Yatir Winery have launched two new wines: the flagship Yatir Forest 2013 and the new vintage of Yatir Petit Verdot 2013.
Yatir Forest 2013 is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Petit Verdot. The wine was aged for 14 months small French oak barrels, a third of them new oak. The wine is deep colored, concentrated with deep black fruit but at the same time finishes elegantly. It is one of Israel’s finest Bordeaux style blends. Shelf price: 250 shekels.
Yatir Petit Verdot 2013 is made from 85% Petit Verdot and 15% Malbec. The varieties were aged separately in French oak barrels for a year before the final blend was made. The wine is deep purple with a floral and forest fruits nose, and black cherry flavor with hints of tar and leather, and a long finish. Yatir first produced a Petit Verdot in 2008. It is one of Israel’s leading varietal wines from this grape variety. Shelf price: 139 shekels
Yatir Winery was founded in 2000 at Tel Arad in the north eastern Negev, and the first wines were launched in 2004. The vineyards are exclusively in Yatir Forest, the southern tip of the Judean Hills. Yatir Forest is Israel’s largest planted forest. The managing director is Yaacov Ben Dor and winemaker is Eran Goldwasser. The winery is owned by Carmel but managed independently.