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Soumah, Yarra Valley Pinot NoirVictoria, Australia 2019 (750mL)

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Soumah, Yarra Valley Pinot Noir Victoria, Australia 2019 (750mL)

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There are innumerable combinations of grape and place in the vast world of wine, and while we strive to give them all a platform, some deserve to be recurring characters. When we tasted Soumah’s new vintage a few weeks ago, it became abundantly clear that Yarra Valley’s exquisite Pinot Noirs need to be given their proper recognition and due!  


Truthfully, we haven’t offered anything from this Antipodean region since debuting Soumah’s first stateside vintage two years ago. That’s a major omission on our part because Yarra Valley is one of the best-kept secrets in wine, an untapped source of full-throated New World aromatics married to sinewy, cool-climate structure. Today’s perfectly sculpted 2019 goes a long way in making up for our oversight, as it offers more pleasure than most New Zealand, California, or Oregon Pinot Noirs we can think of at this price point. Explosively perfumed and overflowing with crunchy, energized fruit, this insanely delicious juice makes a convincing argument that the Yarra Valley deserves a regular slot in your drinking rotation!




The Yarra Valley is in the state of Victoria in Australia’s far southeastern corner, just outside of Melbourne. Whatever you’re looking for, Victoria probably has it. Burgundian Pinot and Chardonnay grow happily alongside Viognier and Grenache; Nebbiolo rubs shoulders with Cabernet; and the obscure Jura specialty Savagnin claims more vineyard space than you’d imagine. There’s a sense of freedom here, the feeling that producers can do what they please. Take Soumah: less than 30 years old, their small team focuses almost exclusively on vineyard work, (correctly) believing it to be the true source of great wine. They farm sustainably, experiment with multi-vintage soleras of Savagnin, and turn out scintillating Pinot Noir at truly humble prices. 


Soumah’s location is key. High off the valley floor, on well-drained sandy loam soils, they possess stellar sites prime for harnessing Southern Hemisphere sun while experiencing massive day-to-night temperature swings. If your first thought when you hear about Australian Pinot Noir is “too hot,” consider this: it may be hotter than Burgundy, but the Yarra Valley is actually colder than Bordeaux!


The Pinot Noir for Soumah’s “Select Vineyard” was harvested from two parcels: “Hexham” and “Upper Ngumby.” In the cellar, the grapes fermented (5% whole-cluster) in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, and the resulting wine was transferred into 20% new oak barrels, both barriques and puncheons, for just under one year. 


In the glass, Soumah’s 2019 Pinot Noir is a vivid ruby with magenta tones. The huge nose erupts with pure notes of ripe red raspberry, sweet Bing cherry, boysenberry, rose petals, cola spice, mint, eucalyptus, and a warm undertone of baking spices. The palate is luscious, broad, and layered in that sweetly-fruited Pinot way, quickly enlivened by a zip of cooling menthol, mineral savor, and damp earth. The acidity is medium-plus, keeping things fresh and crunchy as the brilliant, juicy red fruit rings through the finish for what seems like ages. After having this wine, we’ll never let Yarra fall off our radar again, and neither will you! Enjoy at 60 degrees in Burgundy stems over the next 2-3 years. 






Soumah, Yarra Valley Pinot Noir Victoria, Australia 2019 - SommSelect

  • CountryAustralia
  • RegionVictoria
  • Sub-RegionYarra Valley
  • SoilSandy Clay Loam
  • FarmingSustainable
  • BlendPinot Noir
  • Alcohol13.5%
  • OakFrench Barriques & Puncheons, 20% New

  • CountryAustralia
  • RegionVictoria
  • Sub-RegionYarra Valley
  • SoilSandy Clay Loam
  • FarmingSustainable
  • BlendPinot Noir
  • Alcohol13.5%
  • OakFrench Barriques & Puncheons, 20% New
  • Temp.Serve at 60° F
  • GlasswareBurgundy Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2024
  • DecantingOptional
  • PairingGrilled Cedar Plank Salmon