Soumah ‘Upper Ngumby Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 2019
Pinot Noir is a very selective grape. It does not like the heat but likes the sun. It likes to be on well drained soils, so not good on flat landscapes. It likes warm days but more important, cooler nights. It is so demanding that only a few Australian regions can aspire to produce Pinot Noir of any pedigree. The Yarra Valley has attained that status over the decades and we have set out to support that reputation with selecting small patches of older wines from various Single Vineyard sites from across the Valley.
The Upper Ngumby vineyard is near 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 clones coupled with the 115 clone produce a Pinot with restraint, displaying a spicy frame of savoury red fruits and crushed leaf. Wild cherries and fragrant herbs blend well on the palate and are supported by new oak definition and soft tannins.