Dry Red Wine | 2013
Several old vines, from Binyamina and Zichron Yaakov regions all non-irrigated ones. As a result of meticulous care in the vineyard from the pruning and until harvest, there were especially low yields (350 kg to 600 kg per ¼ acre) of strong color with a concentrated taste and aromas.
The Carignan was harvested from mid-September to beginning of October. The grapes were delicately pressed and went through fermentation in stainless steel tanks with Punching Down taking place several times per day during alcoholic fermentation. After total skin contact of 16 to 18 days, the wine went through malolactic fermentation and aging in French oak barrels, a third of them new, for 14 months.
The wine has a ruby-black purple color, a balanced structure, very thick and complex. It has a lengthened extension, a blend of strong aromas and tastes comprising prune and blackberry, herbs and an earthy minty tendency.
Vitkin Carignan serves well with spiced lamb and beef dishes and strong tasting cheeses.
It is recommended that the bottle be opened an hour before drinking and decanted before serving. Suggested serving temperature: 18º C.
In order to preserve the richness of its tastes, the wine was not filtered or fined except for cores filtration prior to bottling. For this reason, there may occur, in time, natural sediments, which will not affect its quality.
Storage: Under proper storage conditions, it could develop for 4 to 6 years from harvesting.