Created by the fortunate cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, in early 20th century, Pinotage has become the namesake of the South African wine industry. Thanks to the foresight of the Barkanwine making team, Barkan has become one of the only producers of Pinotage outside of South Africa. Bakan first planted Pinotage vineyards in the late 1990’s and it is probably one of the best value wines in the Israeli wine industry and it is one of my favorite wines made in Israel! Aged 12 months in used American Oak barrels, this wine has the opulence of a classic Pinotage, with notes of casis, five spice, and mocha. This wine is drinking very well right now, but can be aged for an additional 3-5 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.