Dry White Wine

Avnei Hahoshen Onyx consists of grapes from two vineyards, one in the Judean Hills and the other in the Upper Galilee on the Meron mountain range. Both vineyards are characterized by terra rossa soil over hard limestone bedrock, yielding small crops of Chardonnay, rich in aroma and complexity, and balanced by high acidity. The grapes from the vineyards in the Galilee are bursting with ripe and mildly tropical fruit flavors with floral notes, the grapes from the vineyard in the Judean hills add a clean minerality and zesty fresh citrus finish.




Upper Galilee and the Judean Hills

Barrel Age

10 months

Serving Temperature


Winemaking Process

The Chardonnay clusters are harvested by hand from late August to early September, and are transported to the winery in refrigerated trucks as cool cargo in small crates. After sorting by hand, the grapes are whole bunch pressed. Only the free-run juice extracted is used in order to emphasize the variety’s elegant and complex characteristics. After natural clarification, the juice begins a slow, lengthy and cold fermentation in a tank. After three days, the wine is transferred for fermentation and aging to French oak barrels made by an outstanding barrel manufacturer in Burgundy, each with a volume of 300 liters.

After alcoholic fermentation is complete, the wine moves on to malolactic fermentation which adds complexity and depth of flavors. The wine continues to age sur lie for 10 months, undergoing bâtonnage (mixing of yeast) in a measured and controlled process to add a complex, rich and intense character to the wine. After bottling, the wine continues to age for one more year in our cellars before being released.

Tasting Notes

The Onyx has a lustrous and crystal clear lemon yellow hue and boasts rich aromas of yellow citrus fruit, melon and vanilla on the nose with a remarkable balance between tropical and citrus fruit. The palate reveals a wide, rich body with fabulous complexity that can be traced back to fruit quality and oak barrel influence. The wine demonstrates an excellent balance between fruit intensity and barrel flavors, with refreshing citrus serving as a springboard to a long, rich and round finish. The Onyx is ready to drink from its release date, but with proper storage conditions, it will continue to develop flavor and aroma for three to five years from its vintage date.