Country, Region: South Australia, Finniss River
The highest portion of the vineyard and the best barrels, bottled separately from the Finniss River Shiraz bottling and only released in very limited quantities in exceptional years. Matured in 100% new French oak for 18 months though in style is more reminiscent of an old school northern Rhone Syrah.
'Tasted blind. Very dark blackish ruby. The nose suggests this might be the French one? Firm and spicy. Slightly sweet, so perhaps not French. Very fine and glossy textured. There’s a real finesse here. Excellent balance and not as exaggerated as the one I suspect is Grange.' 18 points, Jancis Robinson M.W., November 2018.
Bert and Gertrud Salomon are full-time travellers 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.
Salomon Estate was founded in 1995, originating from great ideas and passions. The first being Bert and Gertrud’s love for the landscape around the Finniss River vineyard. Second, their enjoyment of great red wines and last but not least the enthusiasm they both have for diverse cultures.
The wines here are produced off a single property located on the Finniss River, about 20km southeast of McLaren Vale, where the Adelaide Hills run into the Fleurieu Peninsula. 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.