Kosher for Passover.
The 2016 Yarden 2T exhibits exotic spice notes, intermingled with characters of ripe red and black fruits as well as fresh and dried flowers. This intriguing blend of two Portuguese varieties displays full body and satisfying flavor.
Though enjoyable to drink now, the 2016 Yarden 2T will improve in the bottle and stay in excellent drinking condition for many years from harvest. Try serving the wine with lamb with mint pesto, coffee-rubbed prime rib roast, or cassoulet with duck confit.
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.
2016 Yarden 2T is made from two renowned Portuguese varieties – Touriga Nacional (56%) and Tinta Cao (44%). The wine’s grapes were harvested from Yonatan Springs Vineyard, at an elevation of 700 meters (2,300 feet), and Geshur Vineyard, at an elevation of 400 meters (1,300 feet). Yarden 2T aged for 18 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.