The grapes for the Dalton Reserve Merlot come from the Kerem Ben Zimra vineyards and matured for over a year in new French oak barrels.
Dalton Reserve Merlot is a dark, rich wine, with sweet fruit and gentle acidity, that has the classic characteristics of plum, stewed fruit and cherry jam combined with subtle, spicy nuances of vanilla toffee and cloves from the barrels. A good Merlot like this can be enjoyed with lasagna, casserole, grilled meat, grilled steak, chicken or alone.
Manufacturer / Producer: Dalton Winery Merom Hagalil Israel
Growing area / region: Galilee - northern mountains / Upper Galilee (Galil)
Expansion / Sweetness: red, dry, kosher / red, dry, kosher
Alcohol content: 15% vol. contains sulfites
Suggested serving temperature: 16-18° Celsius
Evaluation: Alcohol content: 15% Acidity: 4.9g/l pH: 3.23
Awards: Bronze Medal International Wine and Spirit Competition 2004.
Merlot sourced from the vineyards of Kerem Ben Zimra, was selectively harvested in late September and early October. After a warm fermentation and traditional cap wetting methods the wine was pressed out and racked into new French oak barrels. After the completion of malolactic fermentation the wine was stored in the barrel for just over one year.
Tasting notes: The Merlot is a dark, rich wine, with sweet fruit and soft tannins, showing the classic varietal qualities of plums, stewed fruit and cherry jam, combined with the subtle spicy shades of toffee vanilla and cloves from the barrels.
Food pairing: A good Merlot such as this can be drunk with lasagna, casseroles (meat or vegetarian), grilled meats and barbecued steaks or chicken or enjoyed on its own.
MEDALS: Bronze Medal International Wine and Spirit Competition 2004.