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Yarden Rose 2009

The Wine

The 2009 Yarden Rose features aromatic strawberry, red apple, lemon, and floral characters layered with hints of crusty baguette. This elegant sparkling wine exhibits good acidity with nice length of flavor. The wine’s attractive rosé color makes it particularly festive.

While ready to drink now, Yarden Rose should age nicely for up to ten years from vintage. Thanks to its acidity, the wine goes well with rich and salty dishes, while its subtle flavors make it a good companion to more delicate dishes. Try the wine with beet risotto, smoked salmon, sushi, or summer berries with whipped cream.

The Vintage

At the end of 2008, farmers faced potentially severe water cuts after receiving only half of normal annual rainfall. A very wet February and March brought precipitation back to the seasonal average. A warm June with wet soil profiles caused sudden and pronounced shoot growth. Moderate summer temperatures and higher than normal relative humidity caused a period of slow ripening that abruptly ended with dryer weather at the end of September. Intense harvesting lasted through the end of vintage in late October.

Yarden Rose is produced from a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir grapes harvested from high-elevation vineyards on the northern Golan Heights. Only traditional methods were used in the making of this sparkling wine, including hand harvesting, whole cluster pressing, and secondary fermentation in the bottle. The wine aged on tirage yeast for five years.

The Analyses

% Alc (v/v)                              12.0

TA (g/l)                                   8.8

pH                                           3.02

RS                                           Brut

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.