2023 Nebbiolo Barbera d'Soumah


The classic pairing of two noble north-eastern Italian varieties combine here to create a savoury elegant red wine with soft fruit and charming length. The Nebbiolo brings excellent tannin and finesse with aromas of wild herbs and violets, while the Barbera compliments with ripe red berry fruit and velvet mouthfeel.

A very wet winter and spring created increased work in the vineyard to ensure vines were clean and healthy and the incredibly wet October affected the fruit set reducing crop load. This increased rainfall also made nights warmer and days relatively cooler extending the ripening period. Summer dried out like usual with little rain in January and February allowing the fruit to ripen leading to a harvest that was 2-weeks later than recent experiences. Fruit retained natural acidity well, while flavours were developed at less ripeness. Wines are intense but with a lighter weight than normal.

Our d’Soumah range of wines are made with fruit sourced from our own and other premium vineyards throughout the Yarra Valley to produce wines of distinct character and finesse that our region has become famous.

[2021 Vintage] – 93 Points by Aaron Brasher, The Real Review, Dec 2022

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

[2018 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2019 Australia Italian Varieties Wine Show

“Bright and youthful in the glass. Fragrantly lifted aromas of blueberry, bramble, briar, wet earth, spice and a menthol lick. The palate is textured, layered, savoury and delicious. There’s a core of dark, brooding blackberry fruit, a touch of anise/spice and then these fabulously savoury and shapely tannins kick in and give real purpose and drive. Delicious! 93 Points.”
Aaron Brasher, The Real Review, December 2022 [2021 Vintage]

“…A savoury, loamy, earthen red with cherry-berry flavours doing just enough to keep everything moving. A savoury version of the easy-going red, with a good sense of shape to the palate, too.”
Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion, August 2020 [2018 Vintage] 

“Feels ‘Mod-Aus’ in the vein of the food movement, pretty and sweet fruited, but an undercurrent of tang and savoury that feels wholly Italian. It’s easy on the palate, soft and juicy, finds some pucker and tartness as it closes. A dry-ish red of lolling, easy feel and general drinkability that sits in second gear and cruises nicely. 91 Points.”
Mike Bennie, The Winefront, May 2020 [2018 Vintage]

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