Soumah of Yarra Valley Savarro 2016

What crosses my mind when reviewing a wine are questions such as "Is this the best wine of this particular variety in Australia?" and "Is it value for money?" 

Soumah has named its single vineyard Savagnin as Savarro, a recognition of the ancient variety's original name and homeland in the Bolzano region of northern Italy. It has gone by other pseudonyms since, some of our wineries even getting in on the act with names such as Savinno from Dalfarras, Sentio Wines' Blanc and the quirkily-branded Girl Talk from Tscharke.

Grown at the Hexham vineyard on the Warramate Foothills in the cool climate of the Yarra Valley, the Savarro has picked up a swag of trophies and medals at wineshows since its first vintage, the latest a Silver Medal at the AAVWS in 2015.

The duck egg blue label is visually very impressive and informative. Good start.
Pale straw colours in the glass with green tinges around the edges.
The bouquet presents with a clean, fresh fragrance of melon, pear and lemon with hints of grass and fresh ginger adding interest.

Textural palate has surprisingly some weight to it with nashi pear, lemon and minerals with a slight oily Gris-like quality to the mid-palate and a chalky minerality on the back. Super fresh and balanced wine that tastes really good. Dry, spicy mineral finish with flavours that persist and that are drawn out by tangy lemon acids.

It is one of the best Australian Savarro/Savagnin wines on the market that I've tasted. Quality, a little pizzaz, good value for money and a standout food wine to boot. Can't recommend it highly enough.

Source: Sample courtesy of Soumah of Yarra Valley. ABV: 13.0%. Closure: Screw Cap. 
Price: $29.00. Rating: 93+ Points. Website:

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