Varieties: Pinot Gris
Name: Yarden Pinot Gris 2019
Type of wine: Dry white wine
Alcohol 13.5 %
Acid (g / L) 7.1
The 2019 Yarden Pinot Gris features green apple, nashi, lime, pomelo, white peach and tropical fruit notes, balanced with flint and floral characters. This attractive medium-bodied wine exhibits satisfying flavor coupled with freshness and drinkability.
Ready to drink upon release, Yarden Pinot Gris is best enjoyed within a couple of years of vintage. We love pairing the wine with grilled halibut with orange rémoulade, roast spatchcock chicken, or risotto primavera.
2019 was yet another outstanding vintage in the Golan Heights. The season followed Israel’s wettest winter in years, ending five years of drought. An unusually cool spring ended abruptly with a warm May, followed by nicely average temperatures from June to mid-September. The harvest started slowly, with first fruits coming in on August 6. A heat wave on September 18-20 catapulted the vineyards’ ripening, followed by our second biggest harvest week ever. An unusually warm October kept the harvest in high gear until ending on October 23. Overall, another beautiful season in the Golan gave us another year of exceptional wines.
The 2019 Yarden Pinot Gris is produced entirely from Pinot Gris grapes grown in two vineyards in the northern Golan Heights. Widely grown in Alsace, France, the variety is also popular in northeastern Italy, where it is known as Pinot Grigio. About half of the wine was fermented in large oval oak casks. The 2019 Yarden Pinot Gris was released in limited quantities.
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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