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2020 Timo Mayer Merlot

Yarra Valley, VIC

Very impressive whole bunch Merlot from the Yarra Valley madman!

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$50.00

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Categories: Natural & Lo-Fi Wines
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About The Wine

This Merlot might be the real surprise packet from Timo Mayer's suite of 2020 Yarra wines.

As is his way, Timo fermented this as 100% whole bunches - an unusual technique with Merlot, for sure - but Timo does things his own way.

It has worked a treat. The fruit is rich and dark and plummy. The stems lend the structure that is so often missed in Merlot, giving the wine real definition and tension to support the fruit.

It's a great interpretation of Merlot with a little attitude and x-factor.

About Timo Mayer

German-born, enigmatic winemaker Timo Mayer is one of the great characters of the Yarra Valley. The words bombastic, charismatic and wild are as much applicable to the man as his wines.

From his close-planted Yarra Valley vineyard, evocatively named 'Bloody Hill', Timo carves out some astounding wines made with low levels of new oak and minimal additions. 

The signature of Timo's winemaking style is his penchant for whole-bunch ferment. His wines have an ethereal quality, firm tannins and impeccable structure. 

These are compelling and extremely limited wines that tell a unique story of the Yarra Valley.

Winemaker Timo Mayer
Winemaker Timo Mayer
Yarra Valley, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

Grown on St Huberts road on the valley floor. The Bouquet is all black cassis and crushed stems with Liquorice and Allspice. Very powerful dark fruit and firm tannins on the palate with bitter chocolate and Mulberry. Clove and fennel characters give the wine a very interesting savoury finish.

Blend : Merlot (100%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : DIAM Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750

The Bloody Hill
The Bloody Hill
Yarra Valley, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"Of course this is made with 100% whole bunches in the ferment. It's Timo Mayer's style. It works, as there's a juiciness matched to more savoury flavours. It's surprisingly not stalky or sappy from the whole bunches, so there's obviously good ripeness here. I could drink a lot of this. Yup. Merlot. But not as you know it." - Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)

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