2021 Timo Mayer Merlot

Very impressive whole bunch Merlot from the Yarra Valley genius!

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

From St Huberts Road / Yarra Valley floor ... dark purple in colour with an intense nose of black fruit. Cassis and red plums on the palate with a soft pressed herb and leafy characters on the aftertaste. A mineral note and fine tannins frame the wine, before the long sweet finish.

92 Points - "Supple, soft, juicy and lush in a way, dark, plummy fruit, some choc-mint elements, lots of blueberry and some sweet spice that follows on in both scents and flavours. Powdery tannins lend some grip, but just a little. Feels very fresh, huge drinkability, very easy and delicious drinking." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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 Yarra Valley, VIC Timo Mayer

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