RECANATI BITTUNI & MARAWI

16/10/2017
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Recanati Winery has launched two wines, Bittuni and Marawi. These are indigenous Holy Land varieties, grown in the West Bank by a Palestinian grower and made by an Israeli winemaker at an Israeli winery situated on the Israeli coast, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, between Haifa and Tel Aviv. Recanati Bittuni is the first release of this wine and the first ever recorded use of this variety for a varietal wine. This is the third vintage of the Recanati Marawi, which was first launched with the 2014 vintage.

Recanati Winery was founded in 2000. It is owned by Lenny Recanati and Uri Shaked. The CEO is Noam Yakobi and the Chief Winemaker is Gil Shatzberg. It produces roughly a million bottles a year. The main labels are the prestige Special Reserve, Reserve, Upper Galilee, and the entry level Yasmin. The initial launch of Marawi created great interest in the international press.

RECANATI BITTUNI

Wine Name: Recanati Bittuni 2016.

Grape Variety: 100% Bittuni.

Vineyard: Central Mountains, near Hebron, West Bank.

Trellising: Hebron pergola.

Soil: Chalk.

Appellation: Judean Hills.

Grower: Palestinian vineyard owner.

Winemaking: Whole cluster fermentation (carbonique maceration).

Aging: 9 months in Burgundian oak barrels.

Production: 2,290 bottles.

Winemakers: Gil Shatzberg & Kobi Arbiv.

Winery: Recanati Winery, Emek Hefer (Hefer Valley), Israel.

Tasting Note: Cherry berry aroma with notes of raspberries and strawberries. Light, refreshing texture with good finish.

Recommended Price: NIS 99.

RECANATI MARAWI

Wine Name: Recanati Marawi 2016.

Grape Variety: 100% Marawi (a synonym of Hamdani.)

Vineyard: Central Mountains, near Bethlehem, West Bank.

Trellising: Hebron pergola.

Soil: Chalk.

Appellation: Judean Hills.

Grower: Palestinian vineyard owner.

Winemaking: Barrel fermentation at low temperatures on its lees.

Aging: 10 months in French oak barrels.

Production: 4,980 bottles.

Winemakers: Gil Shatzberg & Kobi Arbiv.

Winery: Recanati Winery, Emek Hefer (Hefer Valley), Israel.

Tasting Note: Aromas of citrus with flowery notes, a minerally texture and a broad finish.

Recommended Price: NIS 99.

 

Photograph: Eli Prechter 

 

 

 

 

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