The Best Value Competition took place for the 11th consecutive year. The competition is for wines under 79 shekels. As such it is an important competition in Israel, which as a country is often criticized for expensive wines. Twenty judges tasted the wines. These included leading sommeliers and wine professionals.
Best Value is the sister competition of Eshkol Ha’Zahav (The Golden Cluster). Both these competitions are organized by Studio Ben Ami, owned by famous sommelier Avi Ben Ami. They also organize the annual Sommelier Exhibition in Tel Aviv.
The most outstanding performance was by Tabor Winery which won 9 medals in all. Binyamina, Dalton, Golan Heights and Tabor wineries all won two gold medals.
The winning gold medal wines were:
SAUVIGNON BLANC: Tabor Adama Sauvignon Blanc 2018
CHARDONNAY: Segal Free Run Chardonnay 2017
GEWURZTRAMINER: Hayotzer Virtuoso Gewurztraminer 2018
OTHER WHITE VARIETIES: Tabor Adama Roussanne 2017
WHITE BLENDS: Dalton Kna’an White 2018
WHITE BLENDS UNDER NIS 50: Golan Heights Mount Hermon White 2018
MERLOT: Binyamina Reserve Merlot 2015
CABERNET SAUVIGNON: Binyamina Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
SHIRAZ: Carmel Vineyards Syrah Mourvedre 2014
OTHER RED VARIETIES: Mony Nahal Petit Verdot 2015
RED BLENDS: Teperberg Inspire Devotage 2017
BLENDS BASED ON CABERNET: Carmel Appellation Cabernet Shiraz 2015
BLENDS BASED ON CABERNET UNDER NIS 50: Carmel Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
ROSE: Dalton Kna’an Rose 2018
SWEET: Golan Heights Mount Hermon Moscato 2018