Victor Schoenfeld, Head Winemaker, Golan Heights Winery:
“The 2004 vintage yielded fruit of the highest quality, which enabled us to produce wines of exceptional quality and character. A clear expression of this quality is the production of single vineyard wines from this harvest in general, and of the 2004 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard in particular.”
Golan Heights Winery launched a new premium wine: the 2004 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard. The wine joins a line of previous single vineyard wines from this vineyard that were produced from the 2001 and 2003 vintages.
2004 is shaping up to be a particularly good vintage for the creation of excellent high-quality wines from various varieties. Victor Schoenfeld, Head Winemaker, Golan Heights Winery: “The 2004 vintage yielded fruit of the highest quality from our vineyards, which is one of the reasons Golan Heights Winery decided to produce Yarden single vineyard wines from this harvest. The 2004 Yarden Merlot Ortal Vineyard and 2004 Yarden Syrah Ortal Vineyard were our first single vineyard wines from this vintage. They are now joined by the 2004 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard, produced from the El Rom vineyard located in the northern Golan.”
Yarden single vineyard wines reflect the philosophy and actions of Golan Heights Winery, which focus on the in-depth study and research of the terroir of the Winery’s vineyards, and its impact on the way various varieties grow and realize their latent potential. Each vineyard and each block receive the utmost individual attention; this is done in a continuous process requiring significant investment, including the development of unique technological methods, while promoting and enhancing the Winery’s experience and creativity. All these make Golan Heights Winery the leading winery in Israel.
Previously, the following Yarden single vineyard wines have been launched:
Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard 2001, 2003
Yarden Merlot Ortal Vineyard 2001, 2004
Yarden Syrah Ortal Vineyard 2004
Yarden Chardonnay Odem Organic Vineyard 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
About El Rom Vineyard
2004 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard expresses the unique terroir of the El Rom vineyard on the Golan Heights, with its ensemble of individual characteristics relating to earth, location, temperature and more. The vineyard is located in a particularly cold area, at an altitude of 1,100 meters. At first glance, the combination of cold climate and the vineyard’s deep soil are not promising conditions for the growing of high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. However, by monitoring the vines’ growth and ensuring that the fruit is not overly shaded, the vineyard consistently produces fruit of exceptional quality.
The El Rom vineyard reflects the comprehensive long-term activities of Golan Heights Winery in the studying and understanding of the unique terroir of its vineyards’ growing region, and in its ability to realize its latent potential.
2004 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom
The 2004 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard was produced from four small vineyard blocks planted from 1983 to 1985. The grapes were harvested from October 23 to October 27, 2004.
The wine aged eighteen months in small French oak barrels, of which about 70% were new.
The aromatic, intense 2004 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard combines ripe black fruits along with bright red fruits, all layered with hints of earth, spice, chocolate and nuances of fresh herb. Its dark color hints at the wines highly concentrated flavor and long finish.
While already easy to appreciate and enjoy, the 2004 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard will continue to develop over the coming years, and should remain in great drinking condition for the next fifteen years or so.
Ideal for festive meals, the wine goes well with full-flavored foods such as a roast shoulder of lamb stuffed with mixed wild mushrooms, or a well-marbled rib eye roast cooked slowly over smoky coals.
The 2004 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard was produced in a limited edition of 15,000 bottles.