Gush Etzion Winery

Unassuming winemaker producing superior wines...
One of Israeli’s premier wine magazines describes winery owner Shraga Rosenberg “… as if he doesn’t belong to the wine scene. He appears as if he apologizes for entering the competitive game of wine making, but the fact is that as soon as he entered this game, he always seems to win.”

Gush Etzion is located in the Judean region, situated south of Jerusalem, at one of the highest altitudes in Israel. This area has been recognized for thousands of years for wine growing. The climate, differences in day and night temperatures, chalky soil, the sloping vineyards, and altitude of over 900 meters above sea level, create ideal conditions for wine growing.

Currently, approximately 120 acres of grape vines were grown from a range of varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot,
Pinot Noir, Syrah, Mourvedre, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Rousanne, and Viognier.

Lone Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012
Lone Oak Cabernet Franc Reserve 2011
SPRING RIVER SYRAH-MOURVEDRE 2013 65% Syrah, 35% Mourvedre. Hand-picked grapes from Judean Hills. Barrel aged 12 months in French Oak, lightly filtered, then bottle aged for 2 years. Medium bodied with soft tannins, flavors of mature fruit and spices, and balanced acidity for a well-balanced wine.
The wine is aged for 19 months in oak barrels until attaining a flavor that is complex, and at the same time elegant, with fragrances of cassis and berries. Deep, dark red, toward black. Intense aroma, dominated by ripe carob and pecan. Full-bodied with firm tannins and a long finish with subtle fruit.

Rogov score 90, 'Top 18 Israeli wines and Top 18 Reds over $25' by The Jewish Week
Cabernet Franc Medium to full-bodied, reflecting its 21 months in Oak with generous soft tannins and notes of spicy Oak. On first attack, plums, tar and minerals, those yielding comfortably to notes of dried cherries, black currants, and hint of mint.

Rogov score 90
90 points, Comprehensive Guide to Israeli Wineries

Lone Oak Pinot Noir Reserve 2012
Blessed Valley Red 2009
Lone Oak Pinot Noir Reserve 2012 100% Pinot Noir. The grapes are grown on the slopes of the Judean Hills. The wine matures in new Oak barrels for 14 months and will continue to age nicely for a few years.
Blessed Valley Red 2009A blend of 77% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Franc, showing dark garnet with a note of adobe brick. Oak-aged for 20 months, demonstrating full body with firm tannins and generous spicy wood. Opens to reveal black and red berries, cassis, and notes of freshly picked Mediterranean herbs, all on a light earthy background.

Rogov score 90
91 points, Comprehensive Guide to Israeli Wineries