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.
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.
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.
Alcohol: 15.4% |
Acidity (grams/liter): 6.3 |
pH level: 3.45