The 2017 Yarden Chardonnay is from the Golan Heights Winery. This white wine shows off aromatic lemon, pear and pineapple fruit notes, layered with nuances of flowers, mineral and French oak. This balanced full-bodied wine exhibits nice acidity and a lingering finish. While ready to drink now, the wine will continue to develop for a number of years in the bottle, and should stay in great drinking condition for five to seven years from harvest. Yarden Chardonnay goes wonderfully with roasted chicken with hazelnuts, pan-seared halibut fillets, smoked salmon mousse canapés, or fettuccine with wild-mushroom sauce.
Yarden Chardonnay is made exclusively from grapes harvested from vineyards at elevations up to 1,200 meters (3,900 feet) in the northern Golan Heights, Israel’s coldest winegrowing region. Over the years, the northern Golan has become recognized for producing Chardonnay fruit of remarkable quality. The wine aged in French oak barrels, of which some 40% were new, for seven months.