Yarden Chardonnay 2017 750ml
Appellation: Central and North Golan, Israel
Winemakers Notes: The 2017 Yarden Chardonnay shows off aromatic lemon, pear and pineapple fruit notes, layered with nuances of flowers, mineral and French oak. This balanced full-bodied wine exhibits nice acidity and a lingering finish. While ready to drink now, the wine will continue to develop for a number of years in the bottle, and should stay in great drinking condition for five to seven years from harvest. Yarden Chardonnay goes wonderfully with roasted chicken with hazelnuts, pan-seared halibut fillets, smoked salmon mousse canapés, or fettuccine with wild-mushroom sauce.
The Vintage: 2017 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.
Yarden Chardonnay is made entirely from fruit grown in the northern Golan Heights, Israel’s coldest winegrowing region with vineyards reaching elevations up to 1,200 meters (3,900 feet). Over the years, this area has become well known for producing outstanding Chardonnay. The wine aged in French oak barrels, of which some 50% were new, for seven 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.