Golan Heights presents Yarden Rom and Katzrin 2014

photo: T.Sharon
photo: T.Sharon

Two flagship wines of the Golan Heights Winery were presented this week. The premium wines of vintage (2014): Yarden Rom 2014 and Yarden Katzrin 2014. These wines are elegant with significant aging potential.

The wines are the work of Victor Schonfeld, the main winemaker of Golan Heights Winery, with continued collaboration with the famous winemaker Zelma Long, who has worked with the winery since 2002 in order to improve the quality of the vineyards and the wine. Victor Schonfeld introduced the wines and served them for a taste.

2014 Vintage

The 2014 vintage was exceptional; It had a wet and cold winter with low temperatures followed by a slightly higher temperature with only 58% rain. May-October was cooler than normal and with no unusual weather. The harvest was late and lasted only 12 weeks. There was a slightly lower than average yield with high quality.

Yarden Rom 2014

Yarden Rom 2014 was created by Golan Heights wine makers (after the collaboration with Zelma Long) and is the continuation of the series. It was first created in the 2006 vintage and is the sixth time it is made because it is produced only when the vintage is of high quality.

The wine is made from the best winery vineyards located in the Golan Heights. The composition of the wine is 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Syrah, and 14% Merlot. The Cabernet Sauvignon gives structure, the Syrah rounds it and adds soil and smoke aroma, and the Merlot softens and adds aroma of herbs and citrus. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months and bottled without filtering.

Sold at the leading wine shops. Kosher. Price is about NIS 450.

Yarden Katzrin 2014

Katzrin is a super-premium wine and is the flagship wine of the winery. It is produced only in exceptional vintages and only in limited editions.

The wine was produced from Golan Heights vineyards. It consists of Bordeaux grapes varieties: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Malabac and 3% Petit Verdot. The Cabernet Sauvignon gives a structure and a base of ripe fruit, the Merlot adds complexity and softness, the Malbec and Petit Verdot give flowery scent, while the Petit Verdot also adds color and tannin structure.

The grapes from different plots were aged separately in new French oak barrels for 18 months; after the blending, the wine was returned to barrels for an additional 6 months, adding up to the total aging time of 24 months.

Sold at the leading wine shops. Kosher. Price is about NIS 450.

photo: T. Sharon

Tasting Impression

Both wines are elegant. Both have a heavy body and are balanced but can use some aging to achieve maximum quality. Katzrin has a powerful taste of black fruit and wood. I especially liked it.

Golan Heights Winery as a leader in sustainability

Sustainability is a major issue in the global wine industry. The Golan Heights Winery as a leading winery in Israel has made sustainability a main goal in order to increase the positive impact on the environment and community. It has received the sustainability certification of LODI RULES Sustainable Winegrowing Program, being the first to achieve this in Israel, and outside California. This includes the vineyards managed by the winery. Together with Galil Mountains Winery it has about 420 acres of certified vineyards. The aim is lead the way and provide infrastructure for other Israeli wineries to follow.

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