2022 Single Vineyard Hexham Pinot Noir


Pinot Noir is a very selective grape. It does not like the heat but does like the sun. It likes to be on well drained soils so not good on flat landscapes. It likes warm days but more important, cold summer nights. It is so demanding that only a few Australian regions can aspire to produce a Pinot Noir of any pedigree. The Yarra Valley has attained that status over the decades and we have set out to support that reputation with our attention to detail and first-rate vineyard sites.

Savoury with cherry and spice on the nose and a palate of red fruits, leaf and earth. It maintains clean minerality and length and will benefit from 5 years ageing.


Varietals: Pinot Noir

Clones:  MV6, 115, D4V2

Harvest: 21 February – 4 March, 2022

Baume at Harvest: 12.5

pH at Harvest: 3.7

TA at Harvest: 5.8

Vegan Friendly: Yes

We have four clones of Pinot Noir on our Hexham Vineyard and once combined they create a classic, cool climate style wine showing elegance and savoury spice. Fermentation is completed using indigenous yeasts followed by a lengthy maturation in premium French oak to add a layer of earthy complexity.

[2022 Vintage] – 93 Points | Silver Medal at 2023 ANZ Boutique Wine Show

[2021 Vintage] – 91 Points by Philip Rich, Halliday Wine Companion 2024

[2022 Vintage] – 87 Points | Bronze Medal at 2023 Yarra Valley Wine Show

[2022 Vintage] – 95 Points | Gold Medal at 2023 International Cool Climate Wine Show

[2021 Vintage] – 98 Points at Wines of Victoria Wine Show | Winestate Magazine, June 2022

[2021 Vintage] – Silver Medal at Decanter World Wine Awards 2022

[2020 Vintage] – 91 Points by Jane Faulkner, 2022 Halliday Wine Companion

[2019 Vintage] – 94 Points by Nick Stock for JamesSuckling.com, October 2020

[2018 Vintage] – 93 Points by Steven Creber, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion

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

[2018 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2019 Perth Royal Wine Show

[2018 Vintage] –  Gold Medal (93 Points) by Australian Wine Showcase, Sept 2019

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

[2017 Vintage] –  Bronze Medal at 2019 ANZ Boutique Wine Show

[2017 Vintage] –  Gold Medal (95 Points) by Australian Wine Showcase, Sept 2019

[2017 Vintage] – 95 Points by James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020

[2017 Vintage] – Gold Medal (95 Points) at Decanter World Wine Awards 2019

[2017 Vintage] – Gold Medal (95 Points) at International Cool Climate Wine Show

[2017 Vintage] – In TOP 50 2017 Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, 2018 The Real Review

[2017 Vintage] – Gold Medal at Japan Wine Competition

[2017 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2018 Melbourne International Wine Competition

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

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

[2017 Vintage] – 93 Points from Rob Geddes

[2016 Vintage] – 90 Points by Andrew Graham for Oz Wine Review

[2016 Vintage] – 90 Points by James Halliday 2018 Wine Companion

[2016 Vintage] – Double Gold Medal at 2017 Melbourne International Wine Competition

[2016 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards

[2015 Vintage] – Gold Medal at 2016 Sakura Wine Awards

“Simple answer is: yes. This is a well-formed pinot noir with cherry-plum fruit and cedarwood oak heightened by purple flower and pepper-like notes. It feels silken and it feels convincing, in an appropriately light- medium-weight way. Hints of undergrowth don’t hurt the wine’s cause either. 92+ Points.”
Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au, October 2023 [2022 Vintage]
“Sappy, distinctly medium-bodied and just a bit sweet, framed with furry oak and menthol phenolics around the seams. This may build in gravitas with medium-term cellaring, but this is far from the top-drawer for the region. Lots of orange peel and sweet cherry fruit, with a spurt of acidity across the finish. Drink or hold. 91 Points.”
Ned Goodwin, Senior Editor, jamesuckling.com, June, 2023 [2022 Vintage]
“Spicy red currant aromas with a perfumed lift and a fleshy red fruit driven palate with a savoury/gamey thread, chocolatey oak and soft tannins. 98 Points.”
Wines of Victoria Wine Show, Winestate Magazine, Jul/Aug 2022 [2021 Vintage]

