Hello Folks! I did a small tasting this morning of 3 wines from Or Haganuz, a winery founded in 2005 in the Galilee at the Chassidic Breslav village of Or Haganuz, close to Har Meron. This winery is showing constent improvement as I've noticed at IsraWinExpo last February. This winery is especially popular among the Chareidi (generally speaking, those jews wearing the black hats and suits) crowd, as it carries the Badatz HaEda HaChareidit
kashrut certification, recognized by most as the strictest of all. Their Kahor style dessert red wine, Har Sinai, is very popular.
I tasted 3 wines: Kerem Marom Hilel VeDan (Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz/Cabernet Franc) 2009, Har Glili 2011 (Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc) and Kerem Amuka Nevoria 2011. Honestly, to say that the labels of Or Haganuz are confusing would be an understatement!
Or Haganuz, Har Glili 2011: This an unoaked, off-dry blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc (the exact proportions are unknown to me though). Very pale gold in color, medium-bodied with on the nose fresh ripe grapefruit and butterscotch, followed on the palate by lemon zest, green apples and again a hint of butterscotch on the moderately long finish. Not very complex but pleasant and refreshing, should be served chilled.
Or Haganuz, Kerem Marom Hilel VeDan 2009: A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Cabernet Franc. Very dark garnet with on the nose ripe plums and blackberries, on the palate plums, blackberries and freshly cut grass, a hint of dates and sweet cedar along with some earthy notes and a light peppery spiciness with almost chewy tannins on a very long mouth-filling finish. An interesting wine indeed with quite some complexity although lacking a tiny bit of acidity for me.
Or Haganuz, Kerem Amuka Nevoria 2011: This is an off-dry Rosé, salmon pink in color, on the nose ripe peaches and apricots along with strawberries, sweet peaches on the palate along with candied cherries as well as notes of honeysuckle leading to a long finish. This is not really the kind of stuff that I like but as Rogov z.l. used to quote Lincoln in such cases, people who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like
Don't ask me what are the varieties used for this wine as I've no idea. My guess would be Merlot and Syrah.