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Heya 'Kanz' Lebanon Red 2022

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Press 4 Red • March 2024 Direct Press Selection

Heya, which means 'she' in Arabic, was started by Claudine Lteif and Michelle Chami. They told us, "we are both good friends and we both love the land and are fascinated with the science of fermentation, so since we helped Eddie (Michelle's husband, of Mersel Wine) with many harvests and at the winery, we used to hang out and work on the field. We enjoyed it a lot but then as a joke we said “hey we should make wine of our own”, it could be like a female inspired wine, and then the joke turned into reality. It also stems from not enough women being on the field and so we also wanted to encourage more women to do what they loved and to break away from the stigmas of winemaking not being a woman’s job. We wanted to be different from Mersel and we wanted to create something new in the Lebanese market so we thought of focusing on conferments using local fruits. All our wines are made with so much love and passion and we do everything by hand (pruning, harvesting, winemaking, bottling, blending, labelling, and shipping)."

"We are in the mountains surrounding Wadi Annoubine, a UNSECO protected region, and we have our own grapes, apples, our fruits. In the mountains we try to stay out of politics. We take care of our people, and then we are emotionally satisfied. However, in the region politics is everywhere, it’s everything, wine is politics. It has major implications on everything we do, from the economic, poor banking and social system."

Kanz is a 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, which reflects the heavy influence of the French and their colonial legacy in Lebanon. Vines are planted facing the Mediterranean at 400 meters above sea level on clay and limestone. It's fermented whole cluster and aged in amphora with minimal sulfur added. It's an easy, gulpable red with ripe strawberries, Swedish fish, black pepper, licorice, and hibiscus on the finish. Claudine and Michelle add, "we enjoy the lighter chilled reds, they just seem to go with everything. Pairs well with salads, cheeses appetizers or light food and also great to just chug in the afternoon when you are hanging out with friends and want something light and refreshing!" Jonathan Kemp and Nico Haunold

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