The 2015 Marawi Reserve was aged for six months in mostly (90%) used French barriques. It comes in at 12% alcohol. This interesting indigenous grape is a bit on the different side, with some hints of musk and maybe a bit of a Chenin character.
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Grape Varieties100% Marawi
DescriptionLocated in Israels Hefer Valley, the Recanati Winery is a showcase winemaking facility, equipped with the most innovative technology available today. Owned by Lenny Recanati, a native of Israel with ancestral roots stretching back to Italy, the winery is the fruit of Lennys life-long dream to produce truly world-class wines. Chief winemaker is Gil Shatsberg, a graduate of the U.C. Davis wine program. Formerly a winemaker at Israels Amphorae and Carmel wineries, Gil brings to Recanati proven expertise in his field, allied to a devotion to artistry and craftsmanship in winemaking.
The story of Marawi is a fascinating one. The wine is the result of a rare partnership between an Israeli winery and a Palestinian vineyard. Paying homage to the wines heritage, there is both Hebrew and Arabic on the label. The variety, also known as Hamdani, is one of a handful of indigenous varieties to Israel. It is believed this grape may have existed over 2,000 years ago. With Recanatis Marawi 2014, this was the first commercial release of a wine made from an indigenous variety.
VinificationGrapes are dry-farmed (no irrigation) at 750m asl from a very small vineyard of only 0.6 ha from 30-year-old vines. The vineyard has a limestone-clay soil base. Grapes are hand harvested in the early morning. The grapes are purchased from a leased vineyard in Palestine.
NoseIntense aromas of apricot, guava, jasmine and strawberry
PalateFull-bodied in the mouths with flavors of honeydew melon and lemon. A touch of minerality.
AnalysisAlcohol: 12.5 %pH: 3.4TA: 5.1g/L
Serving SuggestionsDelicious with grilled red meats and hearty stews. Serve slightly cooler than room temperature.