Clos de Gat
Clos de Gat is situated in foothills of the Judean Mountains, bordering Israel’s biblical Ayalon Valley, where Joshua defeated the five kings. An ancient “Gat” (Hebrew for winepress), pre-dating the Roman period, is located in the grounds of the modern winery, set in the heart of the Clos de Gat vineyards, which cover an area of forty-seven acres (nineteen hectares). The regions rolling hills and valley have supported grapevine cultivation for thousands of years. The combination of thin topsoil on limestone- bedrock, coupled with a micro-climate makes it possible to grow grapes of outstanding quality. Clos de Gat relies on the vineyard’s natural yeasts for the fermentation process, imparting greater layers of complexity to the wines granting the fullest expression of the estate’s superb “terroir”.
A superb wine clearly reflecting the terroir characteristics inherent in the Harel wines of Clos de Gat . The wine has a deep dense purple colour. On the nose it is intensely aromatic and complex, discreetly oaked, with classical spicy peppery and red fruit aromas. On the palate the wine is full bodied, well balanced, fresh with good acidity and well rounded tannins. The finish is long, lively and elegant.
The perfect parter to slow cooked smoky pulled pork butt with chipotle mayo. Delicious!
Produced by traditional vinification methods. The grapes are handpicked and after rigorous sorting and crushing they are transferred to open fermentation tanks. After ageing for 16 months in 35% new French oak barrels and racked every 4 – 6 months, the final blend is bottled without fining or filtering.