Salomon Estate

The popular perception of Australia’s reds (jammy, soft, huge) stands in stark contrast to that of Austria’s whites (lean, muscular, piercing) so what on earth convinced Bertold Salomon of Austria’s Undhof-Salomon Estate to begin producing wine so far from home? Diversification of assets? Tax evasion? Corporate re-shuffling? No, it was history – a branch of his family emigrated to Australia over 100 years ago, and Bert was just bringing it back together. The Finniss river site, 25 miles South of McLaren Vale, was chosen because of its temperate climate (halfway between Coonawarra and McLaren Vale in degree days), long ripening season and location near the Boar’s Rock winery of ex-Penfolds red wine maker Mike Farmilo (yes, he was responsible for Grange). The initial releases are made at Boar’s Rock.

Available Wines

Salomon Estate 2001 Finniss River Shiraz

It is gratifying to see that, after just a few years of production, the Finniss River Shiraz has been recognized by the press as standing amongst Australia’s top Shiraz, despite its modest price. Indeed, the 2003 vintage was rated second only to Grange Hermitage in a recent Wine Enthusiast tasting. Most customers probably don’t look to Aussie Shiraz to supply finesse and elegance, without stinting on power, but this terroir seems to produce those sometimes mutually exclusive elements without effort. Showing classic blueberry and plum aromas, great texture from its 18 months in mostly new, mostly French oak, this Syrah is a delight from beginning to end.

Salomon Estate 2002 Finniss River Shiraz

It is gratifying to see that, after just a few years of production, the Finniss River Shiraz has been recognized by the press as standing amongst Australia’s top Shiraz, despite its modest price. Indeed, the 2003 vintage was rated second only to Grange Hermitage in a recent Wine Enthusiast tasting. Most customers probably don’t look to Aussie Shiraz to supply finesse and elegance, without stinting on power, but this terroir seems to produce those sometimes mutually exclusive elements without effort. Showing classic blueberry and plum aromas, great texture from its 18 months in mostly new, mostly French oak, this Syrah is a delight from beginning to end.

Salomon Estate 2003 Finniss River Shiraz [12/375ml]

It is gratifying to see that, after just a few years of production, the Finniss River Shiraz has been recognized by the press as standing amongst Australia’s top Shiraz, despite its modest price. Indeed, the 2003 vintage was rated second only to Grange Hermitage in a recent Wine Enthusiast tasting. Most customers probably don’t look to Aussie Shiraz to supply finesse and elegance, without stinting on power, but this terroir seems to produce those sometimes mutually exclusive elements without effort. Showing classic blueberry and plum aromas, great texture from its 18 months in mostly new, mostly French oak, this Syrah is a delight from beginning to end.

Undhof Salomon 2003 Grüner Veltliner Von Stein Reserve