Five Stones Vineyards is a new winery based in Givat Yeshayahu. It is a partnership led by Ilan Hasson, with winemaker Sasson Ben Aharon, wine growers Shmuel and Yair Tamir, restaurateur Ofra Ganor, chef and caterer Amit Kaufman and Avinoam Lerner, from the film industry. Hasson, Ben Aharon and Lerner were in the past respectively CEO, winemaker and owner of Binyamina Winery. The winery plan to produce 50,000 bottles from Givat Yeshayahu vineyards in the Judean Hills. There are three labels: D vs G is the entry level, Nobility 215a is the reserve label and Virtuous is the prestige label.
The name 5 Stones comes from the Biblical story of David and Goliath, as does the name of the series, D vs G. The wines released so far are as follows:
Five Stones D vs G White 2016
This is a dry white blend of 65% Gewurztraminer and 35% Sauvignon Blanc grown on the clay and chalk soils of the Judean Hills. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and is unoaked. It combines the aroma of the Gewurztraminer with lychee and rosewater, with tropical fruit and crisp acidity from the Sauvignon Blanc. The wine retails at 75 shekels.
Five Stones Nobility 215a 2016
This dry white wine is made from 95% Chardonnay and 5% Sauvignon Blanc from Judean Hills vineyards. The chardonnay was fermented and aged in French oak barrels for eight months. It is complex, full bodied with a long finish. It has traditional chardonnay and oak flavors, with a twist provided by the Sauvignon Blanc. The 215a mentioned in the winery name is in memory of Yitzhak Tamir z"l, the brother of the grower Shmuel, who fell in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Retail price: 140 shekels
Five Stones Virtuous 2014
A Bordeaux style blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 8% Malbec and 8% Petit Verdot from the clay and chalk soils of the Judean Hills. The grapes were hand harvested, the different varieties were aged separately in 100% new French oak barrels before the final blend was created. The wine comes in a big heavy bottle. It is deep red, with black berry fruit, vanilla from the oak, a full mouth flavor and a long finish. Retail price: 240 shekels.