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Dry Red Wine

Varieties: Syrah
Alcohol: 15.0 %


The Wine

The 2016 Yarden Syrah Bar’on Vineyard presents aromatic notes of ripe black fruits, along with attractive scents of earth, smoked meat and hints of anise. With full body and some chewy tannin, this single-vineyard Syrah is rich, complex and flavorful.

Though pleasing to drink upon release, the 2016 Yarden Syrah Bar’on Vineyard will improve in the bottle for a number of years, and remain in excellent drinking condition for a decade and beyond from harvest. Great to serve at special occasions, the wine goes wonderfully with rich oxtail stew, roast saddle of lamb, or red wine-braised root vegetables.

The Vintage

2016 was a remarkable vintage. After a routine winter, February saw average daily highs about 4oC (7oF) above normal, setting the stage for a warm spring. Lighter winter rains coupled with normal spring rainfall resulted in 75% of average annual precipitation. A mild summer was not enough to cancel out the impact of the warm spring, resulting in a fast and furious harvest – the shortest in 22 years. The beautiful summer led to wines of exciting quality, proving once again that the vagaries of a particular vintage do not prevent the Golan Heights from producing consistently exceptional wines.

This single-vineyard wine is produced entirely from Syrah fruit harvested from Bar’on Vineyard, situated at an elevation of 1,040 meters (3,400 feet) in the northern Golan Heights. The wine aged in French oak barrels for 18 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.

Yarden Syrah Bar'on Vineyard 2016

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