2010 FLEURIEU PENINSULA Syrah-Viognier Salomon Finiss River Estate

Grapes Viognier, Syrah
Colour Red
Origin Australia, South Australia
ABV 14.5%

95% Syrah, aged for 18 months in 300 litre used French hogsheads. Extraordinarily pure currant and berry fruit, intense and ripe but with charming finesse, an almost Pinot-like silky feel and a refreshing finish. Certainly more ‘Syrah’ than ‘Shiraz’, as you might expect from Austrian winemaker Bert Soloman. Will enrich any dinner table. Drinking range: 2012 - 2020 L&S (Jun 2014)

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96% shiraz, 4% viognier. You’d call it a light, perfumed, elegant style – an Australian “syrah” – but it does carry quite a lot of oak. Thing is, it carries it well, despite its obviousness. Awash with sweet blueberry and black cherry, it’s a juicy wine with deliciousness written all over it. I had serious trouble keeping my mits offov it. Very fine tannin. Perfectly judged acidity. Perfumed to smell and in the mouth. For now and in the medium term, it’s beautiful drinking. The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson Rating: 93 Press Reviewer (Jul 2013)

Strong, bright red-purple; the scented red and black fruits of the bouquet are amplified by the energy and drive of the medium- to full-bodied palate, and its lively finish. The screwcap guarantees its future Rating: 94 James Halliday - winecompanion.com.au (Jul 2013)

...a delicious wine with concentrated aromas of dark berries on the nose and a luxuriant softness on the palate. The use of the word Syrah, as opposed to Shiraz – they are the same grape variety – further highlights the European influence, as does the dash of Viognier in the blend.Jonathan Jackson, www.jjwine.blogspot.co.uk/ (Jun 2013)

Salomon Estate

Our great friends the fabulous Salomon family famous in Austria for the historic estate also have this sensational outpost in Australia - Salomon Estate. Here they make elegant Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Atop the rolling hills of the Finniss River wine-growing area the grapes ripen in an idyllic micro-climate. Finniss River extends along the southeast shoulder of the Adelaide Hills, part of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Salomon Estate wines mirror the unique qualities of this landscape: you can feel the midday sun in their fruits and the chilled air of the nearby Southern Ocean in their acids. These exceptional wines reflect the fruit of Australia with a European approach to winemaking. Bert, Gertrud, Fay Marie and young Bert Salomon bridge the old and the new wine world. Harvesting twice a year they commute between Finniss River/Australia and their famous white wine estate Salomon Undhof – Austria, which they manage in the eighth generation. Always one to make the right decisions at the right time, Bert is helped by iconic Australian winemaker Mike Farmilo, longtime friend and former chief red winemaker at Penfolds.

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