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.
Dry White Wine
2013 “Alma” Riesling amphora (stelvin closure)
“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.”
Kremstal DAC & single vineyards
2014 Güner Veltliner ‘Wieden & Berg’
Encircled by a massive property wall the Weiden vineyard is adjoining the winery. Vines from the Weiden old Gruner-Veltliner rootstocks have been planted on the terraces of the neighbouring Kreuzberg vineyard. A wine with supple mouthfeel and lush texture with hints of yellow peach.
2013 Riesling ‘Undhof Kogl’
A south facing terraced single vineyard in Stein composed of heavily weathered Urgestein with crystalline schist. Typically floral and stone fruit driven Riesling, with great finesse, refined white peach. Very elegant wine with lovely length.
2012 Riesling ‘Pfaffenberg’
The hard weathered stone soil on the Pfaffenberg is composed primarily of gneiss and granite. A highly focused wine with ripe stone-fruit aromas and immense underlying mineral structure.
2013 Grüner Veltliner ‘Von Stein’ Reserve (available in 750ml – stelvin closure)
South-facing steep primary rock terraces in Stein with old vines of 50 years and more. A delicious zesty Gruner Veltliner, distinctly mineral-rich at first taste. A closely meshed mouthfeel and substantial structure, with fine fruit extracts. The ripe stone fruit flavor dominates the long finish. “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. 94’” David Schildknecht Vinous Media Nov 2015
2012 Grüner Veltliner ‘Von Stein’ Reserve (available in 750ml – stelvin closure)
“A lovely nose of sweet pea, roasted red beet, lentil sprout and pear in the Undhof 2012 Gruner Veltliner Von Stein Reserve anticipates the balance of sweetly-ripe fruit and in no way under-ripe vegetal and nutty elements that dominate on a glycerol-rich and expansive yet not at all weighty palate.”
2011 Riesling ‘Steiner Kogl’ Reserve (stelvin closure)
South-facing single vineyard in Stein with old vines of 50 years and more. A rich though elegant Riesling that offers powerful minerality. Ages spectacularly well.
2011 Grüner Veltliner ‘Von Stein’ Reserve – 15000ml Stelvin
South-facing steep primary rock terraces in Stein with old vines of 50 years and more. A delicious zesty Gruner Veltliner, distinctly mineral-rich at first taste. A closely meshed mouthfeel and substantial structure, with fine fruit extracts. The ripe stone fruit flavor dominates the long finish.
2011 Riesling ‘Pfaffenberg Metternich & Salomon’ Reserve
South-facing steep terraces overlooking the Danube. The hard weathered stone soil in the Pfaffenberg is composed primarily off gneiss and granite with old vines of 50+ yo. A fully ripe bouquet of Riesling with intense stone fruit characteristics. Great complexity and structure with real mineral depth .
1995 Beerenauslese Riesling 375ml (cork closure)
NV Riesling vom Kogl (BRANDY) 350ml clear Brandy made from Riesling skins from the Kogl vineyard (vino-lok closure)
NV Wachauer Marille (BRANDY) 350ml clear Brandy made from Wachau apricots (vino-lok closure)