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2021 Timo Mayer Cabernet

Yarra Valley, VIC

100% whole bunch ferment on Yarra Valley Cabernet?! You better believe it!

$55.00

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Rated 3.0 stars
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While vibrant and juicy up front, the finish rolls into chew and pucker, tension and freshness.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

Whole-bunch ferments with Syrah and Pinot Noir, are very in vogue at the moment, but whole-bunch with Cabernet? Are you crazy?! Well, don't knock it 'til you've tried it...

Timo Mayer's Cabernet is 100% whole-bunch, the man does not do things by halves. The benefit here is that the tannins and textural elements of the wine can be derived from the stalks and seeds, as well as the skins, and it drastically reduces your need for a heavy oak influence to impart structure. Of course, this also means that the wine is fresher, more 'alive' in its youth, and doesn't require decades in the cellar to look the goods.

If this wine could talk, it would spruik you a Ginsburg poem, a little left of centre yet undeniably beautiful and thought-provoking all at once. Just try it, you might just fall in love with Cabernet in a way you never have before.

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.

The Bloody Hill range is now the responsibility of Timo's talented son Rivar Mayer Ferguson, and has dropped the Mayer on the label from the 2021 releases. They continue to be superb value wines.

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

From The Producer

From St Huberts road / Yarra Valley floor .... sweet cassis nose, dark and Blackberry bramble. Explodes at the front of the palate with attractive fruit, more dark berries before showing its savoury side of anis and spice . The tannins are very soft and the wine finishes round and delicious.

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

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

Critic Reviews

90Points
The Wine Front

"Ultra fragrant, cassis, lavender, bay leaf, salt bush, white pepper. Juicy, soft and ultra vibrant to taste, stacks of jubey fruit, layers of herbal spice, some new leather notes too. While vibrant and juicy up front, the finish rolls into chew and pucker, tension and freshness." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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    2 years ago
    Timo Mayer Cab

    A unique cabernet expression from Timo Mayer. Medium bodied. Lush mouthfill with enjoyable herbal notes on the back palette yet overly sweet primary fruit up front. Keen to re-visit in a couple of years.

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