Wine Show

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

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

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

[2016 Vintage] – 96 Points by James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020

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

[2016 Vintage] – 90 Points by Huon Hooke, 2018 The Real Review

[2015 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2017 Melbourne International Wine Competition

[2015 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2017 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition

“… drinks very well indeed right now and the aromas demonstrate that now and later balance very nicely. Indeed the nose is uplifted deep and intense, full of ripe juicy and fresh fruit. It is a complex red, impeccably blended with good judicious oak supporting the fruit. Well integrated fine tannins follow on the extended length of finish. Classy, elegant and good overall structure feature heavily on my notes. The blending has delivered a great synergy also noted. Blackcurrant, blackberries, raspberries and cherries all make their presence felt. Fruit, fruit fruit and even more delicious fruit. Try this with tortellini and slow cooked ragu. 95 Points.” Paul Ippolito, December 2019 [2018 Vintage]

“Deep red/purple colour, with a very sweet cassis cabernet-driven bouquet. Violets and crushed leaves. The wine is light to medium-bodied and soft, with gentle structure and ready drinkability. Gentle fruity sweetness and very appealing flavour and texture; very much a fruit-driven style. Oak is very background, and cabernet drives the blend. A pristine wine. Delicious. 95 Points.” Huon Hooke/The Real Review, November 2019 [2018 Vintage]

“… I left this in the glass for a few hours before tasting. All three varieties show their hand and contribute well. Supple Syrah fruit meets leafy and tomato bush Cabernet with some leathery and earthy tones plus powdery tannins from the Nebbiolo. Nowhere near its best now, it softens nicely filling the mouth with generous handfuls of dried herbs, olives and red plums. A long and moreish finish calls for beef dishes and a bowl of fries (mind you, I have fries with everything). 92 Points.” QWine, October 2019 [2018 Vintage]


“Deep red/purple colour, with a very sweet cassis cabernet-driven bouquet. Violets and crushed leaves. The wine is light to medium-bodied and soft, with gentle structure and ready drinkability. Gentle fruity sweetness and very appealing flavour and texture; very much a fruit-driven style. Oak is very background, and cabernet drives the blend. A pristine wine. Delicious.. 95 Points.” Huon Hooke, The Real Review, October 2019 [2018 Vintage]

“The artistry of blending is on display in this innovative red. The plummy-berry aromas are lifted by a hint of cassis. Firm, persistent tannins harmonise well with the long flavour.”
Winewise, October 2019 [2016 Vintage]

“An interesting three-way blend with lots of complex aromas. Red fruit, spice and floral delicacy are trimmed with a toasty thread of oak, tracking through the palate plump and juicy, ripe and fresh. Acidity keeps it vibrant and tannins are in balance. An interesting toasty note, a bit like yeast autolysis, follows throught the finish. An intriguing drop. 91 Points.” Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review, May 2019 [2018 Vintage]

“…a blend matured in French oak (50% new) for 18 months. A first for the Yarra Valley, with a radically different label design to Soumah’s other wines. It seems the wine has been bottle-aged pre-release, and that was a smart decision, for all the parts of the wine have coalesced and the tannins have softened. It’s lusciously juicy, with structure behind the delicious fruit flavours, the balance very good. An eye-popper.” (96 Points)
James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020 [2016 Vintage]

“The colour is deep red with a tinge of purple and the bouquet is a riot of mocha, coffee, chocolate and cigar-butt: heavy-char oak being very prominent. There are also berry aromas and flavours: cassis and spicy berry flavours galore, and it finishes with a touch of black pepper. It’s fruit sweet in the middle and quite appealing, although the charry oak is rather dominant.” (90 Points)
Huon Hooke, The Real Review [2016 Vintage]

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