Clos de Gat Har’el Merlot 2013, Judean Hills, Israel

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Clos de Gat Har’el Merlot 2013, Judean Hills, Israel
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Our second foray into the world of Israeli wines, the Har'el Merlot comes hot on the heels of the Syrah, which hit the ground running when we brought it in last year. From top producer Clos de Gat, this sumptuous Merlot is aged in new French oak for 15 months, resulting in a super-powered aroma of compote berry fruit and herbal notes. To taste, it's equally potent, but with a velvety texture and full-bodied palate that makes it a lot more than a one-hit wonder. Try it with grilled lamb, Mediterranean vegetables or strong cheese.

Buy this if...you're looking to increase your red wine repertoire.


Stop the bus! This was so exciting, smooth and fruity, a great addition to your unusual wines. Gemma
2 review(s)
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Percentage Alcohol

14.0

Region

Judean Hills

Grape Variety

Merlot

Country

Israel

Style

ArrayFull-Bodied Red, Oaked Red

Vintage

2013

Food Match

ArrayCheese (Strong), Lamb, Mediterranean

Vegetarian

Vegetarian

£17.95
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The Producer

Clos de Gat is situated in foothills of the Judean Mountains, bordering Israel's biblical Ayalon Valley. An ancient 'gat' (Hebrew for winepress), pre-dating the Roman period, is located in the grounds of the modern winery, set in the heart of the Clos de Gat vineyards, covering 19 hectares. After months of painstaking analysis of diverse plots of land, owner Eyal Rotem planted a selection of noble grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Chardonnay, with small, experimental amounts of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.
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The Winemaker

Eyal Rotem is the eponymous owner, viticulturalist and winemaker who concentrates on carefully matched grape varieties to specific plots, low yields, natural yeasts and subtle use of oak to bring out the best in the wines. The red wines are made using both open and closed stainless steel, temperature controlled fermentation tanks. After barrel ageing the wines are transferred to settling tanks for several weeks prior to being bottled unfiltered.

The Region

The Judean hills and valley, with Jerusalem nestling in the middle, are often likened to the rolling Tuscan hills, and have supported grapevine cultivation for thousands of years. The combination of thin topsoil on limestone-bedrock, coupled with an ideal micro-climate makes it possible to grow grapes of outstanding quality. The climate is Mediterranean, with hot, sunny days and the higher altitude allows for fresher styles.
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Worth it

With your eyes closed this could be a good St Emillion. With your eyes open, it's a pleasant deep red with a hint of russet. Lovely, Summer-fruity on the nose. Initially quite sweet, then slight 'Victory V' taste. I get a suggestion of oregano too. Pretty smooth. I enjoy the provenance of the wine; prophecy fulfilled. Overall, classy. It is expensive, but worth it.

By Paul on 06th February 2018

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Red

Stop the bus! This was so exciting, smooth and fruity, a great addition to your unusual wines.

By Gemma on 06th October 2017

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Oregano Lamb Cutlets

Simple and quick to prepare, the delicate flavours of the lamb and herbs pair perfectly with smooth, soft reds. Try a smooth, velvety oak aged red - try Merlot or Tempranillo.
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Baked Cheese with Herbs

Match this decadent baked cheese with a ripe, dark fruited red such as Merlot or Shiraz.
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BBQ Lamb Kebabs

Pair grilled or barbecued lamb with lightly oaked reds - try Mediterranean reds with lots of ripe fruit flavours.
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