Yatir, Blend, Merlot-Shiraz-Cabernet, 2007 – Often referred to in Hebrew as Yatir’s MASH”AC, an abbreviation of the main grape varieties, the 2007 is comprised of Merlot (33%), Shiraz (21%), Cabernet Sauvignon (21%), Petit Verdot (10%), Malbec (8%) and Cabernet Franc (7%). This is a medium-full bodied blend. Dark ruby in color, with tannins still evident but mostly integrated by now, the wine suggests pleasant aromas and flavors of concentrated black berry fruits, plums, warm spices (cloves and cinnamon came to mind) and a touch of roasted coffee on the medium-long finish.
By Yonatan Sternberg
Established in 2000 as a joint venture between the grape growers of the region and Carmel Winery, the Yatir winery is situated in the north eastern Negev, at 900 meters above sea level, helping fulfill the dream of David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first Prime Minister, of making the desert bloom. Later on, Carmel purchased the balance of the ownership and while now fully owned by one of Israel’s biggest wineries, Yatir operates in complete independence with talented winemaker Eran Goldwasser at the helm. Goldwasser, graduated from the Adelaide University in Australia and gained practical experience in Barrossa, McLaren Vale and other Australian wine regions.
From the start, the winery has positioned itself as a premium – boutique winery and has received recognition both in israel and abroad. Yatir has traditionally received high evaluations from both Daniel Rogov (z”l) the author of “Rogov’s Guide to Israeli Wines” and Tom Stevenson, author of the “Wine Report”. Additionally the Yatir forest 2003 was the first Israeli wine to receive a very impressive score of 93 from Robert Parker’s team, an event that definitely made an impact, not only on the sales of the Yatir forest but also on the winery and its branding/positioning efforts.
Unlike some Israeli wineries that complicate matters and offer too many labels from which to choose from, Yatir keeps it simple and offers wines in two series: the premiere label ‘Forest’ a Bordeaux style blend which is named after their vineyards situated in the Yatir Forest. The second is the Yatir series offering blended as well as varietal reds alongside Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc based vinos. Current overall production levels are at 150,000 bottles per annum.