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.
Explosive aromas of wild herbs and flowers. The stunning concentration and radical structure make this dry riesling masterpiece stand out in the crowd of excellent wines from the Danube regions in 2021. So much depth at the driving finish, but it also manages to be elegant and very precise. Drink or hold. 96 points, jamessuckling.com, Sept. 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. 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.