Cremisan Hamdani Jandali Blanc Star of Bethlehem 2018
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This zippy white shows apricot, peach, and pineapple on the nose, with hints of wet stone. Sour green apple leads into herbal perfume and white melon on the palate, finishing with zingy lemon and lime. No oak and solid minerality are apparent throughout the light body. It is Clean, crisp and dry to finish.
Grown mostly in the area around Bethlehem and Hebron in Palestinian territories, the vineyards are located at 2600 foot altitude. This cooler micro-climate ensures longer hang-times, more controlled ripening, and an overall better structure of acids/sugars in the grapes. Winemaker Ricardo Cotarello used traditional vinification with destemming and soft pressing. The clean juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks with controlled temperature.
The Cremisan Estate was founded in 1863 by Don Antonio Belloni, an Italian missionary, to provide shelter for orphans. In order to ensure the self-sufficiency of the seminary, the winery was established in 1885 and has been managed by the Salesians since 1891. The convent and monastery sit on the border between the West Bank and Jerusalem and the grapes used in the wines are grown both in Shaffa (inside the Palestinian Territories) and Bet Jamal which is on Israeli land. The winery provides professional training and opportunities for local women and men and aims to "cultivating peace through the vine."
The Star of Bethlehem is made from a blend of Hamdani and Jandali, two local white varietals. The wine displays an abundance of steely acidity and mineral flavors with a solid core of fruit on the mid-palate, leading into a brisk, refreshing finish.