About The Pack
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. Here you can taste the full Timo Mayer release from the small 2020 vintage.
2020 Timo Mayer Close Planted Pinot Noir
Timo Mayer's Close Planted Pinot Noir is one of the Yarra Valley's most sought after wines.
Grown on his small estate 8km South of Healesville, this wine can come and go with barely a whisper of it being released, so intense is the want of his adoring and loyal fan base. It is a slightly wild and fascinating style of Pinot.
The close plantings force the vines to do battle for the lion's share of the natural resources; water, minerals and nutrients. The belief being that great wines are made in the vineyard and a vineyard that struggles bears fruit with the most character and intensity.
Do yourself a favour and explore one of the Yarra's most idiosyncratic wines. The Close Planted is as individual as it is outstandingRead more about 2020 Timo Mayer Close Planted Pinot Noir
2020 Timo Mayer The Doktor Pinot Noir
This is the wilder version of Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley cult favourite Timo Mayer.
The Dr. Mayer Pinot Noir is 100% whole bunch fermented, Timo using the extra stalk component to drag out addition tannin and texture. He has a particular affinity with stalkier Pinot Noir, you can hear his passion in the way he talks about it.
The 2020 is wildly aromatic, powerful and densely concentrated. Only tiny quantities made in the low-yielding 2020 vintage.
If Pinot Noir with swagger is your game, you need an appointment with the Doktor.Read more about 2020 Timo Mayer The Doktor Pinot Noir
2020 Timo Mayer Syrah
Timo Mayer only makes a tiny amount of Syrah each year.
The majority of the Mayer vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir but a small amount of Syrah makes an appearance on the upper reaches of the Hill. He makes the Syrah in the same way as his charismatic Doktor Mayer Pinot Noir with 100% whole bunches during ferment.
In this part of the Yarra it is possible to make sublime Syrah. Timo's is ethereal, ferrous and a little mysterious, an excellent example of the variety's potential in the region.
Lovers of spicy, detailed Syrah with power and structure - you'll want to try this... But you'll need to be quick.Read more about 2020 Timo Mayer Syrah
2020 Timo Mayer Merlot
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.Read more about 2020 Timo Mayer Merlot
2020 Timo Mayer Cabernet
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.Read more about 2020 Timo Mayer Cabernet
2020 Timo Mayer Chardonnay
The Timo Mayer Chardonnay is one of the rarest of his cuveés that comes with a large cult following.
It's made in a slip-stream style with a little smokey reductive complexity to compliment the cool, glassy fruit.
It's an elegant wine with a little bit of a wild side.
Delicious stuff from a Yarra icon and only available in this mixed pack.Read more about 2020 Timo Mayer Chardonnay