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Salomon Undhof Riesling Kögl 1ÖTW Kremstal DAC 2016 375ml

Salomon Undhof Riesling Kögl 1ÖTW Kremstal DAC 2016 375ml

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Variety: Riesling
Country, Region: Austria, Krems
Appellation: Kremstal DAC

Kögl is an Erste Lage classified vineyard in Stein, with a steeply terraced, due south aspect and is composed of heavily weathered urgestein, particularly rich in crystalline schist.

'This represents the less expensive and marginally lighter-weight of two bottlings from the Steiner Kögl but is the better of these in vintage 2016. (Salomon referred to this bottling simple as “Kögl” and to its sibling as “Steiner Kögl.” But from 2017, regulations will require that both wines be labeled “Steiner Kögl.”) A prominent suggestion of stone, smoke and salt emerges on the nose, and that mineral dominance, taken together with textural firmness, makes for a certain sense of austerity. But cooling green herbal aromas and a juicy influx of white peach and Meyer lemon ameliorate the austerity, while piquancy of pits and seeds is stimulatingly integrated into a mouthwateringly saline, brightly and refreshingly lingering finish. A model of clarity and of concentration that doesn’t sacrifice poise, this should be a fascinating bottling to follow. Drink 2018-2026.' 92 points, David Schildknecht, Vinous, October 2018.

'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.

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