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Yatir Winery, Tel Arad | winery@yatir-winery.com
YATIR FOREST

Yatir Forest, the flagship wine of Yatir winery, is made from vineyard produce which yielded the tops wines of a given year’s vintage, with emphasis on scent and palate, and long term aging capability. Yatir Forest has become one of Israel’s leading products of consistent quality, having received a 90 point or higher grade for 9 consecutive seasons in “Wine Advocate”, the admired magazine by wine critic Robert Parker.

Vintages: 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006

Vintage 2015

Yatir Forest 2015 combines 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Franc. The composition alters from year to year based on the nature of that year’s crop, as we seek to bring the Yatir uniqueness to the fore, accentuating the area and its vineyards. Yatir’s vineyards are planted in the heart of the Yatir Forest slopes, rising to a height of 900 meters above sea level, and no more than several minutes’ drive from the winery. The forest was planted by the JNF (Jewish National Fund) in 1964 and is the largest initiated forestation in Israel. Our grapes enjoy ideal conditions, growing in different sections of the forest ranging from 650 to 900 meters above sea level. The wine aged for 15 months in French oak barrels, of which one-third were new. The wine was bottled in March of 2017 and was left to further age at the winery for over 2 years in the bottle. The wine was ready to drink with its release, but will continue to age for at least a decade from its vintage.

Tasting Notes: The wine displays a deep purple color with rich aromas and flavors, combining intensity with elegance and freshness.

Yatir Forest Vineyards 2015 Vintage: The winter of 2015 started later than usual. The very cold temperatures only began in mid-December, although January was cold and in February there were a few days of extreme cold, accompanied by snowfall. Winter lasted into April, with slightly lower temperatures accompanied by heavy rain throughout the month (320 mm). Bud arousal was a little late, and from April to July, the climate was comfortable. During the spring months, temperatures were high and changeable with spring like temperatures during the summer. From the end of July temperatures did not drop at night, which led to a delay of about two weeks in the ripening of the grapes and a decrease of 10% in the yield.

Vintage 2014

Yatir Forest 2014 combines 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Petit Verdot, 9% Tannat. The composition alters from year to year based on the nature of that year’s crop, as we seek to bring the Yatir uniqueness to the fore, accentuating the area and its vineyards. Yatir’s vineyards are planted in the heart of the Yatir Forest slopes, rising to a height of 900 meters above sea level, and no more than several minutes’ drive from the winery. The forest was planted by the JNF (Jewish National Fund) in 1964 and is the largest initiated forestation in Israel. Our grapes enjoy ideal conditions, growing in different sections of the forest ranging from 650 to 900 meters above sea level. The wine aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, of which one-third were new. The wine was bottled in February 2016, followed by maturation in the bottle for a further eighteen months at the winery. The wine was ready to drink with its release, but will continue to age for at least a decade from its vintage.

Tasting Notes: The wine displays a deep purple color with rich aromas and flavors, combining intensity with elegance and freshness.

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

Yatir Forest 2013 combines 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Petit Verdot. The composition alters from year to year based on the nature of that year’s crop, as we seek to bring the Yatir uniqueness to the fore, accentuating the area and its vineyards. Yatir’s vineyards are planted in the heart of the Yatir Forest slopes, rising to a height of 900 meters above sea level, and no more than several minutes’ drive from the winery. The forest was planted by the JNF (Jewish National Fund) in 1964 and is the largest initiated forestation in Israel. Our grapes enjoy ideal conditions, growing in different sections of the forest ranging from 650 to 900 meters above sea level. The wine aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, of which one-third were new. The wine was bottled in February 2015, followed by maturation in the bottle for a further eighteen months at the winery. The wine was ready to drink with its release, but will continue to age for at least a decade from its vintage.

Tasting Notes: The wine displays a deep purple color with rich aromas and flavors, combining intensity with elegance and freshness.

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 our 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

Yatir Forest 2012 combines 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Petit Verdot. The composition alters from year to year based on the nature of that year’s crop, as we seek to bring the Yatir uniqueness to the fore, accentuating the area and its vineyards. Yatir’s vineyards are planted in the heart of the Yatir Forest slopes, rising to a height of 900 meters above sea level, and no more than several minutes’ drive from the winery. The forest was planted by the JNF (Jewish National Fund) in 1964 and is the largest initiated forestation in Israel. Our grapes enjoy ideal conditions, growing in different sections of the forest ranging from 650 to 900 meters above sea level. Yatir Forest 2012 matures for 14 months in French oak barrels, some third of which are new. Bottled in February 2014, Yatir Forest 2012 was stored in the winery for a further 18 months of in-bottle maturation. It can be matured for a further 10 years or longer.

Tasting Notes: Yatir Forest 2012 is characterized by a deep crimson hue and rich fragrance, with a palate merging power, elegance and freshness.

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 65% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and 35% Petit Verdot. The composition of the varieties varies from one year to the next, depending on the nature of the harvest and in order to accentuate the Yatir character and quality and the uniqueness of the region and its vineyards. The winery’s vineyards are planted on top of slopes in the heart of the Yatir Forest, rising to an altitude of 900 meters above sea level and located just a few minutes’ drive away from the Winery. The forest was planted by the Jewish National Fund (“Kakal”) in 1964 and is the largest planted forest in Israel. The planted grape varieties benefit from ideal conditions for wine-grape growing. The grapes are from several plots in the Yatir Forest, located at an altitude of 650-900 meters, generating wines of the highest quality in a given vintage year. The wine was aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, with a third of them being new. The wine was bottled in February of 2013 and was left to further age at the Winery for an additional period of a year and a half in the bottle. Suitable for further aging for a period of 10 years or more.

