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Tabor Winery has launched Israel’s first wine from the Tannat variety, known in Madiran in France and Uruguay. The wine is one of two single vineyard wines the winery has launched.

The Tabor Tannat 2013 comes from the Shifon Vineyard in the northern Golan Heights and the second single vineyard wine is the Tabor Marselan 2013 from the Revadim vineyard in the Judean Hills. Both wines will retail for roughly 120 shekels.

The Tannat is a texture wine with great depth in terms of deep fruit aromas, full mouth feel and good length. The Marselan has fresh berry fruit, good acidity, soft tannins and a pleasing finish. Both are great additions to Tabor’s portfolio and will interest wine lovers and connoisseurs alike.

Tabor Winery was founded in 1999 by four growers in Kfar Tabor (Tabor Village), in the shadow of Mount Tabor in the Lower Galilee. It is the 5th largest winery in Israel with a name for quality and value. The winery CEO is grower Oren Sella, from one of the founding families. The winemaker is Arieh Nesher, who previously worked for Carmel and Tishbi. He is one of the most experienced winemakers in Israel. He is partnered by Or Nidbach, one of best of the new crop of young winemakers .  They make a great team. One complements the other. The viticulturist is Michal Akkerman, one of the most well-known viticulturists in the country, who previously worked for Barkan. She is pioneering a program to make all Tabor vineyards self-sustainable, the first Israeli winery to make this commitment.

Tabor Winery produces wine under a number of different labels. Har Mt. Tabor is the entry level label, with its striking yellow capsules. The Har Chardonnay was recently listed as one of the top Best Value Wines of the Year, selected by the Wine Enthusiast. There is also a fun sparkling wine label called Pearls (Pnimim).

Next up is Adama, recently launched with a new look. The Adama Merlot recently scored 93 points, then highest ever score for an Israeli wine in the Wine Enthusiast.

There is then a range of high quality level blends, bracketed together as Adama II, but with innovative , individual names like Sufa, Raam, Keshet etc . The Sufa was recommended in Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book.

The new range of single vineyard wines has just been released now, with the Tabor Tannat being a pioneering wine in Israel.  Last but not least, is the prestige wine Tabor Malkiya, a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the Upper Galilee. This is their flagship wine. This was selected as one of the leading 250 wines of the world by the Wine Spectator and Tabor Winery represented Israel at the prestigious and unique New York Wine Experience for the second year in a row.

 Tabor wines are distributed in Israel, by IBBLS, the importers of Diageo, (Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff etc), the leading spirits company in the world. They are in turn part of Israel’s largest beverage company. Royal Wine Corp. imports the wines to America and Kedem Europe is the importer to the UK.

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