The Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz is an excellent wine for the quality and price point! It is such a versatile wine that it really goes well with lunch, appetizers, a pasta dish, meat dish, sushi, on a warm Summer day and on a chilly Winter evening.
This wine is comprised of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Shiraz. The grapes are from the Upper Galilee, which is a premium terrior in Israel for grape growing. The wine was oaked for 12 months in old and new French barrels. This gives the wine a nice spice and flavors of cedar, tobacco and chocolate. There is an elegant balance of blackberries, vanilla and a taste of the Galilee soil. The finish on this wine is not over powering but does linger and leave your taste buds happy. I highly recommend this wine and it is one of my favorites in the Appellation series.
By Esther Cohen
About Carmel Appelation
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.