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 beautiful riesling shows a delicate balance between mineral tension and flowery aromatics. Bright lemons, limes, cardamom, green apples and stoney terraces come into view. Very edgy and pure on the palate, the acidity laying down crystal-clear boundaries between the bright citrus fruit and light softness to the texture. Drink or hold.' 94 points, Stuart Pigott, James Suckling, September 2019.
'From vines 30-50 years old that were picked in early October, Salomon's 2018 Riesling Ried Kögl 1ÖTW is clear, fresh and concentrated on the apricot and white peach (chutney) nose that intermixes with subtle floral and flinty aromas. Intense and elegant on the palate, this is a perfectly ripe and lush, remarkably balanced Riesling classic from a very warm vintage. Well structured, the finish is pure, salty-piquant and reveals lovely grip and tension as well as stimulating salinity, while the fleshy fruit remains. Highly attractive and with excellent aging potential. Tasted twice in September 2019. Drink 2021-2040.' 93 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, September 2019.
'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.