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Cabernet Sauvignon | 2010

The Wine

The rich Terra Rossa soil of the Kedesh Valley is well drained and abundant in vital minerals contributing to this wine’s earthy and robust full body. The wine is a deep dark ruby red with cherry hues and a rich round body. Core flavors of black forest fruit, cassis and blueberries with chocolate, vanilla and coffee are pronounced. Notes of aged wood combined with balanced acidity lead to a long complex finish. This wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels and once bottled, an additional year in the winery cellars giving it refinement and complexity.

The Harvest

 

The growing season of 2010 was unusually warm and required special attention and care in all vineyard operations as well as precision and patience in determination of harvest timing. Meticulous monitoring and understanding of the environment conditions have led to concentrated fruit with rich color, depth, and flavor.
This vineyard was harvested during cool nights during early September and the grapes were received at dawn for optimal preservation of the aromas and flavors.

Growing Area:

This Cabernet Sauvignon plot grew in the Upper Galilee’s Kedesh Valley. This unique area is characterized with stony Terra Rossa soil causing the vine roots to search for stored water deep into the layers of rock contributing to a strong and balanced vine.
 



Analytical Data: Brix: 25.6 |  Alcohol: 14.4% |  Acidity (grams/liter): 5.7 |  pH level: 3.5 
Merlot | 2010

The Wine

Produced from select Merlot grapes grown on rich volcanic soil in the Moshav of Ramot Naftali in the Upper Galilee region, this wine has pronounced flavors of black forest fruits, underlayed by plums and tobacco. The Upper Galilee Merlot grapes provide the wine with a complexity which combines spicy aromas of Mediterranean herbs in a velvety, elegant body typical to the variety. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months and bottled aged for an additional year giving it a long and complex finish.

The Harvest

The growing season of 2010 was unusually warm and required special attention and care in all vineyard operations as well as precision and patience in determination of harvest timing. Meticulous monitoring and understanding of the environment conditions have led to concentrated fruit with rich color, depth, and flavor.
This vineyard was harvested during cool nights during early September and the grapes were received at dawn for optimal preservation of the aromas and flavors.
 

Growing Area:

This Merlot plot grew in the Upper Galilee’s Kedesh Valley on Ramot Naftali’s mountain range at an altitude of 430 meters above sea level. A unique mesoclimate of temperatures that drop at night and rise at day, make the valley an ideal vineyard growing area. The ground is deep, mineral rich and abundant with volcanic rock giving the wine its unique character.
 



Analytical Data: Brix: 25.5 |  Alcohol: 14.1% |  Acidity (grams/liter): 5.5 |  pH level: 3.5 
Shiraz | 2011

The wine


The wine is produced from Shiraz grapes which are grown on Terra Rossa soil in Kibbutz Malkia in the Upper Galilee. The wine maintains a deep purple color characteristic of the Shiraz and combines raspberry, mulberry, and violet flavors. The barrels give the wine hints of cedar and oak, for a balanced and velvet full body leading to a long and pleasant finish. For the final product, about 10% Cabernet Sauvignon is added from the vineyard to enrich the wine. The wine is then aged for 12 months in French oak barrels and 6 months in the bottle to add a complex and refined taste.

 

The harvest

The 2011 harvest season was characterized by the long growing season. Mild and comfortable weather resulted in an ideal gradual growing giving way to even ripening . The harvest was conducted in early September during late night hours, ensuring the grapes reached the winery at low temperature to keep the flavors, and their aroma .
 

Area of cultivation

The Cabernet Sauvignon is grown at an elevation of 700 meters in the Upper Galilee. This unique area is characterized by a cold climate, Terra Rossa (red soil) and limestone resulting in the roots of the vine to seek water at a depth amongst a layer of rock, which aids in strengthening the vine.
 



Analytical Data: Alcohol: 14% |  Acidity (grams/liter): 5.3  |  pH level: 3.6 
Sauvignon Blanc | 2013

 

The Wine

Sauvignon Blanc is a grape variety which displays unique characteristics in the Israeli climate. Abundant in bright citrus fruit flavors and aromas such as grapefruit and lemon underlayered with tropical fruit hints of guava and passionfruit. This wine combines a soft crisp body and distinct flavors, making it an ideal drinking wine on warm summer days.
The wine is clean and refreshing and leaves a pleasant enduring finish.

The Harvest

During the growing season the winery’s vineyards were treated with dedication and devotion to reach maximum quality levels. Numerous detailed measures were taken in the vineyards while giving serious thought as to how to produce the best crop from each specific plot which is evident in its quality.
These measures began last winter with precise and gentle pruning and continued throughout the season with additional activities such as periodical shoot thinning, cluster thinning and a meticulous and precise irrigation regime.
The Sauvignon Blanc vineyard was harvested at its optimal ripeness at the end of the month of July. Due to the vineyard’s proximity to the winery, the grapes were received during the early morning hours while they were cool and fresh. The grapes were gently pressed and the clear must went through a long cold fermentation avoiding contact with wood to retain the delicate fruit flavors typical of the Sauvignon Blanc variety.

Growing Area

This Sauvignon Blanc plot is 30 years old and is one of the country’s older vineyard blocks, if not the oldest. This plot receives extra care and attention. The vineyard is planted in rich chalky soil in the Kfar Tabor area and its old, goblet-shaped vines are treated with meticulous care and limited irrigation. These low-yielding vines produce the best Sauvignon Blanc grapes in the country. This warm region is unique to growing Sauvignon Blanc and is the main factor influencing the richness in flavor of this particular wine.
 



