Psagot Sinai (OU Kosher) 2018
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, from vineyards in the northern mountains of Israel, at a height of 900 meters. Psagot Sinai is a refreshing, fruity and beautifully balanced wine. The Psagot barrel cellar is located in an ancient cave that was discovered during the process of establishing the winery. The region has an abundance of vineyards and wineries since ancient times, whose remnants exist even today. The natural damp conditions and constant temperature facilitate the high-quality aging process of many fragrant and delicious wines.
The quality wine vineyards of the winery are rooted on a picturesque limestone terraces, 900 meters above water level in the settlement "Psagot" in Binyamin. In the year 2008 the winery moved to its new location, just a 6 minute drive from Jerusalem's Pisgat Zeev neighborhood. The winery which dwells in a beautiful stone structure overlooking the Kelt Wadi and the mountains of Edom, invites its visitors to enjoy great wine with a breathtaking view.
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.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.