Savagnin by Soumah
Another Saturday another wine... This time it's a Savagnin from the Yarra Valley made by Soumah. To skip past my nerd out and get to the review scroll to the bottom
The Yarra Valley is a large and diverse region located in Victoria Australia. It is Victoria's first wine growing region dating back to 1838, the Ryrie brothers planted the first vines in Victoria at Yering Station.
Located 45km east of the Melbourne CBD. The Yarra Valley is comprised of the upper regions surrounding the Yarra river.
This cool climate region is well known for producing high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The region is divided into 2 distinct sub-regions. The Valley Floor and the Upper Yarra.
Lower lying end of the region with altitudes ranging 50-80m above sea level. It encompasses the towns of Lilydale, Yarra Glen and Healesville.
In Yarra Glen there are pockets of granite, Lilydale has limestone soils. The area is predominantly grey soils.
The gentle rolling hills of the region are slighter warmer than other parts.
The southern side of the valley, includes the towns of Seville, Warburton and Hoddles Creek which is quickly becoming known as a premium grape growing area.
The soils found here are younger, fertile and red.
Vineyards are located up to 400m above sea level. Increased elevation and south-westerly winds after March create a cooler climate ideal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.
Soumah - The Winery and The Vineyard
Soumah produce Yarra Valley staples such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. They are also doing awesome things with the grape Savagnin.
At Soumah they practise “lutte raisonnée” (reasoned fight). It is based upon reducing synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. All these chemicals overtime degrade the soil and weaken the vine.
Located in Gruyere, a premium wine region behind Coldstream. This area is home to some of the most iconic Yarra Valley wines such as Yarra Yering.
Back to Soumah… on average their vines are reaching 120m above sea level. Vines are planted on grey sandy loam soil that have great water retention abilities helping to protect the vines during the summer.
During the day the temperature rises slowly and nights benefit from cool temperatures. This allows grapes to retain acidity, mature slowly and maintain a pure flavour profile.Their Chief winemaker is Scott McCarthy and spreading the love in the vineyards is Tim Brown.
Savagnin – Only recently has this grape made an appearance but it still is a fairly obscure variety to majority of wine consumers. In 2009 the wine world discovered their Albarino vines were in fact Savagnin, rumoured there was a mix up with plant material coming from Spain via France.
Savagnin has its spiritual home in the Jura region in France where it is famous for its local treasures Vin Jaune. and Vin de Paille.
When made conventionally the variety producers whites that are crisp with citrus dominant aromas and often some tropical fruits. It has a good acid line with a medium body - not too far from Riesling but a little more textural oomph
Finally the wine!
Soumah Wild Savagnin 2015
First let’s get all technical
This drop was pressed into barrels with 100% solids. The wild yeast fermentation, 9 months of oak maturation has given this wine some edge. It’s different and not your bog standard Savagnin. The wine has aromas of fresh dough sprinkled with coconut, grated lemon skin and ripe green pear. It’s quite textural, it has a pinch of grip and zippy acidity.
This particular expression of Savagnin has some weight and is slightly textural - If you like Chardonnay you should break out and try something new… like this!
Happy drinking fellow wineos !