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The 2016 Yarden Sauvignon Blanc features aromatic guava, mango, melon, lime and apple fruit notes, along with attractive floral characters. With medium body and satisfying flavor, this wine is bright and refreshing.
Ready to drink upon release, Yarden Sauvignon Blanc is best consumed within a couple of years of harvest. Try pairing the wine with whole grilled sea bass, pan-seared chicken breasts, or pasta with anchovies, garlic and parmesan.
2016 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.
The 2016 Yarden Sauvignon Blanc is produced solely from Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in vineyards located on the cool northern Golan Heights. A small percentage of the wine fermented in French oak barrels, adding some body and subtle perfume.
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.