EY Han wrote:A couple months ago I was told by a respected wine store in Jerusalem that they never got any stock of this Yatir Shiraz, 2005, because there were no more bottles to be sold [within Israel?] from the winery. I'm wondering if anyone has done a comparative tasting of this Shiraz with the Bustan Syrah, 2005. I'm thinking of doing something like this…
I did. Both are excellent, albeit different. If your favourite wine store doesn't have them, check http://www.winedepot.co.il
, as of today both are still available in the on-line catalog
Jenise wrote:Jan, a question. Is syrah in Israel always called by the Aussie name Shiraz, or does this reflect a stylistic choice on the part of the winery? I ask because in California, some wineries have chosen "Shiraz" as a selling point to consumers seeking big extract and overtly rich and sweet fruit.
Jenise - The logic (or lack thereof) of Israeli wineries in such matters escapes me*. We have Syrah, we have Shiraz, and in some cases both names from the same winery. The link to style of the wine is there is some cases, nonexistent in others. From an international perspective I believe that nearly all Israeli Syrah/Shiraz is fruit forward, so when buying an Israei 'Syrah', do not expect an austere French style wine. Perhaps Rogov can provide a more detailed response.
*P.S.: The Syrah/Shiraz naming issue in Israel pales in comparison to the question when and how wineries use the terms 'reserve', 'special reserve', etc etc. For example 'selected' is the name of a long-running series from Carmel Wineries that s anything but select...