From the day it was founded, Golan Heights Winery, in both philosophy and actions, has focused on 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. This is done in a continuous process requiring significant investment, including the development of unique technological methods, alongside the promotion and enhancement of our experience and creativity. The Yarden Single Vineyard wines are premium wines produced from grapes grown in a single vineyard only. Each individually cared for vineyard block receives the utmost attention, in order to maximize the potential of our terroir.
The 2013 Yarden Bar’on Vineyard is the first-ever release of a single vineyard blended wine from this vineyard.
THE BAR’ON VINEYARD
Located in the northern Golan Heights at an elevation of 1,040 meters (3,400 feet), the Bar’on vineyard topography features both flat plains and a moderate southwest facing slope. Its soil is a mix of basalt and tuff and is well drained. Planted in 2009 with the highest quality vines coming from the winery’s propagation block and nursery licensed by Entav-Inra, Bar’on is one of the winery’s flagship vineyards.
The 2013 Yarden Bar’on Vineyard is made from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Syrah and 11% Petit Verdot. These percentages reflect the proportions of these varieties in this vineyard, thus giving a unique perspective into the specific site.
The 2013 Yarden Bar’on Vineyard features ripe red and black fruit notes, along with characters of pipe tobacco, anise, smoke and espresso, rounded out by hints of herb.
This single vineyard blended wine is complex, full-bodied and richly flavored. The wine aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Though enjoyable while relatively young, the 2013 Yarden Bar’on Vineyard will improve in the bottle in the coming years, and should stay in great drinking condition for well over a decade from harvest. Fitting for festive occasions, the wine goes wonderfully with ribeye steaks, slow-cooked barbequed beef ribs, or a garlic-rubbed leg of lamb.
The 2013 Yarden Bar’on Vineyard was produced in a limited edition of 20 barrels.
THE UNIQUE CHARACTERS OF 2013 VINTAGE
The early, wet winter preceding the 2013 harvest was followed by a warmish spring. While it looked like we were heading for an early vintage, the cool months of June and July led to the harvest starting about one week later than normal. The remainder of the season continued on the cool side. A wonderful feature of this growing period was a distinct lack of extreme weather, either hot or cold. The result was beautiful ripening, with harvest finishing exactly on time at the end
of October. All in all, this was a great season with great wines.