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Gush Etzion Winery

One of Israeli\'s premier wine magazines describes winery owners Shraga and Tamar Rosenberg \"... as if they don\'t belong to the wine scene. They appear as if they apologize for entering the competitive game of wine making, but the fact is that as soon as they entered this game they always seem to win.\"
 
Gush Etzion is located in the Judean region, situated south of Jerusalem, at one of the highest altitudes in Israel. This area has been recognized for thousands of years for wine growing and merited a special blessing in the bible that Jacob granted to his son, Judah. The climate, differences in day and night temperatures, chalky soil, the sloping vineyards, and altitude of over 900 meters above sea level, create ideal conditions for wine growing.
 
In 2010, approximately 120 acres of grape vines were grown from a range of varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Morvedre, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blac, White, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer Rosen, and Viognier.

EMEK BRACHA
 
A blend of 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc, showing dark garnet with a note of adobe brick. Oak-aged for 20 months, demonstrating full body with firm tannins and generous spicy wood. Opens to reveal black and red berries, cassis, and notes of freshly picked Mediterranean herbs, all on a light earthy background.
 
Rogov score 90
Rated one of top 10 wines by Israeli Wine Gourmet magazine
 
CABERNET FRANC
 
Medium to full-bodied, reflecting its 14 months in Oak with generous soft tannins and notes of spicy Oak. On first attack, plums, tar and minerals, those yielding comfortably to notes of dried cherries, black currants, and hint of mint.
 
Rogov score 90
One of the vineyard\'s premier wines
 
NAHAL HAPIRIM
 
Full-bodied Bordelaise blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Aged in French barriques showing gently mouth-coating tannins and a subtle note of spicy cedarwood revealing currant, blackberries and earthy notes.
 
Rogov score 89
Recipient of the Terravino Gold Medal
A favorite amongst Israeli restauranteurs
 
CABERNET-MERLOT
 
Aged in Oak for 14 months, full-bodied with soft tannins that make the wine simultaneously sleek, complex and bold. Opens with dried berries, currants and earthy minerals, goes on to reveal notes of spices and tobacco that linger long and comfortably.
 
Rogov score 90
 
SHIRAZ
 
Dark garnet toward royal purple, medium to fullbodied, a ripe and intense wine with wild berry, black cherry and notes of green peppers and freshly turned earth, all leading to a long and generous finish.
 
Rogov score 88
 
SAUVIGNON BLANC
 
Golden straw in color, light and fragrant with generous melon, peach, nectarine and lemon fruits highlighted by notes of freshly picked herbs. Juicy and refreshing.
 
Rogov score 88
 
These fine Gush Etzion Wines
are available at selected retailers:
 
Skyview Wines & Liquors
Kosherwine.com
Galore
Chateau de Vin
Bowery & Vine