Salomon family a vintage crop
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.