Or Haganuz French Blend (OU Kosher) 2014
The vineyards at the foot of Mount Meron in the Upper Galilee are planted at an average height of 760 meters above sea level. The grapes were harvested from several plots on the northern slopes of the mountain, which are characterized by "hardening vines". These unique conditions, combined with a few cultivation and irrigation methods, enabled the grape to yield high quality grapes. The grapes were harvested with selective manual harvest and when they reached the nearby winery they were carefully selected and underwent controlled fermentation. The maximum accuracy resulted in excellent extraction. This wine is a blend of 4 noble varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. 20 months of aging in oak barrels Keep the original fruit flavors.
With a rich history of wine production dating back to biblical times, Israel is a part of the cradle of wine civilization. Here, wine was commonly used for religious ceremonies as well as for general consumption. During Roman times, it was a popular export, but during Islamic rule around 1300, production was virtually extinguished. The modern era of Israeli winemaking began in the late 19th century with help from Bordeaux’s Rothschild family. Accordingly, most grapes grown in Israel today are made from native French varieties. Indigenous varieties are all but extinct, though oenologists have made recent attempts to rediscover ancient varieties such as Marawi for commercial wine production.
In Israel’s Mediterranean climate, humidity and drought can be problematic, concentrating much of the country’s grape growing in the north near Galilee, Samaria near the coast and at higher elevations in the east. The most successful red varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah, while the best whites are made from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Many, though by no means all, Israeli wines are certified Kosher.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.