Praton Winery, France (Praton Winery)
Passover is coming, a time that is one of the two heaviest drawing stones in the industry, the one when everyone-including-everyone buys a lot of wine.
For Seder night, for the next day's barbecue or leftovers meal, for the feasts and picnics of Chol HaMoed, and for the second holiday.
A concentrated wine week in which some families consume more wine than the entire year.
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a lot of wines are released by the local wine industry to the wine shops and supermarkets for the holiday, of all types and at all price levels, and the current review, on a blue-and-white basis only, of course, tries to provide an option for all - enthusiasts who are not at all knowledgeable in the field Experienced sippers with mileage.
Along with the wide price range, it is characterized by a considerable stylistic diversity.
From extroverted and seductive wines to those that maintain refinement and restraint, for those who know how to appreciate their taste.
I sampled a lot of wines during the weeks working on this review.
If I had swallowed them all, as opposed to using maraca, I probably wouldn't have been able to write these lines, and in any case the final list is not trying to present the "best wines for the holiday", but to highlight only one bottle from each winery, and to indicate one of the two biggest wine days of the year with us
Cheers, and Happy holidays!
Passover wines at a price of NIS 59-80 (photo: photo processing)
The creator, Danza, Bolero 2021, NIS 59
56% Merlot combined with Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon create a powerful, fruity, extroverted and unpretentious red blend, which provides a very good value for the price.
Binyamina, Green Bean White 2022, NIS 65
Sauvignon Blanc that bursts with carnivorous and citrus aromas, with quite a bit of herbaceousness and sourness that balances a great presence.
A wine in the spirit of the "new world" that is well made and goes well with fish, seafood and cheeses.
Galilee Mountains, Galilee, Cabernet Sauvignon 2022, NIS 75
The Galilee Mountains have been making good wines at moderate prices for years, which provide good value for money.
The current wine is another typical successful product of theirs, which provides a lot of wine for not a lot of money, and will hold any meat meal on the holiday without difficulty.
Teperberg, Essence, Rosa 2022, NIS 79
Dry rosé based on 100% Kaldok grapes from the Judean slopes.
Abundant red fruit, dominant and intense acidity, very fresh.
A happy and jubilant rosé that is technically flawless.
for picnics and trips during the holidays.
Barkan, Platinum 2020, 79 shekels
In the previous wine we talked about a lot of wine without a lot of money.
The current wine is already a lot of wine for NIS 79.
A "workhorse" that will also hold serious meals that stylistically fits the whole thing without being excessively flattering.
Darom, Rosé 2022, NIS 79
A fresh, happy, clean and precise rosé that is evident in really fun fruit and a high gastronomic factor.
Good and even better for picnics the day after the Seder night and the holiday weekdays.
Definitely good work by "South", the label of Yatir Winery.
Vitkin, White Israeli trip 2022, NIS 80
Vitkin Winery is a pioneer of the Mediterranean revolution in the local wine industry.
Their "Israeli Journey" series provides base wines that reflect something from the core of the winery's concept, without pretension and at very reasonable pricing.
The current wine, based on Colombard from mature vines, with the addition of Chenin Blanc, white Grenache, Viognier and Gagostreminer, is one of the more successful official refreshers of the coming spring and summer.
White fruit, citrus and florals.
Lovely acidity, great sharpness and an equally excellent freshness factor.
For food, a picnic or just a happy afternoon sip. Beautiful wine at a beautiful price.
Vio La France!
What more can we ask for wine for NIS 85?
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Wines for Passover at a price of NIS 110-129 (photo: photo processing)
Feldstein, Rossan 2021, NIS 110
It's always interesting to pop a cork from a bottle of the veteran and gifted winemaker Avi Feldstein.
The current Roseanne-based wine promotes impressive minerality, solid body, sharpness and freshness.
Brioche, honeydew and a floral note for dessert are part of the equal package.
Great wine, for those in the know.
Tabor, Single Vineyard, Marsalan 2019, NIS 110
100% Marsalan from Rabadi Vineyard at the top of the Yehuda Mountains.
Powerful and fruity and at the same time restrained and soft, wonderfully spicy.
Mediterranean at its best.
A great wine for meat meals that provides an explosion of value for NIS 110.
Recanati, Kerem Kidron, Chenin Blanc 2020, NIS 115
Chenin Blanc is a fascinating variety that is finally starting to get the focus it deserves in our places.
The current wine comes from Baal's vineyard in the Yehuda lowlands which was planted in 1975 and rested on its lees for 12 months.
It has an impressive aromatic complexity, honey and mineral dimensions and very present acidity.
A really excellent wine, which will take any meal from the sea to really good places.
Nana, Chardonnay 2022, NIS 120
The Nana vineyard in Mitzpe Ramon produces great grapes.
The current wine, based on Chardonnay, half of which was left in stainless steel and half in barrels on the yeast, gives an unequivocal expression to the uniqueness of the area from which it comes.
Great fruit, not excessive, excellent acidity, minerality and plenty of character.
White is excellent by any measure.
The Golan Heights, Jordan, Cabernet Franc 2019, NIS 129
Cabernet Franc grapes from vineyards in the center of the Golan Heights that are harvested for the second time.
18 months of aging in full-bodied barrels, plenty of red and black fruit and lots of spices.
Lots of polish, elegance and tightness.
Elegant, velvety and as always at the Golan Heights Winery - technically perfect wine.
Cabernet Franc in the spirit of the new wine world is excellent of its kind.
Wines for Passover at a price of NIS 150-350 (photo: photo processing)
Raziel, Raziel 2020, NIS 150
The tiny garage winery of the Ben Zaken family, owners of Castel Winery, produces wines that are stylistically very different from those used in the old and established family winery.
A blend of Mediterranean varieties (Syrah, Grenache, Morbader and Carignan) with excellent fruit, spices and lots of herbage.
Full body with a tingle of spices, restraint, softness and earthiness.
An excellent food wine for lovers of the Mediterranean style.
Carmel, Single Vineyard, Volcano Tel Mahfi Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, NIS 160
Cabernet Sauvignon from Tel Mahfi Vineyard in Carmel.
18 months aging in barrel.
Powerful but restrained, high in alcohol but soft.
A really excellent wine with a high gastronomic factor.
Yaakov Uria, Melchizedek 2017, NIS 160
An orange wine based on Roussanne, Viognier and Semyon fermented on its skins.
You can literally feel each of the components of this wine - the semion provides texture and the ability to age.
The Hoyonier and Roussanne are aromatic.
A complex but light wine.
Not one that screams its uniqueness and funkiness like orange wines are used to.
Complexity and refinement coefficients are really high.
Bat Shlomo, Betty's Cuvee 2018, NIS 190
92% Cabernet Sauvignon plus a little Cabernet Franc and Betty Verdot.
Plenty of fruit, plenty of depth, lots of softness and lots of elegance.
A wine that stylistically leans towards the new wine world but avoids excessive extroversion.
Expensive but provides good value for money.
Jerusalem, Quint Essence Reserve 2010, NIS 199
A sweet dessert wine based on Semyon grapes combined with Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.
4 years aging in barrel and another five in bottle.
Depth of flavors, full and sweet.
For sipping cold, alongside dessert.
Ben Haim, Grand Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, NIS 350
The family winery from Ramat Hasharon is known for its rich and extroverted wines.
The current wine, based on Cabernet Sauvignon with a little Cabernet Franc and Petit Syrah continues the abundant and extroverted line.
Lovers of wide and thick wines will feast here.
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