Variety: Grüner Veltliner
Country, Region: Austria, Krems
Appellation: Kremstal DAC
Lindberg is an Erste Lage classified terraced vineyard in Krems with a due south aspect. The soil here is dominated by fine loess in the topsoil, overlaying primary rock. From 70+ year-old vines, hand-picked, macerated for 3 hours, then whole-bunch pressed and cold-settled for 36 hours. Wild-yeast fermented for 9 weeks in stainless steel, matured over winter on fine lees and bottled in June 2022.
‘Medium green-yellow, silver reflections. Subtle scent of ripe tropical fruit, delicate peach, a little tobacco, quince, a hint of lemon balm, multi-faceted bouquet. Juicy, complex, extract-sweet of pineapple, acidity rich in finesse, stays in the mouth very well, floral aftertaste, multi-layered style, light-footed finish, definite potential for development.’ 97 points, Peter Moser, Falstaff Wine Guide, October 2022.
'Salomon Undhof is a flagship of Austrian wine history ... White wines from some of the best Grand Cru sites along the Danube have been produced here for 230 years, including well-known vineyards such as Ried Steiner Kögl, Ried Pfaffenberg, Ried Wachtberg or Ried Lindberg. 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, October 2022.
Founded in 1792 Salomon Undhof is a wine estate with a long tradition, having recently celebrated its 230th anniversary. The Salomon family own 20 hectares of vineyards in the Kremstal wine region, around the towns of Stein and Krems on the Danube River, about an hour’s drive west of Vienna. The estate’s vineyards are planted to equal amounts of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner, along with a tiny amount of Gelber Traminer. Today Bert and Gertrude are passing the baton to the 9th generation of Salomons in Bert Jr and Fanny Marie.
The super-fine, compacted loess on the terraces above Krems provide optimum growing conditions for Grüner Veltliner and the Erste Lage (Premier Cru) vineyard of Lindberg is a Salomon flagship, made in an intense and complex DAC Reserve style. Adjacent to the winery, on the sandier alluvial flats nearer the river, the Wieden vineyard provides a stylistic counterpoint: a classic, spicy and stimulating rendition of Grüner.
Riesling on the other hand thrives on soils derived from urgestein, or primary rock, which are found in abundance around the town of Stein, this part of Kremstal being a geological extension of the Wachau to the west. Here lies the renowned Erste Lage of Pfaffenberg, its gneiss and granite terroir rising dramatically above the Danube. Further up the steeply terraced cliffs sits another great Erste Lage, that of Kögl, which overlaps the border between the towns of Krems and Stein. Here though the terroir is based on shale and slate and it’s this fascinating mix of terroirs that makes the wines of Salomon Undhof so compelling.