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The 2015 Gamla Chardonnay features bright pear, green apple, honeydew melon and citrus notes, balanced with hints of French oak. This medium-bodied Chardonnay is fresh and drinkable.
Ready to enjoy now, the 2015 Gamla Chardonnay will stay in great drinking condition for about four years from vintage. We like pairing this food-friendly wine with salmon fish cakes, roast chicken with tangerines, or a serving of sushi.
Though we had heavy rains in November, the winter saw only 75% of our normal precipitation. Following a cool spring, we headed into harvest 10-14 days later than usual. If in the past a cool spring normally meant a cool summer, this was not the case in 2015. Indeed, we recorded our warmest ever September, including a historic dust storm. We concluded the harvest on schedule, with our vineyards looking surprisingly verdant. Despite the unusual conditions in 2015, the Golan once again proved itself to be a phenomenal place to grow quality wine.
The 2015 Gamla Chardonnay is produced solely from grapes grown in vineyards located in the highest and coolest part of the Golan Heights, an area that has proven optimal for growing this classic white variety. The 2015 Gamla Chardonnay’s light touch of oak gives center stage to the wine’s vibrant fruit.
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.