A wine from Israel made out of Portuguese grapes, which I have to thank my WSET Diploma colleague Chaim Helfgott the opportunity of tasting.
Grapes - Touriga Nacional and Tinto Cão
Appearance - clear and bright with medium plus intensity ruby colour.
Nose - clean, medium plus intensity youthful aromas of brambly black fruits, some ripe cherry, very slight herbaceous note, kind of minty with a cedar undertone.
Palate - dry, medium acidity a bit on the flabby side, high alcohol, medium level of ripe and round tannins, and a full body. Medium plus intensity flavours again with the red and black fruit fruits in place, blueberry, plum, a hint of strawberry, ripe and creamy, seasoned with a good amount of pungent spice, a little black pepper, liquorice and sweet vanilla. Medium length.
Conclusions (15/20)- Good quality, a warming wine from a Mediterranean climate, nicely mellowed, with well resolved round tannins leading to a creamy texture. Fruit driven and heady but slightly flabby. Has nice fruit concentration and length, but would clearly gain with some extra acidity and a better alcohol integration, it's just a bit out there. Love the spicy after-taste which compensates in part for the lack in acidity, balancing out the ripe jammy fruit.
For those of you who can understand it here is the back label for details, would love to have it translated, if anyone can help I would much appreciate it, drop me a line!
May 2012 And help arrived! Thanks to the attention and kindness of Yael GAI, Golan Heights WineryInternational Sales & Marketing Manager, I now have the information I longed. Here are the label and back label in English: