Variety: Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Gelber Muskateller, Müller Thurgau, Sauvignon Blanc.
Country, Region: Austria, Krems
Appellation: Kremstal DAC
‘Gemischter Satz’ translates to ‘Mixed Set’ in English and refers to the practice of growing several varieties in the one vineyard and then harvesting them all together. The fruit is then pressed as one parcel and fermented together, producing a wine that in English we would call a field blend. The significance here though is that this was common practice in Austria for many centuries. Although it never completely died out, the process is actively being revived today, particularly in the wine regions around Vienna. Salomon began producing Fünferl (a ‘fiver’) with the 2016 vintage.
The 2020 Fünferl is a blend of Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Gelber Muskateller, Müller Thurgau and Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit is harvested and pressed together, then cool-fermented in stainless steel.
'A fresh and lively dry white that’s easy drinking and has some nice herbal and apple character. A beautifully made, everyday wine. Drink now.' 89 points, Stuart Pigott, James Suckling, October 2021.
'Salomon Undhof is a figurehead of the Austrian wine history. White wines have been produced here from some of the best ‘Grand Cru’ locations along the Danube for 225 years. Well-known vineyards like Steiner Kögl, Pfaffenberg, Lindberg or Wachtberg … Thanks to Bert Salomon, the winery today mainly stands for excellent dry Rieslings and Grüner Veltliner - long-lasting, elegant wines for which the house is famous.' Peter Moser, Falstaff Wine Guide, August 2018.
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, seventh generation Dr Bert Salomon and his wife Gertrud are the custodians of almost 230 years of winemaking history.
Matching each grape variety with the right soil and climate has always been the main focus of Salomon’s viticultural efforts. Loess soils offer optimum conditions for the Grüner Veltliner planted on the Lindberg Erste Lage site, while the urgestein (primary rock) soils in the Erste Lage vineyards of Kögl and Pfaffenberg are ideally suited to Riesling. These are the same soils as those of the Wachau, which borders Stein to the west.
All the grapes are harvested traditionally by hand only. These great vineyard locations coupled with meticulous work in both the vineyards and the winery result in a range of wines with great power and complexity, yet with lovely finesse and a striking mineral personality.