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If you need a little cheer, this is the wine for you.
Brachetto, the variety, is native to Piedmonte in Italy and is only found in tiny amounts in Australia. As few others are released as its own wine, this is a bit of a rarity. Made by the team at Soumah in the Yarra Valley who have been kicking some serious goals of late, this is a modern take on an “Old World” wine style.
Made in a refreshingly sweet but not ‘too’ sweet style, this is the kind of dessert wine we would like to see more of. For interest and just general drinking appeal, Mike Bennie awarded this 90 points and declared “Blissful drinking… Bring on the pavlova.”
What It Tastes Like
“Blissful drinking. The bottle says ‘full strength’ but it doesn’t feel that way. Sweet, sugary, but light on its feet with brisk acidity and a cool, faint trim of chalkiness in texture. It smells like a compote of red berries, maybe some minty candy, and tastes not too far off too. That being said, it sits fresh and perky in the palate, almost invigorating in its pretty, sweet way. Bring on the pavlova.” - Mike Bennie
90 points. “Rather than drink full-on dessert wines, I often look to recommend light, sweet things in the vein of moscato d’Asti or similar to recommend. Personally, I usually finish off meals with something like marc or grappa or a digestif or an amaro, but not everyone likes that. I reckon these lighter, fresher ‘dessert wine’ styles are just more friendly in Australian dining modes. Packed in 500ml bottles.
Blissful drinking. The bottle says ‘full strength’ but it doesn’t feel that way. Sweet, sugary, but light on its feet with brisk acidity and a cool, faint trim of chalkiness in texture. It smells like a compote of red berries, maybe some minty candy, and tastes not too far off too. That being said, it sits fresh and perky in the palate, almost invigorating in its pretty, sweet way. Bring on the pavlova.”
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
Delightfully still and full strength. A highly aromatic, late picked, dessert style wine with distinct notes of rose water and strawberries. This succulent wine is the perfect accompaniment with berries, fruits, dessert and soft cheese or as an aperitif.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 500mL
About the Producer
Soumah’s iconic “duck egg blue” label has become synonymous with Yarra Valley quality. They produce small amounts of high-quality Yarra Valley staple varieties including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah but one of their more interesting preoccupations is with the much talked about Savagnin grape. As they continue to push the envelope of their winemaking capabilities and drill down into the nuance to be found in clonal selection, they are steadily raising their standing amongst the best producers in the Region.
The Yarra Valley stands tall as one of the country’s finest cool-climate wine regions. Only a short jaunt from Melbourne, the Yarra has become a tourist hot-spot for its stunning scenery, high quality produce, and of course, as the home to some of the country’s most iconic wine producers. From the extraordinarily elegant Cabernets and Syrahs that populate the ‘Valley floor’, to the precise and complex versions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that hail from the higher climes of the Yarra, this region is diverse and in a state of change. As temperatures rise and phylloxera infiltrates each pocket of the Yarra Valley, the range of alternative varieties from continental Europe is sure to increase to create a more colourful picture of the region. The Yarra embodies so much of what is great about the modern Australian wine scene.
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