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Yatir Winery, Tel Arad | daniel.freed@yatir-winery.com
Yatir Cabernet Sauvignon

The Yatir Winery strives to produce Cabernet Sauvignon wine that embodies not only the familiar and beloved flavor of this variety but that also embodies the Yatir growing region, located at the elevated desert frontier. The grapes, from low crops and several elevated plots are harvested in a night vintage. They are fermented and aged separately for approximately one year in small wooden barrels (225 liters). Only a few of the barrels are new to avoid outweighing the wine’s fruit flavors and freshness. The wine is bottled and marketed after an additional aging period of two years in the bottle. Yatir Cabernet wines are rich with concentrated plum and cassis flavors which are balanced out with acidity and with measured astringency and they are lightly seasoned with Mediterranean herbs. This wine is impressive while it’s young and it ages well over a decade, through which its range of aromas and flavors gradually expand.

Vintages: 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

Vintage 2014

The wine is comprised of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Tannat, from several vineyards at altitudes of between 650 - 900 meters above sea level. The soil is prevalently chalk and limestone. The wines from each vineyard were aged in separate barrels for a year before creating the final blend. The wine was bottled in February 2016 and kept at the winery for a further two years to mature in the bottle. The wine will continue to age for five to ten years

Tasting Notes: The wine displays a deep purple color, with an aroma reminiscent of cassis and green pepper. Fruit flavors with slight pepper and balanced astringency.

Yatir Forest Vineyards 2014 Vintage: That year the winter was mostly dry, with only two substantial rainfall occurrences. The spring season was filled with wintery events, including significant spring rain; a total of 277 mm of rainfall (above the normal average). Summer and fall were relatively comfortable, with no major episodes of heat waves.

Vintage 2013

The wine is comprised of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Syrah, from several vineyards at altitudes of between 650 - 900 meters above sea level. The soil is prevalently chalk and limestone. The wines from each vineyard were aged in separate barrels for a year before creating the final blend. The wine was bottled in February 2015 and kept at the winery for a further two years to mature in the bottle. The wine will continue to age for five to ten years

Tasting Notes: The wine displays a deep purple color, with an aroma reminiscent of cassis and green pepper. Fruit flavors with slight pepper and balanced astringency.

Yatir Forest Vineyards 2013 Vintage: Rainfall in the vineyards in 2013 were 248 mm, slightly less than the average, with most of the rainfall occurring in the first half of the winter. The accumulation of cold bouts (important for the consistency of early growth sprouting) is common place in this region. The ripening period (May-August) was relatively easy, with not too many heatwaves, and with cool nights. The harvest, which was earlier than usual, began in early August with Viognier, and was completed with the harvest of the Petit Verdot grapes at the beginning of September. The average yield was slightly higher than normal (900 kilo per dunam). The grapes were of high quality and of naturally high acidity.

Vintage 2012

The wine is comprised of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot, from several vineyard plots in the Yatir Forest, situated at an altitude of 650-900 meters. The composition of the varieties varies from one year to the next, depending on the nature of the vintage, and in order to accentuate the Yatir character, quality and the uniqueness of the region and its vineyards. The wines from the different vineyards were aged separately in oak barrels for one year before the final blend was created. The wine was bottled in January of 2014 and was left at the winery for an additional year to further age in the bottle. Suitable for further aging for a period of five to ten years.

Tasting Notes: the wine’s color is purple, with an aroma that is reminiscent of ripe wild berries. Its flavor is fruity with a tad of pepper and astringency that is pleasing to the palate.

Yatir Forest Vineyards 2012 Vintage: Winter 2012 was cold and wet, and spring and summer of that year were warmer than average. With early but uniform budding and flowering and slightly delayed growth due to the heat, overall conditions were appropriate for producing an extremely high quality grape.

Vintage 2011

The wine is comprised of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot, from several vineyard plots in the Yatir Forest, situated at an altitude of 650-900 meters. The composition of the varieties varies from one year to the next, depending on the nature of the vintage, and in order to accentuate the Yatir character, quality and the uniqueness of the region and its vineyards. The wines from the different vineyards were aged separately in oak barrels for one year before the final blend was created. The wine was bottled in February of 2013 and was left at the winery for an additional year to further age in the bottle. Suitable for further aging for a period of five to ten years.

