It is made from 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merl;ot, 25% Shiraz, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec, all grown in the special terroir of Yatir Forest. The varieties were aged separately for a year. Only after seeing how each individual lot developed, was the final blend made.
Yatir Mt. Amasa is deep purple in color. It is medium bodied with a distinct aroma of ripe plums, a hint of smokiness and a touch of Mediterranean herbs. It has good fruity flavor and a refreshing finish.
Mt. Amasa is the new name for this blend which has been produced each year, but was previously named after the grape varieties. As these change year to year, the winery decided to give this wine a name.
The name Har Amasa or Mt. Amasa, is taken from the peak that looks over the forest and vineyards. It is the place where mountain and desert meet.
Yatir Winery was founded in 2000 at Tel Arad in the north eastern Negev desert. The first vintage released was the 2001, which was launched in 2004. The winery continually receives recognition at the highest possible level for being one of the finest boutique wineries in Israel. Yatir Forest is Israel's largest planted forest with an altitude of up to 900 meters above sea level.
The CEO is Ya'acov Ben Dor and winemaker is Eran Goldwasser, who studied and graduated in Australia. The winery is owned by Carmel, but managed independently.