Sparkling White Wine (Brut Nature)
Alcohol: 12.0 %
The 2007 Yarden Katzrin Blanc de Blancs Late Disgorged (LD) presents enticing aromas of freshly baked baguette, preserved lemons and green apples, layered with attractive nuances of flowers and cream. Displaying fresh acidity, this late-disgorged sparkling wine is flavorful, elegant and drinkable.
The 2007 Yarden Katzrin Blanc de Blancs LD is great to drink upon release, and will age gracefully over the next number of years. We enjoy serving this festive wine on its own as an aperitif, accompanied by delectable hors d’oeuvres, or partnered with delicate fish, poultry and free-range veal dishes.
A dry winter preceded the 2007 season, resulting in 81% of normal rainfall. A cold March and April gave way to a warm period lasting through the end of July. August and September, our most stable months, did not disappoint us again this year, bringing exactly average temperatures coupled with zero rain – a winemaking paradise. A warm October shortened the tail of harvest, resulting in a relatively short 13-week vintage. Low yields (8% below expected) helped contribute to a vintage of excellent overall quality.
The 2007 Yarden Katzrin Blanc de Blancs LD is produced solely from Chardonnay fruit grown in the northern Golan Heights, Israel’s coolest winegrowing area. Offered in extremely limited quantities, the wine is strictly made according to the traditional method, including pressing of whole clusters and secondary fermentation in the bottle. Disgorging took place after 10 years of bottle aging on the tirage yeast.
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.
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