I have a particular affinity for this wine, as I was an integral part of the team that made it during the 2009 vintage. I remember tasting the grapes as they came into the winery, fresh off the vine from one of the most revered vineyards in all of Israel, the Dovev Vineyard, over looking the border of Lebanon. Fermented in stainless steel, aged 6 months sur le in used French barriques, and with 13% alcohol, this Chardonnay is reminiscent of a classic Meursault Chardonnay from Burgundy France. On first approach this wine has a nose of apricot, lychee, and tropical fruit. On the palate it is fresh, succulent, and mineral driven, with the austerity of its Terroir. This wine is drinking very well right now, and has the balance to age for 5-7 years.
By David Bensirael
Barkan’s history goes all the way back to 1899, with it’s humble beginnings as the Friedman Winery, which was founded by Israeli pioneer Shlomo Friendman, and it has now found its way to the for-front of the Israeli wine industry and the viticulture industry at large.
As the second largest winery in Israel, Barkan Wine Cellars features the largest and most advanced wine making facility in Israel, which overlooks hundreds of acres of vineyards on the foothills of the Judean Mountains. Located at Kibbutz Hulda, Barkan offers one of the most comprehensive and diverse wine lists in Israel. With new world grape varieties from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, to unique varietals such as Carignan, Pinotage, and Argaman, Barkan offers wines for both connoisseurs and every day wine enthusiasts. In addition to the estate vineyards located in the Judean foothills, Barkan owns and sources fruit from vineyards all over Israel, including the Negev, and the famous Rechasim, Dishon, and Dovev vineyards in the North.
Kibbutz Hulda has become an ideal location to that of U.C. Davis trained winemaker Ed Salzberg and french trained winemaker, Yotam Sharon, who take advantage of the most advanced and expensive wine making facility in the Middle East.