Country, Region: South Australia, Finniss River
100% Viognier from Fleurieu Peninsula de-stemmed and crushed, fermented in terracotta amphorae, with 45 days on skins, followed by 6 months maturation on fine lees in stainless steel. 13.5 % alc/vol.
Review for the 2019 vintage: ’Chewy, tight and chalky, lean in a way but great in that respect too. Dried apricot, mandarin, blood orange characters here and all of this shot through with a kind of garrigue and white pepper character. It’s an intriguing, wonderful, delicious wine of great personality and finesse. Yes thanks.’ 94 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, August 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.