Monday, 20 October 2008

Barkan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Galilee, Israel, cork seal, $150

This was a purchase by a friend at last week's Middle Eastern wine tasting at Malouf's. We opened it after the bottle of Domaine Paillère & Pied-Gu Gigondas 2003 and the contrast in styles was extremely pronounced. I don't know much about Israeli wine, but apparently Barkan is one of Israel's biggest producers. The wine is made at their central Hulda winery, but uses fruit from the Upper Galilee, Golan Heights and Jerusalem Hills regions.

It's dark purple in colour, with a little crimson circling the rim of the glass. Having a sniff the oak is obvious; it smells of resin, cedar, cloves and black fruits. The palate is big and intense with flavours of cloves, cinnamon, blueberry, plum and boysenberry - can we call these blue fruits? It's a well balanced wine, though it was a little too sweet for me. Barkan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 is certainly a wine that'll divide the crowd; if you like big lashings of oak then this is a wine for you.

Visit winery website.


Helen said...

hey andrew, it's been a little while since I caught up with your blog. Had the opportunity this morning to sit with my coffee and quietly take some time to read your latest posts... brilliant!(tourism HK should emply you) thanks for sharing your foodie world with us...

Andrew said...

Hey Helen

Thanks for all the positive comments.

I had a taught time at the end of last year - personal issues combined with two broken computers - meant the blog got really behind. Have a huge backlog of posts I'm trying to get through, but am starting to get on top of it. Once I'm back up to date will try and get things moving a bit more and look at a few different options for where to take things. Really do enjoy writing it though and it does fill a bit of a niche in HK as there's not that much stuff out there in English.