Analytical Data: Alcohol: 12.5% |  Acidity (grams/liter): 6  |  pH level: 3.2 
Roussanne | 2012

General Information

Roussanne is a white grape varietal grown in the Rhone Valley of France where only a limited group of six white varieties are permitted to be grown by the local legislation.
This aromatic wine is used as the main ingredient in the Halfsion white wines of the renowned Chateauneuf du Pape.
The Roussanne grapes were brought over to Israel 3 years ago and were planted on a small experimental scale and officially joined the winery’s vineyards in 2012.

Wine

This wine, made from 100% Roussanne is cultivated on basalt soil in the winery’s vineyards at an elevation of 900 meters in the northern Golan Heights. At the end of September, the grapes are manually and selectively harvested in the early mornings and carefully screened further in the winery. After a gentle pressing process, the grapes undergo a slow and controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks to prevent disturbance, either from lactic acid or contact with wood, in order to retain the unique characteristics of the grape and its region of cultivation.
The wine is light, fruity, and exhibits classic characteristics of its variety; combining flavors and aromas of citrus, apples and tropical fruits. A light lemon color and crisp acidity provide for an enjoyable tasting experience.
 

2012 Harvest


Throughout the growth season, the vineyards were meticulously kept and treated to maximize the quality of the harvest. This is seen through the many detailed measures taken in the vineyards and is reflected in the exquisite quality of the wine. These meticulous and precise steps that began last winter and continue throughout the season include the delicate trimming of the vines, thinning of overgrown clusters, and controlled irrigation.


 



Analytical Data: Alcohol: 14% |  Acidity (grams/liter): 3.45 |  pH level: 3.45 
Viognier | 2012

General info


This variety of grapes (Viognier) belongs to the classic white varieties of the Rhone Valley in France. While the exact origin is unknown, it is believed to be brought by the Romans from Croatia. Due to its delicate nature, Viognier grapes were nearly extinct at the end of the 19th century following the phylloxera epidemic throughout Europe and experienced a revival towards the end of the 20th century.
Similar to Chardonnay, Viognier can grow in varying climates that aid in its unique characteristics in a wide variety of wines.
It is recommended to drink wines produced purely from Viognier grapes when they are fresh and young, for they reflect the fruity and floral characteristics unique to the wine.
 

The Wine


This wine is produced from 100% Viognier grapes which grow on the winery’s vineyards’ basaltic soil at an elevation of 900 meters at the northern foot of Tel-HaShifon in the Golan Heights.
At the end of September, the grapes are manually and selectively harvested in the early mornings and carefully screened further in the winery. The harvest of 2012 were the last white grapes which were harvested in the winery’s vineyards. After a gentle pressing process, the grapes undergo a slow and controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks to prevent disturbance, either from lactic acid or contact with wood, in order to retain the unique characteristics of the grape and its region of cultivation.
The wine is rich and creamy, which blends the tastes of ripe apricot, peach and a touch of floral. The wine is a light golden color with a full body leading to a lush, fulfilling finish.
 

2012 Harvest


Throughout the growth season, the vineyards are meticulously kept and treated to maximize the quality of the crop. This is seen through the many extreme measures taken in the vineyards alongside constant consideration to the entire crop and is reflected in the exquisite quality of the wine. These meticulous and precise steps that began last winter and continue throughout the season include the delicate trimming of the vineyard, thinning of overgrown clusters, and controlled irrigation.
 



Analytical Data: Alcohol: 15.4% |  Acidity (grams/liter): 6.3 |  pH level: 3.45 
Gewürztraminer | 2012

General Information

The origin of this variety of aromatic Gewürztraminer is at the foot of the Alps on the border between Northern Italy and Austria. Today, this variety of grapes is commonly found between Germany and Alsace in northern France (Rhine River) where it constitutes the basis of most wines in the region. The pink skin of the grape is considered to be unique among the broad varieties of the Traminer family.
Gewurztraminer grapes are characterized by their distinct aroma and extravagant hints of lychee and rose petals that mix well with the natural sweetness and rich character of this strain.
 

The wine


This wine, made from 100% Gewurztraminer grapes which are grown on Terra-Rossa soil on the winery’s vineyards at an elevation of 700 meters in the upper Galilee. When they reach optimal maturity in late August, the grapes are manually and selectively harvested in the early morning and pass a strict selection process once in the winery. The grapes are then gently separated from their stems and are pressed and left for 8 hours with their skin to optimize the aroma. Following this is a slow and controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks, without disturbance from lactic acid or contact with wood. A designated strain of yeast is used to strengthen the unique characteristics of grape and the region of cultivation.
The wine is rich, and harmoniously combines a crisp acidity with a subtle sweetness and contains aromas of rose petals, lychee, honey, and spices. The wine maintains a golden color with a slight glow of copper with a rich, lasting taste.

 

2012 Harvest


Throughout the growth season, the vineyards are meticulously kept and treated to maximize the quality of the crop. This is seen through the many extreme measures taken in the vineyards alongside constant consideration to the entire crop and is reflected in the exquisite quality of the wine. These meticulous and precise steps that began last winter and continue throughout the season include the delicate trimming of the vineyard, thinning of overgrown clusters, and controlled irrigation.
 



Analytical Data: Alcohol: 12.5% |  Acidity (grams/liter): 3.3  |  pH level: 3.30