2018 Salomon Undhof Von Den Terrassen Kremstal RieslingRiesling from Austria
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Fraternal twins Bert and Fay Salomon are the 9th generation to take over their family’s historic winery, a pillar of quality in the Wachau Valley since 1792. One of the oldest ...
Fraternal twins Bert and Fay Salomon are the 9th generation to take over their family’s historic winery, a pillar of quality in the Wachau Valley since 1792. One of the oldest family-owned wineries in Austria, they were the first to export their wines to the United States in the 1930s and are founding members of the Traditionsweingüter Österreich, the group tasked with classifying Austria’s most important vineyards in a system resembling that of Burgundy. Salomon’s top vineyard sites, perched on south-facing terraces along the Danube River, are all designated Erste Lage ÖTW, or Grand Cru, which might please the Capuchin Monks who planted them should they have lived long enough to find out. Like their father, Bert Salomon Sr., Fay and Bert believe that great wines are made from living soils and don’t wear makeup.
The path to a beautiful bottle is through meticulous, environmentally conscious care in the vineyard and thoughtful work in the cellar. Cover crops are grown between rows to maintain vital soils and encourage biodiversity, and under-vine management is done manually, without the use of sprays (there has been no use of herbicides in more than a decade). Sheep’s wool is hung to repel hungry deer from the nearby forrest, and natural pheromones are used to prevent destruction by a local butterfly. The wine is handled gently in the cellar – not manipulated, but rather protected – as it reaches toward a pure expression of its time and place. The Salomons farm 30 hectares of vines in and around Stein in the Kremstal DAC, almost all of it Grüner Veltliner from deep loess soil and Riesling from primary rock terraces.
The Salomon Undhof 'Von Den Terrassen' is from the younger Riesling vines, up to 25 years old, planted on gneiss terraces. Harvested by hand and fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts.
|Taste||apple, pear, peach, apricot and honey|
|Nose||petrol, flint, rose petal, violet, orange peel, apple, pear and peach|