A deep, shiny red-purple color.On the nose the hints of mint are woven together with the cassis and the chocolate to create an enticing aroma of a mint-chocolate candy. Surprising earthiness combined with cloves, cinnamon and marzipan add elegant richness and complexity to the wine. After a short decantation the wine continues to develop, revealing a flowery, different and interesting bouquet.
The mouth presents ripe black-purple fruit. A fresh acidity and firm tannins which balance the sweetish fruit. The wood is apparent, but only gently so, and in balance with the other components of the taste, and the finish is long and pleasant. Despite the wine being balanced from the first mouthful, decantation allows it to soften and reveal additional layers of fruit which add complexity and strength to the wine, with the elegance lingering throughout the drinking experience.
Rated 92 Points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine
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This wine comes from several plots in the Upper Galilee: Cabernet Sauvignon from three plots around Alma, with an altitude ranging from 620 to 640 meters, Merlot and Shiraz from Kerem Ben Zimra, at an altitude of 670 meters (Shiraz) and 830 meters (Merlot). Some of the plots have volcanic soil and others are Terra Rossa on a rocky substrate. The area is characterized by the variations between the plots, which is also probably responsible for its charm as a wine growing region in particular, and as a tourist region in general.
This wine combines Cabernet Sauvignon (67%) with Merlot (20%) and Shiraz (13%).
The wines were aged separately in French oak barrels, half of them new. After 12 months we created the blend and the wine was bottled, without fining and with only mild filtration.
Wine maker notes
Reichan is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Syrah and Merlot. Its grapes were cultivated at top-quality vineyards near Alma vineyard in the Upper Galilee. After a maturation period of 12 months in new oak casks, we created a blend characterized by its mature and concentrated red and black fruit, accompanied by a hint of dark chocolate, coffee and nougat. A complex and elegant wine, that is drinkable now, but will only get better after maturation in comfortable conditions.
Reichan Mountain, with a height of 708 meters, is one of the most impressive on the Alma region in the Upper Galilee. This mountainous region, which is surrounded by basalt rocks, offers an exceptional growth area for the grapes of the wine.
Barkan winery was born at the end of the 19th century. Its current incarnation is a wine paradise. So how did we do that?
It was actually simple. From the very first days of our existence, we have concentrated our attention on one thing only: grapes’ quality. The top-grade breeds were brought from all over the world and put in Barkan vineyards in Israel. Nowadays, there are dozens of breeds occupying a grand total of over 10 square kilometers of vineyards in winery’s possession, while every breed is grown in an area suitable for it.
In 2000, a new sophisticated winery was established at Hulda kibbutz located in the Judean plain. The winery was designed with 21st century in mind. It boasts the most advanced production technologies in the world. The winery includes laboratories, farms, the packaging center, and the marketing & logistics center. Thanks to the enormous assortment of wine breeds and growth areas, the advanced fermentation methods, as well as over 5,000 natural oak barrels, Barkan winery is a real wine paradise.