It is a wine grown in the famous award winning Kayoumi vineyard, at 780 meters elevation, in the foothills of Mount Meron in the Upper Galilee. Kayoumi has become one of the most famous vineyards in Israel. It is sloped with Terro rossa and volcanic soil. The climate is Mediterranean and the vines grown in the VSP trellis system.
The wine is made from Shiraz with a small percentage of Viognier. The grapes were machine harvested and brought to Carmel's nearby Kayoumi Winery where they were fermented. Then the wines were aged for 15 months in 300 liter French oak barrels (40% new) at Carmel's 100 year old Zichron Ya'acov Cellars, on the southern slopes of Mount Carmel, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
The wine has an overall elegance. It has a delicate aroma of ripe blueberries, black pepper and a hint of smoked meat. It has a satisfying chewiness, with soft tannins and well integrated oak, and a long satisfying finish.
The winemaker is Lior Lacser, who studied in Beaune and has work experience in Burgundy, Bordeaux and Australia.
Carmel Winery is the historic winery of Israel, founded in 1882 by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, owner of Chateau Lafite, the famous Bordeaux winery. Their single vineyard Kayoumi Shiraz won the International and Regional Trophy at the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2010 and has received 90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
The Carmel Kayoumi Shiraz 2011 retails for about 120 shekels in Israel.