Recanati Winery first began producing a light Rosé in 2014 called “Gris de Marselan.” It joined the winery’s classic Rosé and we became the only winery in Israel producing two types of Rosé – at two levels with different traits, from unique varieties and using two distinct winemaking styles. Judean Hills – Upper Galilee, Manara VineyardIn recent years there has been an increase in Rosé wine consumption In Israel, and we welcome this trend. These wines are particularly suited to our regional climate and compliment many foods common in our area. The wines have balanced acidity and are light and fruity with low alcohol.
Grape Variety: French Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat
Winemaking Notes: Recanati’s French Blend is made from French Colombard grapes together with a little Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat. The wine was fermented at low temperature to preserve the grapes’ natural fragrances. Fermentation was stopped with a small amount of natural sugar from the grapes remaining in order to create a wine with a delicate sweetness.
Tasting Notes: A refreshing wine with aromas and tastes of yellow plums, peaches and melon.
Grape Variety: 100% Marselan
Winemaking Notes: : The name “Gris” (grey) in French refers to a wine gentler and lighter in color than Rosé. Gris is produced after the grape skins have been macerated for only a few hours, so the wine adsorbs minimal color and becomes pink with a very gentle flavor. After crushing the grapes, we check the color of the grape juice every hour. Once we have reached the desired hue, we remove it from the tank and it ferments by itself in a separate tank. This process is called “bleeding.” The result is a particularly elegant and refined wine, with a very clear hue and a personality in between Rosé and White.
Tasting Notes: The wine has abundant aromas of flowers, citrus and white fruits. It can be an excellent aperitif or drunk with a meal enhanced by Asian, French or Middle Eastern seasoning.
Vineyards: Upper Galilee
Grape Variety: 80% Barbera, 20% Merlot
Winemaking Notes: The Barbera grapes, which maintain their natural acidity, are destemmed and undergo light crushing. They are then sent straight to gentle pressing and cold fermentation. This is to preserve the wine’s fruity flavors, natural acidity and the refreshing Barbera aroma. The Merlot grapes, from the Manara Vineyard in the Upper Galilee, start off by macerating in stainless steel tanks. When Recanati’s winemakers reach the perfect color from macerating the grapes on their skins, they remove the required 20% juice from the tank. This process is called “bleeding.” The two species are then fermented together and not aged in barrels at all, because we want to preserve the light and refreshing Rosé flavors.
Tasting Notes: Recanati’s classic Rosé is a fruity wine, medium-bodied and refreshing, that maintains a fine balance between acidity and alcohol. The wine has abundant aromas of fresh strawberry, grapefruit and citrus blossoms.
Vineyards: Upper Galilee, Manara Vineyard