Press Reviews


Aug 2010 | AFP | English |
Acclaimed Israeli winery sets sights on ...the wider world. The wines produced at Domaine Du Castel near Jerusalem have turned the world of Kosher wine on its head, winning accolades from around the world, and now this small, family-owned winery has set its sites on the broader market.
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Aug 2010 | BBC | English |
BBC Middle East Business Report: Drinkin When you think of the world's great wine producers Israel is not a name that often crops up. But Eli Ben Zaken is trying to change that. What started as a hobby is now an international business, but as his success has grown so too has the competition in the hills around Jerusalem. So is there enough business to go around? And just what is a Kosher wine anyway? Philip Hampsheir went to Castel, 30 minutes outside Jerusalem, to find out.
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Apr 2010 | עדו גל-און | Hebrew |
יקב קסטל, הביקור השנתי הביקור השנתי ביקב קסטל חושף את אחד הדברים שאולי פחות נוטים לשוחח עליהם ביין, עקביות. טיב הבציר בשנה משפיע על כל יקב ויקב בעולם, אך הטובים והעקביים שבהם יוציאו יין טוב כל שנה ויין ענק בשנים גדולות. אומנם זה מעט "בעייתי" לכתוב על שנים טובות או טובות פחות בארצנו, פה בעיקר ישנן שנים חמות.
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Mar 2010 | Daniel Rogov | English |
Petit Castel 2008 At my request this early afternoon and thanks to Eli Ben Zaken, I received a bottle of the 2008 Petit Castel of Domaine du Castel. I normally set such bottles aside for a minimum of a week or so to give them a chance for "rest and recuperation". Later today, however, partly because of tasting note requests and partly out of personal curiosity, I set up a blind tasting of nine wines, all young Bordeaux blends, four from Israel, four from France and one from Tuscany and there, by heaven went the Petit Castel, my tasting note for which follows. (And, if anyone is curious, that is indeed the wine that I am sipping as I type). Domaine du Castel, Petit Castel, 2008: With apologies for vulgarity, second wine my backside! This one would shine as a first wine anyplace at any time and from any vintage. As always, a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvigon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, the wine aged in French oak for 16 months and in truth a Bordeaux-styled wine that could come only from the Mediterranean sunshine. Deep garnet in color, full-bodied, with soft tannins and bare but tantalizing notes of spicy wood already integrating nicely. A rich blackberry nose followed on the palate by aromas and flavors of blackcurrants, blackberries and black cherries. Pure, round rich, well focused and with touches of anise and cedar wood on the finish, a complex, deep and long wine. Despite its youth drinking nicely now but best starting only in 2011. Score 93. K (Tasted 26 Feb 2010)
Jun 2009 | Wine Terroirs | English |
Domaine du Castel (Judean hills, Israel) The Domaine du Castel winery is located on the Judean hills in the vicinity of Jerusalem. It sits in the Ramat Raziel moshav (collective farm) the place of a former chicken farm. The moshav structure has evolved throught Israel from the one of a collective farm where co-residents follow a semi-independant life but still centered on commodity production to the one of a residential community...
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