Salomon Estate Finniss River, South Australia
Salomon Estate wines are produced off a single property in Finniss River, a sub region of Adelaide Hills, which extends along the southern region of the Feurieu Peninsula, about 20km southeast of McLaren Vale. The soils are typically gravel and sand over red and orange sandstone and the vineyard falls gently away towards the northwest providing ideal exposure, warm days ensure ripe fruit flavours while the cooling breezes which roll off the Southern Ocean in the late-afternoon ensure excellent acid retention. Here, Australian robustness meets European elegance in a most convincing fashion.
Salomon Estate was founded in 1995, originating from great ideas and passions. The first being the love for the landscape around Bert Salomon´s Finniss River. Second, Bert´s wife Gertrud´s enjoyment of great red wines and last but not least the enthusiasm both share for diverse cultures.
Bert and Gertrud Salomon are full-time travelers when it comes to wine. In Austria’s Kremstal region on the Danube they manage their seventh-generation family estate, Salomon Undhof. Then once vintage is complete in the northern hemisphere, they fly south to Australia to manage Salomon Estate.
2016 The Verve 50% Syrah & 50% Mataro from Fleurieu Peninsula given 42 days skin contact to enable bottling with lower S02. Soft and juicy.
2014 Fleurieu Peninsula Shiraz Viognier
95% Syrah, barrel-aged for 20 months in 300-liter hogsheads (primarily French oak, with a small percentage of American oak).
A cuvée in the tradition of the northern Rhone Côte-Rôtie region. A deep ruby hue with a bouquet of floral tones, dark berries, tobacco, and soft leather. A lush fruitiness on the palette, with well-meshed tannins. A wine with depth and the utmost elegance, finely fruity and complex in finish. This wine blooms when decanted.
2014 Finniss River Braeside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, matured for 18 months in 300l hogsheads (50% new), the oak substantially French, with a small proportion of American. Australian richness combined with elegant Cassis notes. Deep red in color, with a expressive aroma. Fine, concentrated blueberry and blackcurrant on the palate, with hints of dark chocolate. Well-structured and velvety, with fine tannins and a long, nuanced finish.
‘You get strong fruit flavour but you also get subtle notes of leaf. Plenty of heft but not at the expense of varietal character, or nuance. This is dense with blackcurrant, saltbush and eucalypt flavour, its oak apparent but neatly applied. Tannin churns away in the background. You’d back this is for a long life in the cellar, cork permitting. It’s a booming, brooding red but also a well-mannered one.’ 92+ points, Winefront, August 2017.
2013 Finniss River Sea Eagle Vineyard Shiraz
100% Shiraz, matured for 18 months in 300l hogsheads (50% new), the oak substantially French, with a small proportion of American.
‘Glass-staining ruby. Pungent, smoke-tinged scents of black currant, cherry compote, licorice and dark chocolate, joined by a sexy floral note that builds in the glass. Supple and pliant in the mouth, offering densely packed dark fruit and spicecake flavors and a touch of vanilla. Opens up steadily on the impressively long finish, which features harmonious tannins and a late jolt of bitter cherry. Drink 2018-2024.’ 92 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2017.
The highest portion of the vineyard and the best barrels, bottled separately from the Finniss River Shiraz bottling. Matured in 100% new French oak for 18 months.
‘Tasted blind. Bright mid crimson. Straightforward ripe, herbal Syrah on the nose. Treacle toffee and some sweetness. A little demanding at the moment but a creditable offering. Appetising. Definitely northern Rhône. Clean and fresh with attractively sweet flesh. Drink 2016-2026.’ 18 points, Jancis Robinson MW.