Pelter Winery: Four New Releases Tasted

By: Daniel Rogov

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?By: Daniel Rogov

Since its establishment in 2002, the Pelter winery has proven itself to be consistently one of the best and most exciting in the country. Located on Kibbutz Ein Zivan on the Golan Heights, winemaker Tal Pel-ter, who studied oenology and worked at several wineries in Australia draws on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Grenache, Tempranillo, Semil-lon, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay grapes, mostly from the Golan and the Upper Galilee with some coming from the Jerusalem Mountains. The winery, one of only four in the country to produce a sparkling wine, releases wines in two series: T-Selection and Pelter. The winery will also be introducing a new flagship wine, ?I?, from the 2008 vintage. Production from the 2002 vintage was about 4,000 bottles. Growth has been well planned, and current production is about 80,000 bottles annually.

Following are reviews of four new releases, three whites from the 2010 vintage and one red from 2009. Pelter comfortably continues to earn five stars in my wine guides.


Pelter, Gewurztraminer, 2010: Off-dry but with fine acidity keeping the wine lively and refreshing. Opens to show traditional Gewurztraminer aromas and flavors of rosewater and litchis, those complemented nicely by notes of green apples, ripe pears and green almonds. Lingers long and comfortably on the palate. Drink now-2014. NIS 100. Score 90.

Pelter, Chardonnay, 2010: As it is every year an unoaked white, damp golden straw in color, medium-bodied and opening to show an appealing array of citrus, tropical fruits and white peaches, all coming together as a refreshing and elegant whole. Drink now-2012. NIS 75. Score 90.

Pelter, Sauvignon Blanc, 2010: Light golden straw with green and orange tints, an unoaked, medium-bodied white with fine balancing acidity. On first attack naval oranges and red grapefruit, those making way for guava and mineral notes that linger nicely. Drink now-2012. NIS 75. Score 90.

Pelter, Trio, 2009: A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% each of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Garnet toward royal purple, gently tannic, reflecting its 14 months in French oak with notes of lead pencils and vanilla. On the nose and palate blackberries, blueberries and cassis, those complemented by notes of roasted herbs and earthy minerals. Tannins and fruits rise nicely on the long finish. Drink now-2014, perhaps longer. NIS 75. Score 90.

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