2016 Soumah Hexham Vineyard Chardonnay

Region:Yarra Valley , VIC

Style:Medium Bodied


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**Best Wine in Show** - 2017 ICCWS

RRP $38.00


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For those who seek taught, finely boned Chardonnay of balance and precision, this will satisfy your thirst. The 2016 Soumah Hexham Chardonnay was grown on a small portion of the Soumah vineyard in the Gruyere sub-region of the Yarra Valley. It's built to be a leaner style than many from the region, particularly from the warmer and earlier than usual 2016 vintage. It was picked early, treated gently, every effort taken in the winery by Scott McCarthy to maintain the elegance and finesse of a true premium Chardonnay style. This was the champion wine at the 2017 International Cool Climate Wine Show, taking out three trophies in its triumphant outing.

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"It’s an austere style. Minimalist. It’s highly enclosed and reductive with pure grapefruit, steel and subtle lactose/woodsmoke characters showing the barest of glimpses. It’s white wine as origami, its arms and legs folded in on themselves. It’s either too clever by halves or highly sophisticated; you have to sit with it and decide for yourself. Winemaker Scott McCarthy says he’s looking to make chardonnay with “great pristine fruit flavours, fine acid, oak, light creaminess. It all has to be there, but all in moderation and in the lightest wine possible”. The wine embodies the intension. I’m sitting on the fence a little." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)


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