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Producer: Chateau KsaraGrape Varieties: BlendedOptimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Fresh lively rose with a hint of spicinessAlcohol by Volume: 13Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Lebanon
Château Ksara is Lebanon's oldest winery. Its traditions can be traced back to 1857 when a group of Jesuit monks acquired the property. The Jesuits applied their knowledge of science and agriculture to plant French vines as well as developing two kilometres of Roman caves that proved ideal for the storage of wine. The Jesuits sold the winery to its current owners in 1973. Ksara is now the most modern winery in the region as well as the largest producer in the country. Their annual production is over 2.8 million bottles and they sell their wines in more than 40 countries worldwide. Château Ksara is certified ISO 9001 and ISO 2200.00 for its viticulture, production and sales guaranteeing quality and consistency year on year.
Sharp changes in diurnal temperatures were registered during the ripening period, which increased the period between véraison and the harvest to over 120 days.
Ksara's vineyards are located in the central and western Bekaa Valley at an average altitude of 1,000 metres. The Bekaa enjoys dry summers and has the advantage of its own natural water table, courtesy of the melting snow that runs off the Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon mountain ranges, therefore no irrigation is needed in the vineyards. The slopes on either side of the valley and the valley itself, create a unique microclimate in which the cool nights compensate for the hot summer days. Vines are either double Guyot or cordon trained and their grapes can be considered to be grown organically because of the very limited used of sulphur-based pesticides. Harvesting is manual and the standard yield of the vineyards is between 40 and 45 hectolitres per hectare.
Selected from the best vats, this wine was obtained by the "saignée" or bleeding method. After 10 to 14 hours of maceration, fermentation was carried out at 18°C. Once alcoholic fermentation is completed, the wine is racked off and stabilised to avoid malolactic fermentation. The wine was then stabilised and bottled in the spring to preserve its ripe fruit flavours.
An aroma of red berries and a hint of spiciness, with an initial roundness in the mouth, some mineral characters and finishing with a fresh and lively taste.
An ideal accompaniment to Mediterranean or Asian cuisine. It also complements crudités and cold meats.
Syrah 60%, Cabernet Franc 40%
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