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Golan Heights Winery Yarden Gewürztraminer Galilee 2012 (Kosher)

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Tasting Notes

The 2012 Yarden Gewurztraminer presents attractive litchi and passion fruit notes layered with floral, citrus, green pear and green apple characters, rounded out with hints of exotic spice. Just off-dry, this medium-bodied wine displays pleasing varietal character.

Though ready to drink now, Yarden Gewurztraminer will improve over the first 18 months from harvest, and will remain in good drinking shape for some three years from vintage.

Additional Info

The Vintage - Following the record breaking cold and hot temperatures of harvests 2011 and 2010 respectively, we thankfully returned to a more typical vintage in 2012. The relatively cold and wet winter resulted in late but strong budbreak. A somewhat warm April advanced the season, resulting in a normal start of harvest in the first week of August. Trailing a beautiful summer that was just slightly warmer than average, a short warm spell in October allowed us to complete the relatively short harvest on the 21st of the month. The 2012 vintage brought lower than average yields coupled with very good quality.

The 2012 Yarden Gewurztraminer is produced entirely from Gewurztraminer fruit grown in the cool northern Golan Heights, a region proven ideal for growing high-quality varietal Gewurztraminer. 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.

Food Pairings

Enjoy the wine alone as an aperitif, or paired with spicy Thai chicken, thin-crust pizza topped with Gruyere cheese and a sprinkling of chopped dried mango, or a good Indian curry.

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