Salomon Estate wines are produced off a single property in Finniss River, a sub region of Adelaide Hills, which extends along the southern region of the Feurieu Peninsula, about 20km southeast of McLaren Vale. The soils are typically gravel and sand over red and orange sandstone and the vineyard falls gently away towards the northwest providing ideal exposure, warm days ensure ripe fruit flavours while the cooling breezes which roll off the Southern Ocean in the late-afternoon ensure excellent acid retention. Here, Australian robustness meets European elegance in a most convincing fashion.
Salomon Estate was founded in 1995, originating from great ideas and passions. The first being the love for the landscape around Bert Salomon´s Finniss River. Second, Bert´s wife Gertrud´s enjoyment of great red wines and last but not least the enthusiasm both share for diverse cultures.
Bert and Gertrud Salomon are full-time travelers when it comes to wine. In Austria's Kremstal region on the Danube they manage their seventh-generation family estate, Salomon Undhof. Then once vintage is complete in the northern hemisphere, they fly south to Australia to manage Salomon Estate.
2016 The Verve
50% Syrah & 50% Mataro from Fleurieu Peninsula given 42 days skin contact to enable bottling with lower S02. Soft and juicy.
”The gist here is ‘free’ as in liberating the wine production team from more conventional methodology. There’s a reference to ‘traditional fermentation’ on the back label, but I don’t know what that means. Anyway, that aside, the wine has a good vibe to it. Packaging is bistro friendly too, though I can’t find a picture of that either. Jammy, sweet and ripe scents and flavours. Soft and supple to taste offering raspberry jubes, white pepper and toasty notes. A little extra tangy through the finish, but you could say ‘fresh’ too. Easy drinking, lively red of ready appeal.” Mike Bennie, Winefront.com.au, November 2017
2016 Fleurieu Peninsula Shiraz Viognier
95% Syrah, barrel-aged for 20 months in 300-liter hogsheads (primarily French oak, with a small percentage of American oak). A cuvée in the tradition of the northern Rhone Côte-Rôtie region. A deep ruby hue with a bouquet of floral tones, dark berries, tobacco, and soft leather. A lush fruitiness on the palette, with well-meshed tannins. A wine with depth and the utmost elegance, finely fruity and complex in finish. This wine blooms when decanted.
2016 Finniss River Braeside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, matured for 18 months in 300l hogsheads (50% new), the oak substantially French, with a small proportion of American. Australian richness combined with elegant Cassis notes. Deep red in color, with a expressive aroma. Fine, concentrated blueberry and blackcurrant on the palate, with hints of dark chocolate. Well-structured and velvety, with fine tannins and a long, nuanced finish.
2014 Finniss River Sea Eagle Vineyard Shiraz
100% Shiraz, matured for 18 months in 300l hogsheads (50% new), the oak substantially French, with a small proportion of American.
'Shiraz from the Fleurieu Peninsula, matured in all-French oak for 18 months, one-third new. Fruit concentration. This has it in spades. It’s a dense, inky shiraz, warm, positively oaked but not excessively so, with muscular arms of tannin holding it all firmly in place. Blue and black berries, mint, cloves and cedar wood. Hints of mocha, into black pepper. But bold fruit is the rage here. It has the stuffing to age long term.' 93 points, Campbell Mattinson, Winefront.com.au, August 2017
The highest portion of the vineyard and the best barrels, bottled separately from the Finniss River Shiraz bottling and only released in very limited quantities in exceptional years. Matured in 100% new French oak for 18 months though in style is more reminiscent of an old school northern Rhone Syrah.
'Tasted blind. Deep purplish crimson. Round, fresh and lively. Very opulent but not heavy. Slightly salty and reminiscent of treacle toffee. Great balance. Powerful and long but not an aggressive blockbuster.' 18.5 points, Jancis Robinson M.W., November 2018
'Tasted blind. Very dark blackish ruby. The nose suggests this might be the French one? Firm and spicy. Slightly sweet, so perhaps not French. Very fine and glossy textured. There’s a real finesse here. Excellent balance and not as exaggerated as the one I suspect is Grange.' 18 points, Jancis Robinson M.W., November 2018
'Tasted blind. Bright mid crimson. Straightforward ripe, herbal Syrah on the nose. Treacle toffee and some sweetness. A little demanding at the moment but a creditable offering. Appetising. Definitely northern Rhône. Clean and fresh with attractively sweet flesh. Drink 2016-2026.' 18 points, Jancis Robinson M.W.