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Tasting Notes

Similar in style to a Marsault Chardonnay from France this is one of the most critically acclaimed chardonnays made in Israel.  Coming from the organic Odem Vineyard in the northern Golan, this wine his received multiple +90 scores from world renown wine critics.  

I have had every vintage of this wine since the 2002 bottling and this wine only gets better with age.  Fermented in French oak barrels and aged sur lies for seven months, this wine has perfect balance of fruit and acidity.  With notes of apricot, citron, potpourri, and vanilla, this wine pairs perfectly with cheeses, grilled fish, and summer faire.  

Mineral driven and focused I would recommend ageing this wine as it develops immensely after 3-5 years.  With time in a cellar or wine fridge, the Odem Chardonnay will take on the characteristics of any great white Burgundy!  A must have for any wine collection

By David Benisrael


About Odem Winery

Created as a joint venture between eight Israeli Moshavim and Kibbutzim, the Golan Heights Winery first vintage was released in 1984 and since then has been considered the leading winery in Israel.   With accolades and 90+ wine scores from some of the most famous wine critics in the world, the Golan Heights winery have shown the global wine industry that world class wine can be made in Israel. 


With over 6 million bottles of wine produced a year the the Golan Heights winery markets brands under the Golan, Yarden and Giggal labels and is the parent company of Galilee's Galil Mountain Winery.

The winery sources its grapes form prestigious areas all over the Golan Heights and the vineyards are planted in a terrior made up of  volcanic soil and the quintessential Mediterranean climate.  The chief winemaker is California trained Victor Schoenfeld and the winery blends modern wine making technology with high quality control to make some of the best wines in Israel.  When it comes to consistency and quality the Golan Heights Winery has set the standard for the Israeli wine Industry and leads the market with its Rom, El Rom, Katzrin, and Odem vineyards and reserve wines.  If you are looking for the highest level of Israeli wine, you have found it.