2019 Soumah Single Vineyard Syrah


A spicy bouquet and savoury palate with intense red and black fruit coupled with fine grained tannins and spice, all bound together with a sweet clip of new oak.

Varietals: Syrah

Clones:  R6WV28, Bests, Old Clone

Harvest: 8 March, 2019

Baume at Harvest: 13.6

pH at Harvest: 3.63

TA at Harvest: 4.3

Oak Forests: Allier, Vosges & Chatillon

Oak Age: 20% New

Cooler climate growing regions like the Yarra Valley are heralding an elegant style of Syrah (Shiraz) and our elevated, well-drained site, elevated with suitably chosen clones create a graceful yet powerful wine. Our fruit was gently picked on various dates, depending on the clone, before being separated into whole berry or whole bunch ferments. It was then racked to barriques and puncheons (20% new) where it slowly aged for 18 months.

[2016 Vintage] – Silver Medal (92 Points) at 2019 International Wine and Spirits Competition

[2016 Vintage] – 93 Points by James Halliday, 2019 Halliday Wine Companion

[2015 Vintage] – 94 Points by James Halliday, 2018 Halliday Wine Companion

[2014 Vintage] – 94 Points by James Halliday, 2017 Halliday Wine Companion

[2014 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards

“Brilliant glass-staining colour. A bit of a reductive ‘whoof’ meets the nose at first but it clears quickly. There’s a distinct dark choc-coated liqueur cherry thing on the nose, along with some foresty, whole-bunchy notes. It tastes choclatey and rich too, with plenty of ripe flavour, but a savoury edge keeps it from jamminess. Mocha oak perfumes the lingering finish nicely. 90 Points.”
Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review, March 2020 (2019 Vintage)

“A powerful and assertive wine. It’s very perfumed and pretty and shows floral characters overlaid on raspberry and fresh strawberry fruitiness. There’s a touch of rose water in the wine too. Lost of spice, don’t forget that. It feels cool climate to the core, yet delivers quite a lot more. 93 Points.”
Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine, May/June 2020 (2016 Vintage)

“Attractively fresh red berry aromas with a hint of whole-bunch complexity. The palate offers fine tannins, intensity and length. A classy medium-bodied red.”
Winewise, October 2019 (2016 Vintage)

“There’s a masculinity about this Yarra Valley Single Vineyard Syrah. Baked raspberry and meaty aromas strike early. Pretty red florals follow suit. There’s a blueberry and mulberry complexity too. Scents of lillipilly and French polish rise up with more time in the glass. It’s not a glistening wine yet there’s this rustic appeal about it which I find endearing. Firm in the mouth, some red currant steps up with some air under its wings. Tea like tannins roll through and clutch to a long and moreish finish. It might not be to everyone’s liking, but for me, giddy up!”
QWine, September 2019 (2016 Vintage)

“Whole berry and whole bunch ferments employed, aged in French barriques and puncheons (30% new) for 18 months. Spicy aromas with green pepper and clove in the mix, with riper notes of blackberry and some oak sweetness in play. Juicy and supple through the palate with generous fruit and fine astringency which seems to be built more on acid than tannin.”
Halliday Wine Companion 2019 (2016 Vintage)

“Good hue and depth; the scented bouquet has spice, pepper, balance and cedary oak all on show, the medium-bodied palate providing an instant replay.”
Halliday Wine Companion 2018 (2015 Vintage)

“Appealing Shiraz from the Yarra Valley. Lighter bodied, but in a good way. It’s light and juicy with a clip of sweet-toasty oak. Easy to drink but with enough fine-grained tannin and savoury, crushed-leaf spicy notes to keep it from seeming simple. Dark cherry and blueberry fruit profile. You can easily drink this now though it should develop well. The antithesis of a blockbuster shiraz.”
Campbell Mattinson – 92 points (2012 Vintage)

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