“This arrived soon after bottling and it does need time to settle. Expect dark fruits, a foresty fragrance and a fair bit of smoky flavour from the 20% new oak barrels. It’s a lighter rendition, almost pretty this vintage, with soft, supple tannins and juicy acidity. 91 Points.”
Jane Faulkner, 2022 Halliday Wine Companion, August 2021 [2020 Vintage]

“Plenty of bold red cherries and berries in a sappy and gently earthy frame of complex aromas. The palate has a very vividly powerful stance and elegant yet intense tannins, carrying strawberry, red-cherry and plum flavors. Impressive. 94 Points.”
Nick Stock for JamesSuckling.com, October 2020 [2019 Vintage]

“Produced from three clones but predominantly MV6, that parcel aged in 1yo puncheons. Sappy, sour cherry aromas are prominent in the bouquet, with some mulchy, stalky and smoky characters. It fans out quickly on the palate, the flavours swirling around the mouth and gathering on the finish. Still sorting itself out; will be better with time. 93 Points.”
Steven Creber, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion, August 2020 [2018 Vintage]

“Very sour cherry orientated bouquet, almost citrusy notes, high toned florals and green herb. Palate is similar, minty-green and sour cherry notes, cool acidity, a starburst of blood orangey acidity to close. Nice texture, slips over the palate well, tannins shapely and a fine, squeaky finish. Just that greener spectrum vibe might catch you. I quite like all this. It’s very ‘Australian cool climate whole bunch-y’ in style, even if it isn’t (tasted blind). 93 Points.”
Mike Bennie, The Winefront, February 2020 [2018 Vintage]

“Crimson-red colour with paler red edges. Complex aromatics – spicy, savoury elements, mushrooms and hummous, red licorice and black cherries, toasty oak. It’s beautifully ripe, red cherries with a delightful bruised-apple fleshy character. Definitely set to flourish with time in the bottle. Delicious now. 95 Points.”
Nick Butler, The Real Review, December 2019 [2018 Vintage]

“The aromas from the first pour had me hooked. A cracking single vineyard Pinot Noir. A touch of menthol early but that blew off. Purple flowers sneak up and are flanked by lillipilly aromas too. Juicy red cherries and red berry fruit dance with ease seemingly floating across the top of the tongue. Fine tannins are brushed across leaving their mark. A ripper!”
QWine, November 2019 [2018 Vintage]

“Predominantly forged from MV6, with support from clones 777 and D4V2 (aka Pommard), wild-fermented and matured in French puncheons (20% new) for 12 months. Excellent colour; a very impressive wine, intense and complex, its foresty/savoury profile suggesting some whole bunches in the ferment. 95 Points.”
James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020 [2017 Vintage]

“I’m a card-carrying fan of the 2017 Soumah Pinots. Every egg is a (tasty, varietal) bird. Great colour for this Hexham Vineyard Pinot too. It’s a slightly sappy, vinous style with prominent whole bunch character, but not too much. Just enough. It’s firm and serious, if maybe just a little masculine, but then there’s that core of red fruit – a real redcurrant concentration and firm stem tannins to give structure. Power and pleasure. I’m a fan. 93 Points.”
Andrew Graham, Oz Wine Review, March 2019 [2017 Vintage]

“Fresh red fruits plus a hint of stems. The palate is full of life, with a fine tannin structure. It needs just a little more intensity.”
2018 Winewise Yarra Valley Pinot Noir Tasting – 4/5 stars [2017 Vintage]

“Dark cherry and spicy red fruits on the nose unfold to a savoury palate showing fine oak integration and a clean focus, with strawberry and cherry fruit balanced by the tannins.”
Halliday Wine Companion Jun/Jul 2018 Edition

“Elegance is definitely the theme at Soumah. Dark cherry/Ribena coloured, this is a light Pinot Noir style that is bony and faintly bitter the red fruit palate backed by lots of acidity. Just a fraction underpowered, but an elegant style and certainly charming.”
Andrew Graham – Oz Wine Review [2016 Vintage]

“MV6, 777 and D4V2 clones, matured in French oak (27% new) for 11 months. Many Burgundians believe there is synergy in a clonal mix. It may be this, or the Hexham site, but either way, I have a slight preference for the more silky, supple mouthfeel and fractionally riper flavours of this wine.”
James Halliday – 95 points [2015 Vintage]

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