The Gamla Merlot exhibits aromatic cherry and berry fruit characters, layered with notes of chocolate, orange zest, spice and dried herbs. This full-bodied Merlot offers satisfying concentration of flavor.
Although ready to drink now, the Gamla Merlot should improve in the bottle for a number of years, and will remain in excellent drinking condition for about seven years from vintage.
Food & Wine
Give the wine a go with slow-cooked roast beef, grilled lamb burgers, or pan-roasted duck breast.
A very wet and chilly December, with a record-breaking low of -17°C (1°F) measured in one of our vineyards, set hopes high for cold and rainy weather during the remainder of the winter. The following four months, however, were relatively warm and dry, with only 58% of our average winter precipitation. But happily the months of May to October were all slightly cooler than normal, without any extreme weather events. The grape harvest started a bit late but lasted only 12 weeks, which is shorter than usual. The beautiful growing season combined with slightly low yields resulted in a great vintage.
The Gamla Merlot is produced from grapes grown in vineyards on the Golan Heights that are known for yielding quality Merlot. The wine aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.
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.