This Chardonnay was made from grapes in the Upper Galilee vineyards, which are known in Israel as some of the best vineyards in the country. The wine was fermented and aged in the oak barrel for 6 months. The color of the wine is a light golden, straw that is medium bodied and has a nice floral aroma.
This wine is not overly oaked and has a crispness to it that when enjoyed chilled can be very refreshing. The texture is not to buttery but has a mineral component to it that makes it interesting. The taste is subtle and has a nice finish of roasted almonds. This wine reflects vanilla and citrus flavors of melon and apple. This is a wine to be relished on a warm Summer’s day or even a cool Autumn evening.
The balanced acidity in this Chardonnay makes it perfect to pair with foods such as lemon chicken, a Thai dish or a pasta salad.
By Esther Cohen
About Carmel Appelation
The Appellation Chardonnay is made from the premium vineyards of the Upper Galilee. Part of this wine was barrel fermented and aged sur-lies in oak barrels, for 6 months. This medium bodied white wine has an aroma of green apple, melon and roasted almonds, and is balanced with good acidity. The animal on this label is an oryx.
Appellation wines are distinguished by their attractive labels featuring a variety of fauna from Biblical Israel, in hand drawn, cartoon style. ‘Appellation’ is the second label of Carmel Winery. The wines have received numerous awards and valued recognition for their value and quality
Carmel Winery is the historic winery of Israel. In 1882, sixty-four families came from Romania and settled in what is now the town of Zichron Yaakov. During their first few months there were a lot of hardships in the new community so they reached out to the Jewish community Worldwide to help them and Baron Edmond de Rothschild, an avid Zionist and owner of Château Lafite in Bordeaux, came to help these immigrants by establishing Carmel Mizrachi Winery. Rothschild bought plots of land and gave them to each family so they could cultivate the land and plant vineyards for the winery. The livelihood of the community was surrounded by wine and vine production. Rothschild’s vision for Carmel was that it was the hub for kosher wine for Jewish people around the world. He even opened sales offices in New York, Moscow and Paris.
Carmel Winery is not the oldest winery in Israel, but it is the most influential and largest to date. Carmel actually had the monopoly on the Israeli wine industry for 100 years until in 1983 the Golan Heights Winery was established.
Carmel Winery is a very different winery from when it was established over 120 years ago but more importantly it continues to grow with the modern trends and leads the way for the modern day Israeli wine industry. At the winery, you can see the huge tanks that hold thousands of gallons of wine and they even have some of the cement tanks from the 1930s that are still making the wine.
The story of Carmel represents the story of Israel, and the recent developments of Carmel’s wines, symbolizes the revolution of Israeli wine in recent years.