Salomon fam­ily a vin­tage crop

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine -

When young, Bert chose to leave the fam­ily win­ery to set up a wine dis­tri­bu­tion company.

In 1988, he added the Pen­folds agency to his port­fo­lio and his re­sult­ing vis­its here then lead to his knowl­edge and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia and its wines.

Twelve years ago, with a loom­ing health tragedy in the fam­ily, Bert re­joined and as­sumed con­trol of the fam­ily business.

Re­cent in­ter­na­tional reviews say the Salomons’ Aus­trian gruner velt­lin­ers and ries­lings have never been bet­ter – and they are now avail­able in Aus­tralia.

The just-re­leased 2012 Salomon Wieden and Berg Gruner Velt­liner is soft, round bal­anced and ap­proach­able. There are light aro­mat­ics and re­strained fruit char­ac­ters that are filled out with ‘worked’ char­ac­ters that add weight and tex­ture to the mid-palate be­fore the lin­ger­ing dry fin­ish. Lovely.

18 points and $34.

In a fur­ther de­vel­op­ment, in 1995 the Salomons chose to live be­tween Aus­tralia and Aus­tria and es­tab­lished a vine­yard just south of Ade­laide on the Fleurieu Penin­sula.

Year by year, the num­ber of red wines vary, but of the var­i­ous vin­tages that we have tasted, the most ex­cit­ing is the Salomon Es­tate 2012 Syrah.

“Wow, full, soft, plump and ripe. Densely flavoured and high- qual­ity fruit of great length. Though there are hints of briar and savouri­ness, the re­gion’s typ­i­cal shi­raz fruit and the sym­pa­thet­i­cally han­dled wine­mak­ing and oak-han­dling have left a soft and seam­less mouth feel. The fin­ish and after-taste have no awk­ward cor­ners or edges and just drift away…”

This 2012 Salomon Syrah is the best wine from this Aus­tralian es­tate to date.

18.5pts and $29.

Salomon Es­tate owner and wine­maker Bert Salomon.

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