Montefiore Syrah 2010 has been awarded 90 points by the Wine Enthusiast. This is the second month in a row a Montefiore wine has scored 90 points. Last month the Montefiore Red 2012 also achieved the same score, in the same magazine.
The Wine Enthusiast is one of America’s most important wine magazines. They have tastings and regularly score wines from all over the world. They are also perhaps the premier suppliers of wine accessories in the USA.
Montefiore Syrah is made 100% from Syrah grapes produced on the vineyard slopes that rise towards Jerusalem. The wine is aged in French and American oak barrels for 14 months. The Montefiore Syrah was selected by El Al Israeli Airlines for its wine list.
Montefiore Winery was founded in 2010 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the founding of Mishkenot Sha’ananim in 1860. This was the first Jewish neighborhood outside the Old City walls and it became the cornerstone of modern Jerusalem.
The first wines were released in 2013. There are two entry level, Mediterranean style blends, the red & white. Then three reserve varietals, Syrah, Petite Sirah & Cabernet Sauvignon. Finally there is the prestige blend, Kerem Moshe.
Mishkenot Sha’ananim was founded by Sir Moses Montefiore, who was the first to encourage Jews living in the Holy Land, to return to agriculture and plant vines. The winery is owned by Arnon Geva, ex Castel and Rachel & David Montefiore, the first members of Moses Montefiore’s family to make Aliyah to Israel.