2021 Chardonnay d'Soumah


We pick Chardonnay as early as we can to ensure we retain a fresh line of citrus fruit and crisp natural acidity on the palate. We develop structure in the wine by predominantly barrel fermenting the juice and allowing it to mature gracefully for eight months before bottling a wine with balanced weight and silky texture. Serve the wine nicely chilled and it will be an excellent accompaniment with seafood and chicken dishes along with pasta and salads.

‘A new age, citrus crisp Chardonnay with texture and finesse.’


Winter was wetter and warmer than the 25-year average, building the water table with spring cooler than normal, slowing down the vegetative cycle. These cooler temperatures persisted into summer with some abnormal drenching rains in January adding to the mild temperatures. February witnessed no rain to speak of setting up for a calm harvest through March. The crop was slightly heavier than normal due to January rain although the crunch of natural acidity from a cooler season helped set up good natural fermentation and ultimate wine balance.

[2019 Vintage] – 90 Points by Nick Stock for JamesSuckling.com, October 2020

[2018 Vintage] – 92 Points by Nick Stock for JamesSuckling.com, June 2019

[2018 Vintage] – 91 Points by Campbell Mattinson, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion

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

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

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

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

[2017 Vintage] – 91 Points by Q-Wine

[2016 Vintage] – Gold Medal at 2017 Sakura Wine Awards

[2016 Vintage] – 91 Points by Campbell Mattinson

[2015 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2016 International Cool Climate Wine Awards

[2015 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2016 Melbourne International Wine Competition

“Soumah is one of the unsung heroes of the Yarra Valley in Victoria: a winery that produces a range of very well-made wines at sensible prices. This Chardonnay d’Soumah is lovely – and food friendly – cool-climate chardonnay made for immediate enjoyment. Fresh, lively, and crisp with citrus flavours to the fore, this also has some textural appeal after being barrel fermented. Pair this with crispy pork belly for maximum enjoyment. Sexy chardonnay!
Winsor Dobbin, May 2022 [2021 Vintage]

“This fresh and complex young chardonnay offers peach and melon aromas with gently buttery, biscuity nuances, too. The balance of acidity is right for the ripe-peach flavors. Waffle-cone finish. 90 Points.”
Nick Stock for JamesSuckling.com, October 2020 [2019 Vintage]

“Fresh-faced stye with just enough texture, complexity and length to keep most folks happy. Pear, stone fruit, powdered milk and ginger-spice notes get the job done. 91 Points.”
Halliday Wine Companion, August 2020 [2019 Vintage]

“Straw in colour but it’s a fresh-faced style with clear varietal character. White peach, pear and apple flavour comes with oak spice top notes. It’s not overly intense but there’s enough here to satisfy. 90 Points.”
Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront, July 2020 [2019 Vintage]

“If you are yet to introduce yourself to Soumah wines, this is a great place to start. A well made Chardonnay, this is blended from a range of Yarra Valley parcels to deliver an easy drinking and refreshing wine. The boxes are ticked with white fleshed stone fruits and lemon juice plus vanilla cream and a grapefruit tang. It’s a wine with a neat flow and pleasure factor with some depth yet retaining some uplifting energy seen in modern Chardonnays. A big thumbs up. Drink now to three years. 91 Points.”
QWine, July 2020 [2019 Vintage]

“Soumah sounds like an interesting place so it is a bit of a disappointment to find the name comes from South of the Maroondah Highway. The good news, however, is that this Yarra Valley producer is building a formidable reputation for quality wines at very fair prices. This is a bright young chardonnay that is fresh and vibrant but also with some textural elements from older oak. Wild yeast fermentation and battonage have added palate interest but it is citrus and stone fruit elements that are very much to the for along with minerally acidity. This would be fabulous with fish and chips”
Winsor Dobbin, July 2020 [2019 Vintage]

“Juicy and riper style chardonnay but held fresh with green apple acidity. Ripe melon, stone fruit scents, a little honey butter going on, palate similar, refreshing though and finishes with a clatter of tart, sorbet-like freshness. Nice drink, charismatic. 90 Points.”
Mike Bennie, The Winefront, June 2020 [2018 Vintage]

“…A bright lemony yellow showing off its youthfulness and potential. A light to medium bodied Chardonnay that has elegance, grace and substance. Aromas of peach, melon, citrus lemons and broiche shine through. The nose is where it happening bigtime.

I like the overall structure of this wine, the way the aromas show off the fruit along with its fresh and crisp acidity along with there oak, enough to make its mark and put everything into its rightful place… Not a big Chardonnay but not a light pretty one either. An each way bet is the way I would call it. It drinks really well, with a long peach melon creamy nutty finish. A beautiful classic Chardonnay. Try it with veal saltimbocca. 93/100 – Excellent”
Paul Ippolito, Sept 2019 [2018 Vintage]

“Attractive, ripe peaches and melon here with subtle complexity and a suave, textural quality on the palate. Plenty of depth. Fresh and flavorful. 92 Points.”
Nick Stock for JamesSuckling.com, June 2019 [2018 Vintage]

“Yellow-straw in colour, with melon and wholemealy threads, this is an immediately inviting chardonnay. Subdued fruit characters flow through a smooth harmonious mouthful with enough phenolic grip at the end for savoury balance. 90 Points.”
Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review, May 2019 [2018 Vintage]

“Picked early to retain freshness, this entry-level Chardonnay from the Yarra Valley’s Soumah Wines is no slouch. A blend of various sites, the fruit was predominantly barrel fermented and aged for eight months. It’s an easy drinking drop with some interest but cruising along without too much complexity to fuss over. Juicy and tangy lemons plus licks of vanilla. The acid shines a fraction brighter than the fruit, but you can’t knock youthful exuberance. Good stuff!”
QWine, April 2019 [2018 Vintage]

“This is a gorgeous wine with rich, attractive aromas of stone fruit and lime, beautifully balanced crisp acidity, great structure with a steely backbone and heaps of delightful flavours. It is a superb wine that given some time will become an iconic Yarra Chardonnay. BLOODY BRILLIANT!!”
Dan Traucki/Director at Wine Assist, May 2019 [2018 Vintage]

“Hundreds of words on the front and back labels tell you the wine is predominantly fermented and matured for eight months in French oak. A snappy, fresh Chardonnay born of the cool ’17 vintage and steep vineyard hills, part undergoing mlf! Bargain hunters ahoy.
Halliday Wine Companion 2019 [2017 Vintage]

Picked early to retain citrusy fruit and crisp acidity. Barrel fermented and aged for eight months to develop texture. A really good drink – well done SOUMAH team. Tangy lime and shades of green apple. White stonefruit pins this wine together but very much taking a back seat. Flashes of Cashew nuttiness with a faint match stick peering through. Soft ginger like spice is met by lemony sherbet and grapefruit acid tang to finish. Quite a refreshing and easy drinking type. Drink now to three years.”
Q-Wine [2017 Vintage]

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