Dalton Winery have launched a single vineyard semillon. This is one of four single vineyard wines recently released.
Semillon is one of those grapes that the Israeli wine industry used for simple white wines during the years of mediocraty. In those days, the most simple reds were made from Carignan and Petite Sirah, and Colombard, Chenin Blanc and Semillon did the same job for whites. Grenache was associated with rose, and not red wines.
With new expertise, pioneering wineries are learning that each of these varieties have something to offer when quality is the object and not mass production. Carmel & Vitkin revived Carignan and Petite Sirah by focussing on older vines and reducing yields. Kerem Shvo and Sea Horse are two small wineries that have returned the focus to Chenin Blanc. Mony produced a fragrant fresh varietal Colombard that had great reviews. Avidan and Chateau Golan were the first to bring back Grenache.
Now Dalton Winery have released the Dalton Semillon, Elkosh Vineyard 2012. The vines come from a vineyard only planted in 2009. The altitude of the vineyard is roughly 700 meters above sea level. The wine was fermented in used barrels and then aged for a further four months. Surely the winemaker Naama Sorkin, has in mind the Hunter Valley Semillons she would have seen when she studied in Australia. The wine costs 99 shekels and is worth a try in order to judge the potential of this variety in Israel.
In addition to the semillon, Dalton Winery also launched a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot.
Dalton Winery is situated in the Upper Galilee on the Dalton industrial estate. The winery was founded in in 1993 by the Haruni family.