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Roussanne

Dry White Wine

Binyamina Reserve Roussanne is made from a combination of Roussanne grapes with a dash of Marsanne and Viognier grapes. The Roussanne and Marsanne grapes are harvested from vineyards on the Gilboa Mountain and the Viognier is harvested from a vineyard in the southern Lachish region. Binyamina’s first ever Roussanne was produced with a 2012 vintage and was lauded as a worthy representative of the Mediterranean wines that have recently occupied center stage on the local wine scene.

Variety

Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier

Appellation

Gilboa Mountain

Barrel Age

One third – 6 months

Serving Temperature

6-10°C

Winemaking Process

Each of the three grape varieties are harvested by hand at dawn, with each variety harvested at a slightly different time to optimize grape ripeness and enhance the accumulation of rich grape aromas while maintaining a refreshing character. Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes are promptly destemmed and pressed to extract the free-run juice used to produce this wine. Natural stabilization is followed by alcoholic fermentation of the clear juice. Slow fermentation at a temperature of 12°C follows, after which the wine is briefly aged in a stainless steel tank. A small amount of each variety is transferred to French oak barrels to complete fermentation and enrich their complexity. After several months of aging in the barrels, the oaked wine is added into the final blend before bottling.

Tasting Notes

With its soft shades of yellow with a hint of gold in the glass, this wine delights with aromas of apricot and a subtle white floral note. Complex and textural on the palate, honeyed elements shine through but are delicately balanced with refreshing citrus aromas.