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Yiftah Vineyard

A powerful and elegant wine with a rich fruit character and notes of vanilla and roasted wood. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, the wine will continue to age well over time.

Yiftah Vineyard 2014 is a single-vineyard Merlot and Petit Verdot blend that expresses the long-term collaboration between Micha Vaadia, Winemaker of Galil Mountain Winery, and Doris Faran, Winegrower of Yiftah Vineyard. Micha and Doris have worked together for about a decade, focusing on improving winegrowing quality in order to directly enhance wine quality.

 

The quality of Merlot and Petit Verdot grapes in the 2014 harvest was particularly outstanding, with a distinctive fruit character that Micha decided to bring out in the wine in a focused and unique way. More than anything, Yiftah Vineyard 2014 expresses the distinct style and character of wines from the Upper Galilee in general, and from the Kadesh Valley in particular.

 

 

About the Unique 2014 Harvest

The winter preceding the 2014 harvest began with a heavy snowstorm that provided the grapevines with most of the cold conditions they required. During the rest of the winter there was little precipitation. At the beginning of May, a rainstorm compensated for the lack of precipitation, enabling vine arousal in moist soil. For the remainder of the season, the weather was moderate, even cooler than average, without any extreme conditions. The fruit ripened uniformly, and the harvest was of a very high quality.

 

About the Growing Region

Yiftah Vineyard is located in the Kadesh Valley, west of the Hula Valley. The combination of fertile soil (red clay-like) and optimal weather conditions for growing wine grapes makes the region one of Israel’s best for producing quality wines.

Altitude – 420m. above sea level

Soil – Vertisol primarily resulting from terra rossa erosion

 

Analyses

Alcohol                       15.0%

Titratable acidity         6.0 g/L

pH                               3.49

RS                               Dry

Yiron

.Galil Mountain’s flagship wine is a blend produced from grapes grown in Upper Galilee vineyards. Glittering bordeaux in color with a robust character, the wine displays abundant aromas of berries, cherries and plum jam, on a seasoned background of vanilla, clove and toasted oak. The well-balanced, full-bodied wine has a long and classic finish.

Region: Upper Galilee.

 

Varieties: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 7% Syrah, 5% Petit Verdot.

 

Technical Data: The wine underwent 14-21 days of fermentation on skins at 30ºC (86ºF), full malolactic fermentation, and 16 months of aging in French oak barrels.

 

Harvest: The winter preceding the 2014 harvest began with a heavy snowstorm that provided the grapevines with most of the cold conditions they required. During the rest of the winter there was little precipitation. At the beginning of May, a rainstorm compensated for the lack of precipitation, enabling vine arousal in moist soil. For the remainder of the season, the weather was moderate, even cooler than average, without any extreme conditions. The fruit ripened uniformly, and the harvest was of a very high quality.

 

Analyses:

Alcohol                       15.0%

Titratable acidity        5.8 g/L

pH                              3.63                

RS                              Dry

 

Storage and Aging: Store in a cold, dark area. Under proper conditions, the wine should stay well preserved for 7 or more years from harvest.

 

Serving Temperature: Best served at about 18°C (64°F).

Meron

Glittering deep purple in color, the wine is rich with characters of blueberry, black cherry and raspberry jam accompanied by chocolate and clove aromas. The full-bodied wine has a velvety texture with a long, elegant finish.

Region: Upper Galilee.

 

Varieties: 80% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot.

 

Technical Data: Undergoing about 14 days of fermentation on skins at 28ºC (82ºF) and full malolactic fermentation, the wine aged for 16 months in French oak barrels.

 

Harvest: The winter preceding the 2014 harvest began with a heavy snowstorm that provided the grapevines with most of the cold conditions they required. During the rest of the winter there was little precipitation. At the beginning of May, a rainstorm compensated for the lack of precipitation, enabling vine arousal in moist soil. For the remainder of the season, the weather was moderate, even cooler than average, without any extreme conditions. The fruit ripened uniformly, and the harvest was of a very high quality.

 

Analyses:

 Alcohol                      15.0%

Titratable acidity        6.0 g/L

pH                              3.64                

RS                              Dry

 

Storage and Aging: Store in a cold, dark area. If stored in proper conditions, the wine will age well for 5-7 years from time of harvest.

 

Serving Temperature:  Best served at about 18°C (64°F).

Avivim

A white blend primarily comprised of Chardonnay, with a bit of Viognier. Bright golden in color, the wine presents rich characters of ripe fruit with hints of butter and vanilla. A balanced wine with pleasant acidity, and a long and soft finish.

Region: Upper Galilee.

 

Varieties: 94% Chardonnay, 6% Viognier.

 

Technical Data: The wine fermented in new French oak barrels and aged on yeast lees for five months.

 

Harvest: The growing season preceding the harvest began with a rainy winter, and the grapevines reawakened to moist ground and good growth conditions. The spring began earlier than usual, which led to early maturity in most of the plots. The beginning of the spring was characterized by vigorous grapevine growth, which placed pressure on the winegrowers to complete their tasks on time. Throughout the season, the weather was moderate with no extreme events, and the fruit’s maturity was uniform and moderate. The 2016 harvest was the Winery’s shortest ever, ending within eight weeks. The vintage shows signs of very high quality.

 

Analyses:

Alcohol                       13.0%

Titratable acidity        6.7 g/L

pH                              3.22                

RS                              Dry

 

Storage and Aging: Store in a cold, dark area. Under proper conditions, the wine should stay well preserved for 2-4 years from time of harvest.

 

Serving Temperature: Best served at about 18°C (64°F).