Gamla Nature Cabernet-Merlot 2011

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The Wine

The 2011 Gamla “Nature” Cabernet-Merlot presents pleasing raspberry and cherry fruit notes, along with attractive characters of spice, tobacco and orange blossoms. An equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the wine combines good body with great drinkability.

While ready to enjoy now, Gamla “Nature” Cabernet-Merlot will improve in the bottle and should age gracefully for more than five years from the harvest.

Try pairing the wine with slow-cooked lamb stew, grilled steaks, or a really good burger.

The Vintage

2011 was our coolest and wettest vintage since 1997, with 130% average annual rainfall. The chilly spring prevented excess vine growth that could have resulted from the wet soils. Harvest began about two weeks late, with a cool October resulting in over 25% of our fruit still unharvested by the end of the month. After waiting out the rains of early November, we brought in the remainder of the fruit by mid-month, literally minutes before a six-day rain system hit. The season’s cool temperatures led to average yields and very nice quality wines.

The 2011 Gamla “Nature” Cabernet-Merlot is made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot fruit grown in the cold climate and high altitude unique to the Golan Heights and Upper Galilee. Produced from equal parts of Cabernet and Merlot, this attractive blend displays characters of both classic varieties. The wine aged for 12 months in small French and American oak barrels. The 2011 vintage marks the first-ever release of this wine.

The Analyses

% Alc (v/v) 14.5 TA (g/l) 5.7 pH 3.60 RS Dry

The Appellation

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.

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