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Producer: Chateau OumsiyatGrape Varieties: Obeidy 92%, Sauvignon Blanc 4%, Viognier 4%Optimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Aromatic fresh yet fruity whiteAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Lebanon
Made from predominantly Obeidy, an indigenous Lebanese white variety, this wine has exotic, mineral flavours with hints of peach through to a lovely, whistle clean salty finish.
Passion and heritage has been passed down through the Bou Sleiman family for four generations. When Joseph Bou Sleiman took over the reins at Château Oumsiyat, he blended respect for local tradition with modern techniques to craft contemporary wines. A passionate vine grower, Joseph also built a modern winery in the village of Mtein, where he creates wines that are a fusion of Old World and New World. The grapes are grown in the 78 hectare vineyard, situated at over 1,000 metres elevation in the beautiful Bekaa Valley, between Mount Lebanon to the west and the AntiLebanon Mountains to the east. The altitude, microclimate and soils combine in this ancient terroir to produce fresh wines with a very Mediterranean “feel.”
2018 was characterised as an early vintage. Low rainfall during winter was followed by hot, dry conditions in the summer. The dry, warm weather helped keep the vineyard disease free and produced grapes with good concentration of fruit. The vintage took place earlier than in average years, with fruit in excellent health.
The vines are planted at an altitude of 1,000 metres above sea level, where the warm days are tempered by cooler nights. The summer diurnal temperature difference is 20°C, which encourages an extended ripening period, concentrating the flavours and aromatic complexity in the berries, while retaining balancing acidity from the cool nights. The soil is calcareous clay which is a cool soil that has good water retention properties to nourish the vines during the hot, dry summers. Due to its pH, calcareous clay soils tend to produce refreshing wines, which encourages further balance to the ripeness of fruit. The vines are cane pruned and are planted at a density of 4,000 vines per hectare. The vineyard is cultivated with respect for the environment and the grapes are hand-harvested at optimal maturity. Obeidy is an indigenous Lebanese variety which is unique to Lebanon and thrives in this terroir. It was previously used in the production of Arak, but is now coming into its own as a varietal white wine.
The grapes were pressed and each variety was vinified separately. The must was racked and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 14 to 16°C with selected yeasts. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation to maintain the crisp and fresh style. The wine was skilfully blended with the Odeidy variety given prominence, offering a creamy texture and flavours of honey and lemon; beautifully balanced by the Sauvignon Blanc’s crisp vivacity and citrus tones while the Viognier complements with heady, peachy and floral aromatics. A unique and complex blend, which was lightly filtered prior to bottling.
Made from Obeidy, an indigenous Lebanese white variety, this aromatic wine has exotic fruit and mineral flavours through to a lovely, whistle clean finish.
Obeidy 92%, Sauvignon Blanc 4%, Viognier 4%
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Chateau Oumsiyat 'Obeidy', Bekaa Valley 2018£10.28