Mony Syrah 2010
On opening this wine comes at you like a heavyweight champ at the ring of the bell. But Sam Saroka, winemaker at Mony Vineyard since 2009, advised me to decant this wine well
before drinking. Not having a decanter, I poured the wine into glasses a full 45 minutes before drinking at dinner with grilled chorizo sausages (Israeli beef).
To my delight, the wine had lost its rough edges and evolved into a pleasurable accompaniment to dinner. I am a fan of Rhone varieties here in Israel. The Mony Syrah has dark fruit aromas with black pepper. Aged with toasted staves perhaps a bit longer than required, this is what gives the wine it’s aggressive opening.
At a price of 60NIS/$17, I wasn’t expecting greatness, but definitely received VFM and a nice wine with dinner.
Am even enjoying a second glass on its own instead of desert.
Only in Israel: Mony Vineyard at the Deir Rafat Monastery, is privately owned by the Artoul family, Christian Arabs from the Galilee village of Maghar. Mony Vinyard’s wines have been Kosher since 2005.