2008 Golan Moscato

Year: 2008
Appellation: Golan Heights
Country: Israel
Dessert Wine
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Winery Notes:
The Wine
The aromatic 2008 Golan Moscato, released before the end of the same harvest, shows off bright notes of fresh citrus blossoms, grapefruits, guavas and ripe melons. This lightly sparkling dessert wine is naturally low in alcohol, making it an ideal wine to sip along with dessert after a good meal. Only a true curmudgeon could possibly succeed in not enjoying this wine. While we most enjoy Golan Moscato with dessert, others enjoy it as an aperitif or along with some cool slices of melon on a warm summer afternoon. Golan Moscato is best enjoyed on the fresh side, within about a year and a half of the harvest.

The Harvest
The winter rains preceding the 2008 season came light and early. Winter temperatures were fairly normal with a couple of good snowfalls. Both March and April were unusually warm with average daily highs more than 3oC (5oF) higher than normal. Cooler weather suddenly returned in May pushing the harvest back to its normal start at the onset of August. We started the 2008 harvest with Muscat Canelli from two vineyards in the southern Golan on August 2. The very cold fermentation stops very early, giving us an exceptionally aromatic lightly sparkling dessert wine naturally low in alcohol.