Yarden Bar’On Vineyard


Golan Heights Winery


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Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah & Petit Verdot 
Name: Yarden Bar’on Vineyard 2016
Type of wine: Dry red wine
Analytical data:
Alcohol 15.0 %
Acid (g / L) 5.9
pH 3.57
RS Dry

The Wine

The 2016 Yarden Bar’on Vineyard displays ripe raspberry, cherry, blackberry and plum fruit notes, alongside characters of coffee beans, smoked meat, anise, cedar, violets, tobacco and sandalwood. This single vineyard blended wine is complex, rich and chewy, and exhibits full body with a long and satisfying finish.

Though tempting to drink now, the 2016 Yarden Bar’on Vineyard will improve in the bottle over the coming years and remain in great drinking condition for a decade or more from harvest. We love pairing this festive wine with Bordeaux-style ribeye steak, free-range veal osso buco, or grilled lamb chops with a fennel relish.

The Vintage

2016 was a remarkable vintage. After a routine winter, February saw average daily highs about 4oC (7oF) above normal, setting the stage for a warm spring. Lighter winter rains coupled with normal spring rainfall resulted in 75% of average annual precipitation. A mild summer was not enough to cancel out the impact of the warm spring, resulting in a fast and furious harvest – the shortest in 22 years. The beautiful summer led to wines of exciting quality, proving once again that the vagaries of a particular vintage do not prevent the Golan Heights from producing consistently exceptional wines.

This single vineyard wine is made from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Syrah and 11% Petit Verdot harvested exclusively from the Bar’on Vineyard. Situated in the northern Golan Heights, the vineyard is located at an elevation of 1,040 meters (3,400 feet). The wine provides unique insight into this specific vineyard, as these blending percentages reflect the proportions of the three varieties grown there. The wine aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.

The Appellation

The Galilee (or Galil) is the most northern, and generally considered the best, appellation in Israel. The highest quality area within the appellation is the Golan Heights (or simply the Golan), the coldest region in Israel. The vineyards on this volcanic plateau rise from 400 meters (1,300 feet) above sea level to 1,200 meters (3,900 feet) and receive snowfall in the winter. Golan Heights Winery is located in the town of Katzrin in the central Golan.