2023 Single Vineyard Hexham Syrah


Lifted aromatics of spice with red and black fruit leads to a savoury palate highlighting intense cherry, blackberry and plums. Some hints of leather and tobacco coming from the new oak while finishing with fine grained tannins and good length.

Varietals: Syrah

Clones:  R6WV28, Bests Old Clone

Harvest: 16 March 2023

Baume at Harvest: 12.6

pH at Harvest: 3.7

TA at Harvest: 5.0

Oak: 500l Puncheons

Oak Age: 25% 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 before being separated into whole berry or whole bunch ferments. It was then racked to puncheons (25% new) for slow aging.

[2022 Vintage] – 95 Points |Silver Medal ANZ Boutique Wine Show 2023

[2022 Vintage] – 93 Points by Mike Bennie, WBM – Australia’s Wine Business Magazine 2023

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

[2021 Vintage] – 93 Points by Philip Rich, Halliday Wine Companion 2024

[2021 Vintage] – 93 Points by Stuart Knox for The Real Review, July 2022

[2021 Vintage] – 92 Points by Mike Bennie, The WineFront, July 2022

[2020 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2022 ANZ Boutique Wine Show

[2020 Vintage] – 94 Points at Wines of Victoria Wine Show | Winestate Magazine, June 2022

[2020 Vintage] – Gold Medal at European Wine Challenge 2022

[2020 Vintage] – 94 Points by Campbell Mattinson, The WineFront, October 2021

[2020 Vintage] – 95 Points by Aaron Brasher, The Real Review, September 2021

[2020 Vintage] – 93 Points by Jane Faulkner, 2022 Halliday Wine Companion

[2020 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2021 Melbourne International Wine Competition

[2019 Vintage] – 92 Points by James Halliday, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion

[2019 Vintage] – 92 Points by Nick Stock for JamesSuckling.com, July 2021

[2019 Vintage] – 4 Stars by Winewise Magazine, September 2020

[2019 Vintage] – 92 Points by Steve Leszczynski, QWine, September 2020

[2019 Vintage] – 3.5 Stars by Wine Business Magazine, Aug/Sept 2020

[2019 Vintage] – 90 Points by Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review, March 2020

[2016 Vintage] – 93 Points by Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine, May/June 2020

[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

“And now we welcome a Soumah Yarra Syrah. That flicker of cranberry ham marks this as proper Syrah, not just another Shiraz. A medium-bodied Syrah with vanilla oak makes its presence known on what is otherwise a mid-weight red. Slightly sweet and sour, not obviously seductive, but a substantial drink representing who and what it is. I like it. 92 Points”
Andrew Graham, ozwinereview.com, January 2024 [2022 Vintage].

“2021 is the famed vintage but there are some beautiful wines coming out of the Yarra Valley in 2022. This wine starts of tight, savoury and spicy but it unfurls beautifully in the glass is pretty much a class act from start to finish. Nuts, white pepper, succulent red cherries and even plums. There’s a fragrant, lively, herbal/bunchy side, and a smoky/reductive aspect with it, the finish then dry, spicy and sinewy. It’s very good. 93+ Points.”
Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au, August 2023 [2022 Vintage].

“A satisfying but comparatively simple shiraz showing ripe plum/cherry characteristics with background spiciness. Enjoyable now.”
Lester Jesberg, winewise.net.au, November 2023 [2022 Vintage]

“Very elegant, very refined, very pretty, very perfumed, very silky. Lots of superlatives. Red cherry and woody spices, some faint minty-alpine herb lift and a small dash of white pepper. Tannins form an attractive sheath around fruit character that matches the bouquet, the length of flavour significant and the general feel is quality. 93 Points” Mike Bennie, WBM, October 2023 [2022 Vintage]

“An inviting nose of smoked meats, forest floor and red plums leads into a savoury palate. Inky tannins cradle the core, providing support and flavour to the red-fruited core. It’s a nicely styled syrah with composure. 91 Points.”
Gabrielle Poy, The Real Review, September 2023 [2022 Vintage]

“Deep ruby red. Plum, violet, and vegetable stock aromas. Vibrant plum and mulberry fruit on entry, layers of smoked meats, sandalwood and rosemary bring character and delight to the palate. Great length and the fine-grained tannins persist throughout. 93 Points.”
Stuart Knox, The Real Review, July 2022 [2021 Vintage]

“Another Soumah across the tasting bench and another great wine. The consistency across the range is impressive and each price point is covered in style. Soft with sophistication, this is a delicious Yarra Valley Syrah.

