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.
‘Bright in color and aromas, the 2019 Ried Pfaffenberg 1ÖTW Stein Riesling Alte Reben is intense, perfectly ripe and concentrated on the nose, with white vineyard peach and leafy aromas and finely spicy notes. Fruit-intense and dense on the palate, this is a concentrated, piquant and juicy wine with texture and structure and a long and aromatic finish. A classic that can go a long distance. 13.5% alcohol. Tasted at the domain in June 2021. Drink 2021-2051.’ 95 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, December 2021.
‘Light yellow green, silver reflexes. Tender orange aroma, a hint of blossom honey, mineral touch. Juicy, yellow tropical fruit, fine acid arch, extract sweetener reverberation, tender after pineapple in the finish, good length, good cellaring potential. 13.5% alc/vol.’ 95 points, Peter Moser, Falstaff Wine Guide, July 2020.
'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. 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.