Yarden Chardonnay, Golan Heights Winery, 2017, Galilee, Israel

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. Yarden Chardonnay is made exclusively from fruit grown in the northern Golan Heights. The wine aged in French oak barrels, of which some 50% were new, for seven months. The 2015 Yarden Chardonnay 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.