Country, Region: South Australia, Finniss River
95% Syrah, barrel-aged for 20 months in 300L 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.
‘The ‘V' stands for viognier, 4% of which was co-fermented with the shiraz. This - and the cool vintage - has produced the fragrance of the bouquet, red fruits joining the usually dominant black fruits. The palate, too, has a juicy elegance, making this a case book drink now or later wine. Drink by 2032.’ 95 points and Red Star for Value, James Halliday, August 2019.
‘Syrah/shiraz from the Fleurieu Peninsula south-east of Adelaide. Beautiful release. Absolutely tip top. Meaty, floral, boysenberried, ripe with plum and woodsy spice characters. Lots of body, lots of spice, fairly clear viognier influence but in a positive way. Firm-ish tannin, appropriate to the overall wine. Great value. Drink 2020-2030+.’ 94 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, March 2020.
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.