Tzora Vineyards; The Judean Hills, where Tzora Vineyards resides, rise sharply from the coastal plain, and exhibit ideal growing conditions for growing wine grapes. Terraces cling to this rugged area in a multitude of directions as they follow the contours of the steep slopes. Cold winters, sharp temperature drops during the short summer nights and early morning summer mists, as well as variations in soils from rocky limestone outcrops to ones rich in minerals, all contribute to the character, the balance and the great longevity of the wines.
Tzora Vineyards’ wines are produced from estate grown vineyards and the wines reflect the Judean Hills’ unique terroir. The wines are named accordingly: ‘Judean Hills‘ Red and Blanc, which reflect the historical wine region of Judean Hills; ‘Shoresh‘ Red and Blanc, produced from grapes on ancient terraces of Shoresh vineyard; and the flagship wine – ‘Misty Hills‘, which is being produced from a unique plot with an exceptional terroir.
Winemaker Eran Pick studied at UC-Davis and is the first Israeli to complete the Master of Wine. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the winemaking at Tzora. Jean-Claude Berrouet of Chateau Petrus is a consultant with Tzora as well. Berrouet says, “My idea is that together with Tzora Vineyards we wish to develop a wine that tells a sincere, authentic story of the local soil and climate through people who share their passion, ability and experience.”
Judean Hills Blanc 2016 reflects the character and quality of Tzora’s vineyards, located in the ancient region of Judean Hills. The wine is made from Chardonnay (65%) and Sauvignon Blanc (35%) grapes, grown on old terraces. The soil is shallow Terra-Rosa with subsoil of limestone. The wine went through cool fermentation and Sur-Lie aging for 8 months in French barriques and stainless steel tanks. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation in order to retain the natural acidity and freshness of the wine. It drinks beautifully today and will keep developing in bottle during the next 2-3 years.