SOUMAH U. Ngumby Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley
Soumah aims to support the Yarra Valley’s reputation for Pinot Noir by selecting small patches of older vines from single vineyard sites from across the Valley. The Upper Ngumby Vineyard is at Yarra Glen, sloping gently east. It is protected from the late afternoon sun by the Christmas Hills rising up to the west. The older MV6 clone vines coupled with the 115 clone produce a Pinot with restraint, typically displaying a spicy frame of savoury red fruits and crushed leaf. Wild cherries and fragrant herbs combine on the palate and are supported by (around 25%) new oak definition and soft tannins.
The vineyard, in Yarra Glen, slopes east and is protected from the afternoon sun. It's a blend of MV6 and 115 clones, wild-fermented and matured in French oak (27% new) for 12 months. It's a supremely elegant wine, with a full suite of red fruit/pomegranate flavours and silky tannins. Pure joy. It may be a while before we have another vintage as good as '17.
95 points, Wine Companion (Decemeber 2018)
Yarra ValleyThe Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.