One of the winemaker's biggest challenges is the selection of a region of each grape variety. The journey to discover the best region for each variety has led to this Special Reserve series of wines. The grapes for this Special Reserve Chardonnay were grown in the Jerusalem's hills region on a rocky soil and fairly low temperatures. The wine was aged in oak barrels for 6 mount until the fruit flavours were integrated with the oak aromas, resulting a rich, harmonious, and elegant wine.
Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Region: Jerusalem Mountains and Upper Galilee
Ageing: 6 months in oak barrels, surlies, mostly French oak
Barkan's Reserve Chardonnay is produced using only carefully selected, hand-picked Chardonnay grapes grown in vineyards in the Jerusalem corridor. At the onset of fermentation, approximately one third of the juice is separated to complete fermentation in new oak barrels. This portion remains in barrels for 6 months before being blended with the balance of the wine that is tank fermented at low temperatures. The resulting wine is an elegant, complex blend of the buttery character of the barrel fermentation and the clean crisp freshness of mountain grown Chardonnay.
Golden straw hue with fruity and intense nose full of peaches, lime and lemon grass which integrated with the apricot and citrus blossom on the palate. The oak flavours and aromas are served as a frame that warp and only emphasize the aromas and not overcome them. The wine has a long creamy finish that combine with the lemon zest and crispiness.