Petite Sirah is a variety that first came to Israel in the 1970’s. Initially it was planted to provide structure and color for inexpensive blends. More recently however, by using older vines and drastically reducing yields, wines of great individuality, character and quality have been produced. Petite Sirah may well reflect the true Israeli terroir better than some of the more international varieties.
The Montefiore Petite Sirah 2012 is a very deep colored and full bodied wine with a floral nose of violets, well integrated oak flavors and a rich, chewy palate of bitter chocolate and plums. It has a very long finish.
It was aged in small French oak barrels for 14 months. Decanting is recommended. This wine will go perfectly with a pepper steak or aged hard cheeses.
The photo on the label shows an early photo of Mishkenot Sha’ananim and the Montefiore Windmill, which is a symbol of modern, western Jerusalem.
The Montefiore Petite Sirah is regarded by many as the best varietal Petite Sirah in Israel. It won the Gold Medal Trophy at Eshkol Hazahav, the Israeli Oscars. It has been listed by Hedonism in the West End of London, one of the world’s most famous wine shops. It was also recommended by Oz Clarke in his book ‘Wine A to Z’.
Montefiore Winery is a small boutique winery which was founded to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Mishkenot Sha’ananim, the first neighborhood outside the Old City of Jerusalem. It was founded by Sir Moses Montefiore and became the cornerstone of modern Jerusalem.
Sir Moses Montefiore was a major figure of the 19th century. He was the first to recommend that Jews living in Israel return to agriculture and plant vines and olive trees.
The owners of the winery are Arnon Geva, a wine industry veteran and co-founder of Castel Winery, and Rachel & David Montefiore. They are the sixth generation after Moses Montefiore and the first members of the Montefiore family to make Aliyah. The winemaking consultant is Canadian Sam Soroka, one of the most experienced winemakers in Israel.
The wine is Kosher.