Vino Levantino features two wines from one of Israel’s top wineries: Clos de Gat. A collaborative project between Kibbutz Har’el, located in the Judean Hills, and Australian-trained Eyal Rotem, Clos de Gat has garnered acclaim ever since releasing its first vintages in 2001. The name reveals the combined traditions behind the wine. In French, “clos” means a vineyard enclosed by stone walls, while “gat” is the Hebrew word for antique wine press. Clos de gat wines are made from hand-picked grapes using a traditional winemaking process.
At Vino Levantino you can sample two of Clos de Gat’s alluring wines:
Clos de Gat, Chanson Rouge, 2012: A blend of over 60% Merlot, 30% Syrah and 7% Mourvedre, this medium-bodied wine is aged in oak barrels. It has good acidity and soft tannins, with hints of raspberry, cherry, cassis, and milk chocolate. Vintages of this wine have received a score of 90 from Daniel Rogov, Israel’s most influential food and wine critic.
Clos de Gat, Syrah, Har’el, 2010: Dark royal purple in color, this full-bodied wine is 90% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is aged in French oak and bottled without filtering. This wine is well-balanced and complex,
with notes of spicy cedar and sage, along with hints of dried berries and black currants. Vintages of this wine have received a score of 93 from Daniel Rogov, and the 2010 vintage is among the best.
While sipping these wines, it’s easy to imagine yourself in the Clos de Gat vineyard near Israel’s biblical Ayalon Valley, a region of rolling hills where Joshua is said to have defeated the five kings. Why not try these elegant wines at Vino Levantino, and let them transport you to a region steeped in thousands of years of winemaking history.
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