This refreshing white will be an excellent wine to accompany a picnic lunch on a warm summery afternoon. Due to the wine’s mild sweetness it can be served as an aperitif or alongside your entr?e. The wine should go well with barbequed chicken wings or potent Parmesan and blue cheeses.
Established in 1990 by Shmuel Boxer and Yair Lerner, Barkan is currently one of the largest wineries in Israel with an annual production of approximately eight million bottles.
Having trained in Australia, California and Italy Barkan’s winemakers are currently producing varietal wines in several categories:
As Barkan’s high end series this label consists of varietal Cabernet- Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinotage reds.
Under the reserve series the winery has produced both varietal reds as well as white wines including:
Reds: Cabernet- Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo and several others.
Whites: Chardonnay, Sauvignon-Blanc and Emerald Riesling.
Considered as part of the Reserve series Barkan’s Altitude label is offering Cabernet- Sauvignon, the grapes of which were harvested from vineyards at altitudes ranging from
+412 to +720 meters above sea level.
Probably the winery’s most popular series accounting for a large portion of Barkan’s sales, this series usually provides a pretty good value for money, offering both reds and whites at a price range of 29-41 NIS.
The Domaine series consists of Cabernet- Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Petite Sirah and Emerald Riesling.
This week's review:
Name: Barkan, Reserve, Emerald Riesling, 2006
Price: 39 NIS
Alcohol content: 12.3%
Light, almost clear straw in color, this white consists of 95% Emerald Riesling and 5% Muscat of Alexandria. The wine suggests sweet aromas of flowers and tropical fruits. On the palate, the wine comes on with a mild sweetness and also gives off soft citrus flavors.
Best served slightly chilled this refreshing white will be an excellent wine to accompany a picnic lunch on a warm summery afternoon. Due to the wine’s mild sweetness it can be served as an aperitif or alongside your entr?e. The wine should go well with barbequed chicken wings or potent Parmesan and blue cheeses.
Tip of the Week: “chilling your glass of white wine”
Before leaving for your picnic, freeze a clean bunch of seedless green grapes and add a couple to each glass. The frozen grapes will keep the wine chilled without diluting the wine