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The 2014 Yarden Syrah features an aromatic mix of ripe cherry and blackberry fruit characters, along with complex notes of cedar, earth, tobacco, chocolate, smoke and aniseed. Exhibiting outstanding varietal character, this full-bodied Syrah is rich and satisfying.
Though tempting to drink now, the 2014 Yarden Syrah will continue to improve in the bottle, and should remain in great drinking condition for a decade and beyond. We enjoy pairing the wine with herb-roasted lamb chops, rich slow-cooked lamb shank stew, or grilled hanger steaks.
A very wet and chilly December, with a record-breaking low of -17oC (1oF) 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 2014 vintage.
The 2014 Yarden Syrah is made solely from Syrah grapes grown in vineyards in the northern and central Golan Heights, at elevations ranging from 600 to 900 meters (about 2,000 to 3,000 feet). The wine aged in small French oak barrels for 18 months.
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.