Yarden Merlot


The 2017 Yarden Merlot expresses notes of ripe
red and black fruits, along with characters of orange peel, earth and fresh
herbs. A wonderful example of the exceptional quality of Merlot grown in the
Golan Heights, this classic Merlot is full-bodied, rich and flavorful.  
Although enjoyable to drink upon release, the
2017 Yarden Merlot will develop in the bottle over the next few years, and stay
in good drinking condition for up to a decade from harvest. We love pairing
this food-friendly wine with a rack of lamb with a Merlot glaze, braised beef
short ribs, or roasted root vegetables.

The Vintage

While the winter leading up to the 2017 season
started promisingly, with an unusually cold and wet December, total seasonal
precipitation finished at only 82% of normal. The lack of late winter rain
resulted in restrained vine growth and canopies nicely open to light and air
penetration. After an average spring, July saw daily highs 2oC (3.6oF) warmer
than usual. Happily, typical weather returned in August, and the absence of
weather extremes led to beautiful, and faster than normal, ripening. Ending up
as a relatively short eleven-week harvest, 2017 was yet another vintage of
excellent quality.

The 2017 Yarden Merlot is made from grapes
harvested from certified sustainable vineyards in the central and northern
Golan Heights. These areas have produced high-quality Merlot fruit over the
course of three decades. The wine aged in small French oak barrels, some 40% of
which were new, for 18 months.

The Appellation

The Galilee (or Galil) is the most northern,
and generally considered the best, appellation in Israel. The highest quality
area within the appellation is the Golan Heights (or simply the Golan), the
coldest region in Israel. The vineyards on this volcanic plateau rise from 400
meters (1,300 feet) above sea level to 1,200 meters (3,900 feet) and receive
snowfall in the winter. Golan Heights Winery is located in the town of Katzrin
in the central Golan.


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