The Kerem Ben Zimra Shiraz 2009 is made from 100% Shiraz grapes. The ideal weather of the Upper Galilee region gives the grapes a superior growing climate and creates a rich flavor of pepper, red fruits, ripe plums and some greens. This wine was oaked in for 14 months in 85% new French oak barrels and 15% American oak barrels. There were only 6,927 bottles made from this vintage.
This wine is deep garnet in color with medium to full tannins. On the nose one can immediately smell the red fruits and black cherries. This wine softens to make way for saddle leather and fresh Mediterranean herbs. The peppery spice can be tasted throughout the wine and gives it a nice kick. This Shiraz can be enjoyed with a salmon or tuna dish, pasta dish and definitely a juicy steak. If stored properly this wine can age for another 5 years.
By Esther Cohen
About Adir Winery
Adir Winery and Dairy was founded by the Ashkanazi and Rosenberg families in 2003. The Rosenberg family originated from Poland and immigrated to Israel in the late 1940s. The Ashkanazi family originated from Turkey and immigrated to Israel in the early 1950s. Both families moved to the Northern Galilee and established Moshav Kerem Ben Zimra. They knew they had to build and sustain a community so both families were a part of developing the agriculture and livestock in the region. In the 1980s the Rosenberg family planted vineyards on the slopes of the Galilee hills. During the same time, the Ashkanazi family was producing cheese and milk from goats in the area. Both families built up their reputation and product so that they were known as some of the best farmers to work with in the developing wine and food industry in Israel. In 2003, the two families combined their efforts and founded ADIR Winery and Dairy. Adir in Hebrew means GRAND or HUGE. Adir is also a combination of their last names Ashkanazi and Rosenberg. The dairy facility and winery facility are in close proximity to the moshav and the new, classy visitor’s center.
The region of Kerem Ben Zimra produces some of the highest quality of grapes in the land of Israel. Because of the fantastic combination of terrior – volcanic, limestone and red soil, sloping hills, cold winters, moderate summers, and certain wind patterns – this region is sought out by winemakers across Israel.The winemaker is Avi Rosenberg, graduated as a Cellar Master from Tel Hai Academic College. His brother, Yossi Rosenberg is the CEO of the Winery and the families can be seen in the Visitors Center on a daily basis.
Adir Winery produces two series, Kerem Ben Zimra, which is a single varietal and oaked in mostly French oak for a year. The higher-end series is the Plato, which is usually a blend of Cabernet and Shiraz from a vineyard that is shaped like a plate. This series is oaked for approximately 20 months in all French oak. Avi has plots of vineyards containing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Chardonnay. They still set some of their grapes to other wineries in Israel. Adir Winery produces 70,000 bottles and is growing every year. It is one of the most talked about wineries in Israel and is winning highly-respected International awards. A visit to Adir Winery in Israel is not to be missed!