Country, Region: Austria, Krems
Appellation: Kremstal DAC
Pfaffenberg is an Erste Lage classified vineyard in Stein and one of the great Riesling vineyards of Austria. It rises dramatically and steeply straight up from the Danube, enjoying a due south aspect overlooking the river. The old weathered urgestein-based soil here is derived primarily from gneiss and granite and the vines are over 50 years old. The fruit was hand-picked, crushed and macerated for 12 hours, then cold-settled for 36 hours. Wild-yeast fermented for 10 weeks in stainless steel, then matured over winter on fine lees.
‘Light yellow-green, silver reflections. Fresh zest of lime, nuances of pineapple and peach with smoky minerality, attractive bouquet. Juicy, elegant, very good complexity, close-meshed, multi-faceted acid curve, fine salty nuances, white pome fruit on the finish, citrusy aftertaste, sure potential. 12.5% alc/vol.’ 95 points, Peter Moser, Falstaff Wine Guide, August 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.