Tasting Notes: the wine’s color is purple, with an aroma that is reminiscent of ripe wild berries. Its flavor is fruity with a tad of pepper and astringency that is pleasing to the palate.

Yatir Forest Vineyards 2011 Vintage: the winter in 2011 was low on precipitation and on cold spells (175 mm. of rainfall. A considerable amount fell in the spring). The spring that followed was cloudy and colder than average. The growing season was exceptionally comfortable and moderate. The ripening of all grape varieties was slower than usual but linear and continuous. Harvesting was delayed by three weeks on average and was completed on Sukkoth Eve (October 12) – the latest date in the history of the Winery.

Vintage 2010

The wine is comprised of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Shiraz and 5% Cabernet Franc from several plots in the Yatir Forest, situated at an altitude of 650-900 meters. The wines from the different vineyards were aged separately in oak barrels for one year before the final blend was created. The wine was bottled in March of 2012 and was left at the winery for an additional year to further age in the bottle. Suitable for further aging for a period of five to ten years.

Tasting Notes: the wine’s color is purple, endowed with an aroma that is reminiscent of plum and green pepper. Its flavor is fruity with a tad of astringency that is pleasing to the palate.

Yatir Forest Vineyards 2010 Vintage: the amount of precipitation was normal for the region. Most of the rain fell at the end of the winter and at the beginning of spring. Blossoming and flowering took place early that year, however an August heat wave deferred the ripening process. Harvesting of the red varieties was completed by the end of September.

Vintage 2009

The wine is comprised of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec and 7% Cabernet Franc from several vineyard plots in the Yatir Forest, situated at an altitude of 650-900 meters. The wines from the different vineyards were aged separately in oak barrels for one year before the final blend was created. The wine was bottled in March of 2011 and was left at the winery for an additional year to further age in the bottle. Suitable for further aging for a period of five to ten years.

Tasting Notes: the wine’s color is purple, with an aroma that is reminiscent of cassis, plum and green pepper. It has a fruity tang flavor with a tad of pleasing astringency.

Yatir Forest Vineyards 2009 Vintage: the winter was arid, lacking rain (only 70% of the average amount of rainfall). Most of the rain fell at the end of the winter and at the beginning of spring. There was a 15% decline in crops, compared with the previous year and the ripening process was deferred by 7-14 days. Harvesting of the red varieties was completed by the end of September.

Vintage 2008

The wine is comprised of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Shiraz harvested from several plots in the Yatir Forest, situated at an altitude of 650-900 meters. The wines from the different vineyards were aged separately in oak barrels for one year before the final blend was created. The wine was bottled in May of 2010 and was left at the Winery for an additional year to further age in the bottle.

Yatir Forest Vineyards 2008 Vintage: it was a less than average rainy winter in our region - 140 mm. of rainfall in the Ramat Arad vineyard and 210 mm. in the Yatir Forest. The last significant rain fell in January, leaving the vineyard soil to be very dry during the spring, which led to moderate growing of the vines. August was relatively comfortable, without any serious heat waves. The ripening of the grapes was steady and efficacious in all the vineyards. Harvesting of the red varieties was completed in mid-September.

Vintage 2007

The wine is comprised of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec and 6% Shiraz from several plots in the Yatir Forest, situated at an altitude of 650-900 meters above sea level. The wines from the different vineyards were aged separately in oak barrels for one year before the final blend was created. The wine was bottled in February of 2009 and was left at the winery for an additional year to further age in the bottle.

Yatir Forest Vineyards 2007 Vintage: the winter that preceded the 2007 vintage had a below than average rainfall, with 370 mm. of rain. The months of spring and the first half of the summer were free of any extreme heat waves. August, however, had multiple heat waves. Some of the varieties, such as Merlot and Shiraz, ripened early, while other varieties had delayed ripening, through the end of September.