Drinking in the New Year

Rosh Hashana is the time of the year when wineries launch their new wines, and a number of worthy, reasonably priced ones are coming out this year.

By OFER ZEMACH
September 4, 2008 18:15
1 minute read.
Drinking in the New Year

3 white wines 298 88. (photo credit: )

 
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For the holiday season, supermarket shelves and wine stores are loaded with local wines. With eye-catching labels describing the quality of their products, Israeli wineries are offering the wine lover an enormous range of bottles from which to choose. Rosh Hashana is the time of the year when wineries launch their new wines, and a number of worthy, reasonably priced ones are coming out this year. Dalton, Sauvignon Blanc reserve 2007: Crafted by Na'ama Mualem, Dalton's winemaker, this is a delightful, cool climate, un-oaked alternative to Chardonnay. Think grapefruit, pineapple and passion fruit. With its high acidity, this wine will go with almost anything except the heartiest red meat dishes. NIS 54 Dalton, Chardonnay reserve 2007: Made of Chardonnay grapes picked at selected vineyards, this is a fresh, lively white wine. The bright fruit flavors make it appealing as an aperitif, and its crispness make it food-friendly too. NIS 65 Dalton, Viognier reserve 2007: With intense fruit and honey aromas, this Viognier is absolutely delightful. With caramel notes gained from the barrels, this is a wonderful holiday wine that will go with most dishes. NIS 72 With 1,000 tons of grapes harvested in its vineyards in Upper Galilee, the Galil Mountain winery is now releasing three dry red wines from the vintage of 2007 reflecting the growing region of the fruit: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. All the wines in the Galil Mountain series are medium-bodied, very appealing and will make a memorable addition to the holiday table. NIS 48 each. In their best-seller series, Teva, Binyamina has released three red wines from the vintage of 2007: Exotic Tempranillo, Bold Pinotage and Inquisitive Shiraz. The wines in this series are young, refreshing and at NIS 40 each, offer good value. Tishbi, Shiraz Estate 2006: I was a little confused by this Shiraz. At first, the nose was a little soft with flavors of green peppers and lacking a bit in power. However, upon tasting, the pleasant structure gave way to a wine full of dark berries and plenty of personality. NIS 95 Recanati, Sauvignon Blanc reserve 2007: This is a full and rich style of Sauvignon Blanc. Creamy and loaded with tropical fruit aromas and grapefruit flavors, there's a hint of honeyed ripeness, and the finish is refreshingly zingy without being overly acidic. Beautifully balanced. NIS 69 ofer@jpost.com

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