Asufa is our winemaker Guy Eshel’s personal playground at Dalton Winery; A series of moments and memories gathered throughout his time in the field, brought to life together here at Dalton. Each wine in this series tells a different story – some of the here and now, others of a time and place elsewhere – but all were made to add color and complexity to your dining experiences.
Grounded Red is made of Zuriman grapes, spontaneously fermented, and aged in clay amphora. Zuriman is an ancient variety found in Northern Israel and thought to have been brought here from the Caucuses by the Circassian community. It was rediscovered several years ago and was untouched until our desire to connect to Israel’s ancient wine culture led us to plant our own vineyard of this mysterious new vine and begin our journey through time.
This is the first vineyard of Zuriman in Israel, we planted it in our Dalton vineyards, at 800m, on volcanic soil.
The grapes for this wine were harvested by hand, very late in the season, primary fermentation took place in concrete tanks and then the wine was moved to clay amphorae where it aged for about eight months.
Zuriman is dark purple in colour, with light to medium body. It is spicy and herbaceous, with aromas of red cherry, tobacco and damp earth.
This wine pairs well with smoked meats, or rich cheeses like cheddar or gouda or comté. It can be enjoyed a little chilled.
Dalton Wines are Kosher le Mehadrin and Kosher for Passover. They are supervised by Rabbanut of Israel, Badatz Yoreh Deyah, Rabbi Machpud, OU and Rabbi Mordechai Ungar of Monsey.
1595 Bottles produced.