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Varieties: Merlot
Name: Gamla Merlot 2017
Type of wine: Dry red wine
Analytical data:
Alcohol 14.5%
Acid (g / L) 6.0
pH 3.45
RS Dry


The Wine

The 2017 Gamla Merlot exhibits fruit characters of raspberries and cherries, intermingling with notes of orange blossom, spice, earth and roasted coffee. This flavorful Merlot displays a full body and just a bit of pleasing structure.

Though pleasurable to drink upon release, the 2017 Gamla Merlot will improve in the bottle for several years, and should stay in excellent drinking condition for some seven years from vintage. Give the wine a try with braised beef short ribs, grilled lamb chops with rosemary and garlic, or spicy vegetable jambalaya.


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 Gamla Merlot is produced from fruit harvested from our vineyards on the Golan Heights. The wine aged in French oak barrels for 12 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.

Gamla Merlot 2017

SKU: 16GH35
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