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The 2013 Gamla Syrah presents ripe cherry and plum fruit notes, layered with earth, smoked meat, cedar, tobacco and floral characters. With a full silky body, this Syrah is flavorful and satisfying.
Ready to drink upon release, the 2013 Gamla Syrah should remain in good drinking condition for about five to seven years from harvest. We enjoy serving the wine with lamb ragout over Israeli couscous, ribeye roast with a garlic-herb rub, or grill-smoked chicken.
The early, wet winter preceding the 2013 harvest was followed by a warmish spring. While it looked like we were heading for an early vintage, the cool months of June and July led to the harvest starting about one week later than normal. The remainder of the season continued on the cool side. A wonderful feature of this growing period was a distinct lack of extreme weather, either hot or cold. The result was beautiful ripening, with harvest finishing exactly on time at the end of October. All in all, this was a great season with great wines.
The 2013 Gamla Syrah is produced solely from Syrah grapes harvested from vineyards on the cool Golan Heights. 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.