Tasting Notes: The wine’s color is deep purple, with a deep aroma and flavors that combine intensity with elegance and freshness.

Yatir Forest Vineyards 2011 Vintage: The winter in 2011 was low on precipitation and on cold spells (with 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 67% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, 25% Petit Verdot and 8% Merlot. The composition of the varieties varies from one year to the next, depending on the nature of the harvest and in order to accentuate the Yatir-like quality and the singularity of the region and its vineyards. The winery’s vineyards are planted on top of slopes in the heart of the Yatir Forest, rising to an altitude of 900 meters above sea level and located just a few minutes’ drive away from the winery. The forest was planted by the Jewish National Fund (“Kakal”) in 1964 and is the largest planted forest in Israel. The planted grape varieties benefit from ideal conditions for wine-grape growing. The grapes are from several plots in the Yatir Forest, located at an altitude of 650-900 meters, generating wines of the highest quality in a given vintage year. The wine was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, with a third of them being new. The wine was bottled in March of 2012 and was left to further age at the Winery for an additional year in the bottle. Suitable for further aging for a period of 10 years or more.

Tasting Notes: The wine’s color is deep purple, with a rich aroma and a flavor that combine intensity with elegance and freshness.

Yatir Forest Vineyards 2010 Vintage: The amount of precipitation in 2010 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, 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 49% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, 41% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot grapes. 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-like quality and the singularity of the region and its vineyards. The winery’s vineyards are planted on top of slopes in the heart of the Yatir Forest, rising to an altitude of 900 meters above sea level and located just a few minutes’ drive away from the winery. The forest was planted by the Jewish National Fund (“Kakal”) in 1964 and is the largest planted forest in Israel. The planted grape varieties benefit from ideal conditions for wine-grape growing. The grapes are from several plots in the Yatir Forest, located at an altitude of 650-900 meters, generating wines of the highest quality in a given vintage year. The wine was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, with a third of them being new. The wine was bottled in March of 2011 and was left to further age at the winery for an additional year in the bottle. Suitable for further aging for a period of 10 years or more.

Tasting Notes: The wine’s color is deep purple, with a rich aroma and a flavor that combine intensity with elegance and freshness.

Yatir Forest Vineyards 2009 Vintage: The winter was arid, lacking rain (only 70% rainfall of the average amount). 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 58% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, 32% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot grapes, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. The composition of the varieties varies from one year to the next, depending on the nature of the harvest and in order to accentuate the Yatir-like quality and the singularity of the region and its vineyards. The winery’s vineyards are planted on top of slopes in the heart of the Yatir Forest, rising to an altitude of 900 meters above sea level and located just a few minutes’ drive away from the winery. The forest was planted by the Jewish National Fund (“Kakal”) in 1964 and is the largest planted forest in Israel. The planted grape varieties benefit from ideal conditions for wine-grape growing. The grapes are from several plots in the Yatir Forest, located at an altitude of 650-900 meters, generating wines of the highest quality in a given vintage year. The wine was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, with a third of them being new. The wine was bottled in March of 2010 and was left to further age at the Winery for an additional year in the bottle.

Yatir Forest Vineyards 2008 Vintage: It was a less than average rainy winter in our region, with 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 by mid-September.

Vintage 2007

The wine is comprised of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Petit Verdot, 7% Merlot and 7% Malbec. The composition of the varieties varies from one year to the next, depending on the nature of the harvest and in order to accentuate the Yatir-like quality and the singularity of the region and its vineyards. The winery’s vineyards are planted on top of slopes in the heart of the Yatir Forest, rising to an altitude of 900 meters above sea level and located just a few minutes’ drive away from the winery. The forest was planted by the Jewish National Fund (“Kakal”) in 1964 and is the largest planted forest in Israel. The planted grape varieties benefit from ideal conditions for wine-grape growing. The grapes are from several plots in the Yatir Forest, located at an altitude of 650-900 meters, generating wines of the highest quality in a given vintage year. The wine was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, with a third of them being new. The wine was bottled in March of 2009 and was left to further age at the Winery for an additional year in the bottle.

Yatir Forest Vineyards 2007 Vintage: The 2007 winter in the Yatir vineyards had a below than average level of rain, with 370 mm. of rainfall in the Yatir Forest. 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, (Merlot, Shiraz), ripened early, while other varieties had delayed ripening, through the month of September.

Vintage 2006

The wine is comprised of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Petit Verdot and 12% Merlot. The composition of the varieties varies from one year to the next, depending on the nature of the harvest and in order to accentuate the Yatir character and quality and the uniqueness of the region and its vineyards. The wine was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, with a third of them being new. The wine was bottled in March of 2008 and was left to further age at the winery for over a year in the bottle.

Yatir Forest Vineyards 2006 Vintage: The winter and the growing season preceding the 2006 vintage had no extreme climatic events. The winter was a bit drier than usual but the spring was relatively rainy. The harvest was conducted throughout August and the beginning of September and the crops were 40% lower than the annual average. The quality of the fruit was excellent and the wines combine flavor intensity and aromas alongside good acidity and elegance.