Country, Region: Austria, Krems
Appellation: Kremstal DAC
Ried Kögl is produced from the older vines (> 50 years) on the Stein side of the Kögl vineyard that straddles the Stein/Krems border.
Kögl is an Erste Lage classified vineyard overlapping the border between Krems and Stein, with a steeply terraced, due south aspect. The soil here is heavily weathered urgestein, particularly rich in crystalline shale. Hand-picked, crushed and macerated for 12 hours, then cold-settled for 48 hours. Wild-yeast fermented for 5 weeks in stainless steel, matured over winter on fine lees and bottled in June 2022.
Bright green-yellow, silver reflections. Something like pineapple, mineral touch, blossom honey, yellow plum, passion fruit, dense bouquet. Multi-faceted, juicy, balanced and sweet with apricot extract, powerful, sticks well, reliable ripening potential, complex accompaniment to food, great representative of the variety. 97 points, Peter Moser, Falstaff Wine Guide, October 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.