Driven by dark fruit and pan juices, there is some volume through the mouth yet the power is restrained. Scents of purple flowers, some char and fine spices, there is a focus of flavour in the mid-palate. It’s long and oh so pleasurable, I wouldn’t baulk at grabbing a bottle and polishing off a couple of glasses. Great stuff. Drink to five years+”
Qwine, July 2022 [2021 Vintage]

“Just on medium bodied, svelte and shapely with grippy, gritty tannins, has good dark fruited depth, floral lift, some woody spice characters, a bit of graphite and smoky wood character too. Cruises along with a sense of brightness under all that, finishes with a nice corkscrew of pucker. Feels serious. 92 Points.”
Mike Bennie, The WineFront, July 2022 [2021 Vintage]

“A fabulous cool climate shiraz with deep inky purple colour, gorgeous elegant bouquet with plenty of red berries, some violets and a smidge of lavender — most appealing. The palate is smashing; mid-weight, stacks of lively fruit flavours, beautifully balanced and with long lingering tight finish. OH YUM – TOTALLY BRILLIANT!!”
Dan Traucki, June 2022 [2021 Vintage]

“A fruit driven wine with a slight green edge seamlessly integrated with spicy oak and soft tannins. 94 Points.”
Wines of Victoria Wine Show, Winestate Magazine, Jul/Aug 2022 [2020 Vintage]

“Bright, juicy and mid weight Yarra red. Lovely red cranberry and mulberried purple plum style, with deliberate understatement despite the exuberant fruit. Appreciably cool climate with the clovey edge, and indeed you don’t see the alcohol, just the exuberant fruit. It may be a little light on the impact but undoubtedly berried and attractive. 92 Points.”
Oz Wine Review, December 2021 [2020 Vintage]

“Full-on pepper-laden style with red and black cherry fruit flavours flying into twig and garden herb and spice galore. Crunchy style ion red with ample mouthwatering acidity but oh the spice, the pepper, the savoury delights. There are flashes of licorice here too along with smoky reduction and/or smoked meat notes. If you’re onto the heavy spice style of shiraz, this is terrific. 94 Points.”
Campbell Mattinson, The WineFront, October 2021 [2020 Vintage]

“Bright, youthful and purple in the glass. Aromas of blueberry, bouquet garni, anise, sarsaparilla and dried flowers. Bright and lively on the palate, blue fruits, red cherry, spice, woodsy and white pepper. A very pretty, fragrant and delicious cool-climate syrah. 95 Points.”
Aaron Brasher, The Real Review, September 2021 [2020 Vintage]

“I always find Soumah wines very approachable and so easy to kick back with. Well made with that eye-catching duck egg label to appease the eye, this Syrah is another beauty worth considering. Pour a few glasses among friends and this will go down a treat. Cool nights, generous plates of food – all that. Devilishly smooth, black pepper and black fruits open the account. With a slight minerally vibe, dark cherries and drunken plums find their lungs with some air. A dusting of char adds savoury appeal. Long and moreish, yep, pour me another. Drink to five years+. 91 Points.”
QWine, September 2021 [2020 Vintage]

“A crunchy, vibrant red that turns on the black pepper to spice things up. It might be too much for some, but it’s rather appealing here as there’s really juicy sweet fruit and woodsy spices too. A restrained style, sinewy tannins but the overall impression is a savoury, tangy wine with lots of acidity and refreshing as a result. 93 Points.”
Jane Faulkner, 2022 Halliday Wine Companion, August 2021 [2020 Vintage]

“An extremely powerful, complex, savoury palate with drive and length. Rhone inspired, but needs time to settle down. Worth cellaring. 92 Points.”
James Halliday, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion, August 2020 [2019 Vintage]

“Boldly modern nose with mocha and spiced-wood tones across black cherries and dark berries. The palate has the same oak-dominant hierarchy. There are ripe dark berries below. Needs to settle. Try from 2023. 92 Points.”
Nick Stock for JamesSuckling.com, July 2021 [2019 Vintage]

“ A little neoprene, spice, black fruit, fleshy, some bitterness, moving into red fruits and peanuts, a little tang, good length. Nice wine. 91 Points.”
Gary Walsh, The Winefront, October 2020 [2019 Vintage]

“Wow what a sensational wine. And it is so young. How much potential has this Shiraz got to develop into a very respectable red, is the magic question here? It is delivering the goods big-time already in my books. Inky crimson purple, the purity of fruit just subsumes the senses. The aromas are classic smooth and seductive. Spicy fruit, cherries, blueberries, plums, and black licorice all come through in a slow unwinding manner. Love the nose. Have sat here smelling it for an inordinate time! The oak treatment is there subtle letting the fruit shine and do its work. The ripe fresh fruit resonates on the palate long lingering and smooth, ever so fine yet there tannins. There is much more to come but it is luxuriant drinking now. Very much so. Delicious and moreish. It will improve incrementally with time in different dimensions and it has, as I said, the hallmarks of a very, very decent red. Try this with Wagyu beef steak. 97 Points.”
Paul Ippolito, Sept 2020 [2019 Vintage]

“ The dark berry and spice aromas are quite seductive, leading to a long palate that is acid-fresh, balanced by fine tannins. 4 Stars.”
Winewise Magazine, Sept 2020 [2019 Vintage]

“I found this release to be more Shiraz than Syrah. Stylistically, it is a little more abrasive than those previous. This 2019 is a spicy number too. There’s plenty going on – interest is always a feature of Soumah wines. Think char, cloves, earth, red cherries, and red plums. Some bunchy feels too add pleasing savoury appeal. Time in the glass reveals cola as well. A captivating wine which fills the mouth before long ribbon of spice caps off a tidy wine. 92 Points.”
QWine, Sept 2020 [2019 Vintage]

“A youthful fruit driven style with vibrant plum aromas, cranberry-like flavours and a fine tannin profile. 3.5 Stars.”
Wine Business Magazine, Aug/Sept 2020 [2019 Vintage]

“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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