Salomon Undhof

Salomon Undhof Kremstal, Austria.

Founded in 1792 SALOMON UNDHOF is a wine estate with a long tradition. The Salomon family own 20 hectares of vineyards which are planted with equal amounts of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner as well as a tiny amount of ‘Gelber Traminer’ on the best terraced sites along the Danube River in Stein and Krems. Today Bert and Gertrud Salomon run the winery.

The famous Riesling of the estate thrives on the top sites of Kögl and Pfaffenberg. The Grüner Veltliner Von Stein comes from the steep terrassed hills behind the old town of Stein. The best “loess” soils provide the Lindberg and Wachtberg Grüner Veltliner. All the grapes are harvested traditionally by hand only. Their great vineyard locations and meticulous work in the vineyards are prerequisites for their elegant wines. Wines with finesse and perfect mineral balance reflect the very special micro climate of this lovely river valley.

Matching each grape variety with the right soil and climate has always been the main focus of Salomon’s Viticultural efforts. The loamy soils offer optimum conditions for Grüner Veltliner, while the Riesling from Undhof thrives on primary rock soils in the single vineyards ‘Kögl’ and ‘Pfaffenberg’. These are soils identical with those of the Wachau, which borders on Stein in the west.  The Estate’s Grüner Veltliner and Riesling distinguish themselves through elegance and consistency.

‘Bert Salomon is on a roll, having over the past several years achieved increasingly consistent and impressive results at what was already among the Kremstal’s longstanding best addresses, not to mention among the area’s historical leaders and earliest estate-bottlers of Riesling.’ 
David Schildknecht, Vinous, November 2015.

‘Salomon’s 2016s are gorgeous in their clear and balanced fruit and terroir expression. They are fresh, firmly structured and will drink over a period of 15 to 20 years. The 2015s are very rich and creamy … As ripe, concentrated and structured as they are, the mouth-filling 2015s will age very well too.’
Stephan Reinhardt, RobertParker.com, September 2017.

2013  Riesling Alma (amphora) (Stelvin)
‘Fermented in three Georgian amphoras, de-stemmed and whole-berry fermented (that is, with their skins and seeds). It’s the 2012 Alma Riesling, subtitled “Drei Amphoren”. I found it a clean, well-made riesling without any feral notes, with lovely varietal perfumes and no excess tannin grip. Indeed, the fine, soft texture is a highlight.  Coming from high altitude terraces in Stein and Krems. This elegant dry white wine has a lovely bouquet of fine citrus and fresh herbs.’

2015 Riesling Steinterrassen Kremstal DAC (Stelvin)
‘This displays some of what Riesling and Grüner Veltliner can share with one another and with Sauvignon in the 2015 vintage. Honeydew melon, lime, green apple and white currant deliver a pungent nose and a tangy, invigorating palate impression. Drink 2017+.’ 87 points, David Schildknecht, Vinous, February 2017.

2016 Grüner Veltliner Wieden Kremstal DAC (Stelvin)
Encircled by a massive property wall, the Wieden vineyard adjoins the winery. Vines from the Wieden old Gruner Veltliner rootstocks have also been planted on the terraces of the neighbouring Kreuzberg vineyard and this wine is a blend of the two sites.

‘Croutons, sea salt, coriander and dill as well as light pomelo define the nose here. Medium-bodied with fresh acidity and a fruity finish. Drink now. Screw cap.’ 91 points, Stuart Piggott, JamesSuckling.com, October 2017.

2015 Riesling Undhof Kögl 1ÖTW Kremstal DAC (Stelvin)
A south facing terraced single vineyard in Stein composed of heavily weathered Urgestein with crystalline schist.

‘From the Steiner monopole on crystalline bedrock soils, the classic 2015 Riesling Undhof Kögl 1ÖTW offers a pure and mineral but also contracted lemon bouquet with dusty aromas of crushed wet stones. Full-bodied, fresh and elegant on the palate, this is a lean and mineral but also dense, intense and persistent Riesling full of energy and finesse. It is a cool Riesling classic from Stein with lots of salt and tension. The alcohol of 13% comes along rather moderate. This is surely a long-distance runner that should be aged for several years. Harvested in the last week of October and in the first week of November. Drink 2022-2040.’ 93 points, Stephan Reinhardt, RobertParker.com, September 2017.

