Tzora Vineyards Judean Hills Kosher White Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc 2021
(Galilee, Israel) - [WS 90, #93 Top 100 of '22]
Regular price $40.00 Sale price $38.97 Save $1.03
About the Wine:
The Judean Hills, where Tzora Vineyards resides, rise sharply from the coastal plain, and exhibit ideal growing conditions for growing wine grapes. Terraces cling to this rugged area in a multitude of directions as they follow the contours of the steep slopes. Cold winters, sharp temperature drops during the short summer nights and early morning summer mists, as well as variations in soils from rocky limestone outcrops to ones rich in minerals, all contribute to the character, the balance and the great longevity of the wines.
Winemaker Eran Pick studied at UC-Davis and is the first Israeli to complete the Master of Wine. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the winemaking at Tzora. Jean-Claude Berrouet of Chateau Petrus is a consultant with Tzora as well. Berrouet says, “My idea is that together with Tzora Vineyards we wish to develop a wine that tells a sincere, authentic story of the local soil and climate through people who share their passion, ability and experience.”
Judean Hills Blanc reflects the character and quality of our vineyards, located in the ancient region of Judean Hills. The wine is made from Chardonnay (80%) and Sauvignon Blanc (20%) grapes, grown on old terraces. The soil is shallow Terra-Rosa with subsoil of limestone. The wine went through cool fermentation and Sur-Lie aging for 7 months in French barriques and stainless steel tanks. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation in order to retain the natural acidity and freshness of the wine. It drinks beautifully today and will keep developing in bottle over the next 2-3 years.
90 Points, #93 Top 100 of 2022 - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A generous style, with lush sweet apple and pear highlighted by candied pineapple and warm toast. Salty minerals beautifully offset the richly textured palate of this well-knit white. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Kosher. Drink now through 2031. 900 cases made, 360 cases imported." - Bruce Sanderson (Oct 2022)