The domaine founded in 1988 is at an average altitude of 700m. Most of the vines are on slopes facing north and some in deep valleys facing northwest where the hours of sunshine are shorter. As our hills are the first facing the Mediterranean Sea the vine enjoy an excellent summer breeze even on the hottest days and in winter above average precipitation (usually 700mm). Most winters we get some snow but rarely heavy falls. The soil is terra rossa, clay and limestone with lots of stones and benefits from good drainage, especially as all the vineyards are on sloping ground. It is an ideal "wine country" soil, very similar to some of the best vineyards in the world. In the summer, the average daily temperatures are much lower than usual for the latitude and the prevailing winds are northwesterly. The nights are damp and cool and the days are very dry (35% average relative humidity), which is excellent for mold prevention. The temperature difference between day and night averages at 10 degrees centigrade and can be as much as 16 degrees centigrade during the months of ripening. This is especially suitable to achieve good acidity and phenolic maturity. The harvest is done by hand.
Castel Grand Vin 2014, Judean Hills, Israel
Cabernet Sauvignon: 70%, Merlot: 25%, Petit Verdot: 5%
The wine has a concentrated, complex aroma with notes of berries and spices.
Rich wine, clear, with a silky texture, berry and spicy tones, soft tannins and a long finish
Full-bodied with on the palate layers of black fruit, herbs and spices with notes of graphite and green foliage, the acidity is bracing with well-balanced tannins that have yet to integrate and notes of cigar tobacco and dark chocolate on the long finish. This wine is approachable now but quite austere at this point and has great potential to improve and develop for years to come, well-done. Kosher Wine. Has been selected by the Head Sommelier of Marcus Wareing.
A delicious vintage of Grand Vin, this wine shows great depth and drinkability now with the promise to age gracefully for at least another five years thanks to a ripe fruit center, medium acidity, structured tannins and superb overall balance. Full-bodied, bold, concentrated, and with layer after layer of aromas and flavours that linger on. Look for currants, cherries, plums, and spices on the palate, with hints of cedar. Kosher Wine. Has been selected by the Head Sommelier of Marcus Wareing.