2007 Yarden Sauvignon Blanc

Year: 2007
Appellation: Galilee
Country: Israel
White Wine
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Winery Notes:
The Wine
The 2007 Yarden Sauvignon Blanc shows off bright notes of fresh lime, kiwi and hints of guava. Its green tropical character, medium body and fresh finish make the wine very drinkable and enjoyable. Sauvignon Blanc is best consumed within a couple of years of harvest. We enjoy Yarden Sauvignon Blanc along with all sorts of foods. Try with Mexican style gazpacho, spiced with a bit of cumin, lime juice and chipotle chili pepper. We also like to sip along with marinated chicken breasts right off a charcoal grill or off the same grill whole rainbow trout, with three diagonal cuts on each side of the fish, rubbed inside and out with a mixture of olive oil, red chili flakes, and crushed dried herbs. Finish the trout with a healthy squeeze of lemon.

The Harvest
A dry winter preceded the 2007 season, resulting in 81% of normal rainfall. A cold March and April gave way to a warm period lasting through the end of July. August and September, our most stable months, did not disappoint us again this year, bringing exactly average temperatures coupled with zero rain- a winegrowing paradise. A warm October shortened the tail of vintage, resulting in a relatively short 13-week harvest. Low yields (8% below expected) helped contribute to a vintage of excellent overall quality. The 2007 Yarden Sauvignon Blanc is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes from three vineyards in the cool northern Golan Heights: Ortal, Ein Zivan and El Rom. A small portion of the wine ferments and ages in French oak barrels, for a bit of added complexity.