Wine Filter: Israel

Recanati Estate Shiraz 2014

Berries, pepper and violet come through this well-made Shiraz that shows the very particular place of Ancient World wines. There’s the expressive fruit of California-trained winemakers, but also an earthy, herbal complexity that’s very European. It also makes it beautiful with rich stews and Mediterranean spice.

Golan Heights Winery Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Not New or Old World wine, but Ancient World wine. The cradle of viticulture now makes modern, sleek wines enjoying the consistent warmth of summer days and cool refreshment of vineyards reaching 1,200m high. Concentrated cassis, earthiness and meaty, savoury notes linger on the palate.