2015 Grüner Veltliner Von Stein Kremstal DAC Reserve (Stelvin)
South-facing steep primary rock terraces in Stein with old vines of 70 years and more.

‘The 2015 Grüner Veltliner Von Stein has a clear, intense, spicy/peppery bouquet of ripe, bright fruits. Full-bodied, clear and elegant, this is a pure and spicy yet rich and fruit-intense Grüner Veltliner from Krems-Stein. It is lush and aromatic, well structured by fine tannins and finishes with good phenolic grip and the crystalline character of the Stein terroir. This is an excellent wine that can age for 15 years and more. Drink 2018-2032.’ 92 points, David Schildknecht, Vinous, November 2015.

2013 Grüner Veltliner Von Stein Kremstal DAC Reserve (Stelvin)
‘Reflecting 50+-year-old vineyards rooted, as its name suggests, in Urgestein terraces above Stein, here is one of the richest, most deeply concentrated yet also dynamic Grüner Veltliners to have emerged in recent times from the Undhof. Surprisingly sweetly ripe peach and pear mingle with more varietally typical blond tobacco and rhubarb on a lush, satiny yet vibrantly invigorating palate. Bitter-sweet floral perfume catches the attention and then wafts across the palate, where maritime salinity stimulates the salivary glands. The finish displays a veritable peacock’s tail of shimmering stony, alkaline mineral nuances and rich fruit and herbal essences. Drink 2015-2035.’ 94 points, David Schildknecht, Vinous, November 2015.

2011 Grüner Veltliner Von Stein Kremstal DAC Reserve magnum (Stelvin)

2015 Riesling Steiner Kögl 1ÖTW Kremstal DAC Reserve (Stelvin)
South-terrace single vineyard in Stein, heavily weathered Urgestein with crystalline shist. This wine comes from the very old vines in this vineyard, 50 years and more.

‘The 2015 Riesling Steiner Kögl 1ÖTW is the old vine Reserve version from this classified Erste ÖTW Lage that is always picked late, normally not before November. The 2015 is a blockbuster Riesling! Even in 2015 (as again in 2016) the old vines were not harvested before the second and third week of November. The wine starts with an intense citrus color and corresponding intense lemon-scented bouquet with flinty aromas of crushed and weathered primary rocks. Rich and round on the palate, not fully dry but concentrated and piquant, this is a full-bodied, generous and powerful Riesling with firm tannins and good grip on the finish. It needs probably a decade to settle and gain finesse. Drink 2025-2032.’ 92 points, Stephan Reinhardt, RobertParker.com, September 2017.

2013 Riesling Pfaffenberg 1ÖTW Kremstal DAC Reserve (Stelvin)
Steep terraces, south facing single vineyard, overlooking the Danube. The hard weathered stone soil on the Pfaffenberg is composed primarily of gneiss and granite. This wine comes from the very old wines in this vineyard, 50 years and more and includes fruit from part of the Pfaffenberg vineyard that the Salomons farm for the Metternich family and for many years bottled separately.

‘Enticing, pungent aromas of white peach, pine nuts and lemon zest. Rich and pure, with flavors of quince and sage enlivened by subtle minerality. Finishes dense, with enticing mineral and spice notes, this old-vines Riesling is certainly one of the stars of the vintage. Drink 2015-2025.’ 93 points, Joel B. Payne, Vinous, September 2015.

1977 Muskat Library Reserve (Cork)
Museum reserve – shipped direct from the Salomon museum stock in the cellars in Krems.

NV Riesling vom Kogl Eau de Vie (350ml)
Clear Brandy distilled from Riesling skins from the Kogl vineyard (vino-lok closure).

NV   Wachauer Marille Eau de Vie (350ml)
Clear Brandy distilled from Wachau apricots (vino-lok closure).

Marc Gelber Traminer Eau de Vie (350ml)
Clear Brandy distilled from Gelber Traminer skins (vino-lok closure).