Pinotage variety was created by the fortunate cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, done in South Africa at the early 20th century. Barkan is one of the only growers outside South Africa to specialize in Pinotage, which certainly demands special expertise to achieve excellence, just as his parent Pinot Noir.
A solid and concentrated wine, with mature fruit, yet vivacious with a structure of harsh tannins.
The Pinotage plots on the vineyards of the Barkan Winery in Tel-Tzafit, located on the western hills of the Judaean Mountains, have proven their potential for growth. The first being the Sidra plot which was strictly monitored during the growth period. Drastically diminishing the crop yield and a strict irrigation regimen, enabled a very high-quality yield from the black Pinotage grapes, which have a highly concentrated taste. A harvest of fully mature grapes, strict fermentation, and extended irrigation, made it possible to fully extract the essence of the grapes. As the wine aged in a collection of new oak casks, after a maturation period of 18 months and regular tastings, the Barkan winemakers choose 18 of the finest oak casks for the final production of the wine. The wine was bottled after minimum drainage and continued the maturation process in the bottles. Barkan’s Pinotage Superieur 2008, highly reflects this original grape variety: a solid and concentrated wine, with mature fruit, yet vivacious with a structure of harsh tannins, that enable the wine to fully mature and reach new heights of complexity and rich flavors.
Barkan was founded in 1990, by Yair Lerner and Shmuel Boxer. They immediately set forth on a program of modernization and the planting of vineyards, which they saw as the key to the production of fine wine and expansion of the company.
Barkan immediately began to plant vineyards in and around Barkan, where it would ultimately build a state of the art modern winery. Kibbutz Hulda was chosen given both its proximity to the vineyards of Hulda, as well as its central location, close to major roads and removed from urban areas. Today Barkan receives grapes from vineyards from all the best regions in Israel; such as the Golan Heights, the Upper Galilee and the Lebanese border area, the lower Galilee and Tavor, the Jerusalem mountains, and Israel's south, around Mitzpe Ramon.