An Israeli Shiraz with Notes of Ripe Berries and Pepper
The Binyamina Winery was first founded in 1952 by Joseph Zeltzer, a Hungarian immigrant who moved to Israel to pursue his dream of producing his own wine. Back then, the winery specialized in the production of simple table wines, sweet wines and liqueurs made from grapes sourced from the Binyamina wine region. In the decades that followed, the winery changed hands several times until the early 1990's, when it was acquired by movie industry executives, who saw its potential as an Israeli cultural and agricultural treasure. Over the course of 14 years, the new owners invested heavily to upgrade the vineyards, purchase state-of-the-art equipment and construct one of the finest barrel cellars of Israel. In August, 2008, the winery passed to private investors and is now run by Chief Winemaker Sasson Ben Aharon and Winemaker Asaf Paz. The Reserve Shiraz 2011 by Binyamina Winery is a red wine made from grapes from two adjacent regions, the cooler Upper Galilee (with a combination of basalt and terra rossa soil on a limestone bedrock providing the roots with plenty of air) and the hot and dry southern Gola Heights (dominated by deep basalt soil with some limestone mixed in). This Israeli wine blends Shiraz and Viognier and was aged in oak barrels for 14 months.
The Binyamina Reserva Shiraz 2011 presents a deep ruby red color in the glass, seducing the taster as soon as the wine is poured. On the nose, this Israeli wine reveals aromas of ripe berries and white pepper, along with a light smokiness, coffee and chocolate notes. On the palate, the Binyamine Reserve Shiraz 2011 is quite full-bodied, with a texture perfectly balanced with freshness. Abundant flavors of ripe black forest fruits and herbs come through on the palate, ending with a very balanced and long finish.