Winemaker Doron Rav Hon of Sphera White Concepts has pioneered an Israeli winery that makes only white wine—the portfolio includes Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, the First Page blend, and the White Signature blend. Doron believes in minimal intervention with the grape in making the wine, from the moment that the juice is expressed from the berries, its cold fermentation process in steel tanks, to the bottling. Most of his wines are un-oaked, fermented in steel tanks for 7-8 months, and bottle aged until release. The result is a smooth, refreshing, low alcohol (12.5%-13.0%) low PH (approximately 3.5) feast for your palate. Paired with artisan cheeses, I believe this wine will confound experts in blind tastings. The 2014 Sphera White Concepts chardonnay, to be released in May, is redolent of watermelon and has mineral notes that I can’t wait to taste against several White Burgundies. At 95 shekels retail, (about US $25) with only 4,500 bottles produced, Sphera is entering the market with a splash!
Another extraordinary white that we tasted is the 2014 Jezreel Levanim Gewurtzraminer Blend—imagine a blend of Gewurtzraminer, Chardonnay, and Colombard—have you ever had that anywhere else or even heard of such a blend?
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