This is it, this is the wine that caused eyebrows to raise and staunchly traditional winemakers to shift uncomfortably in their seats. Before Timo Mayer, 100% whole bunch Cabernet was not only unheard of, but the suggestion would have resulted in scoffs of derision.
"This is Cabernet as it should be."
Timo Mayer was undeterred by this attitude and in the face of all those doubters the wine just works. The vibrancy of the fruit balances out any overt whole bunch character, and the stalks themselves add a layer of texture and spice that won't be found anywhere else. You'll wonder how you ever drank the other stuff.
We tried to find some winemaker notes, but if you know Timo Mayer, you know they aren't really his thing. What we can tell you is this is 100% whole bunch fermented Cabernet from the Yarra Valley, It isn't trying to be anything else.
"What is left to say about Timo Mayer, aside, he keeps on making outstanding, fascinating, wonderful wines. There’s the howling at moon, baying at the wind, shirt tearing and pant splitting stuff, of course, and his incredible, unique site, but we know all that."
Bring back the funk! The well-known war cry of German-born winemaker Timo Mayer that sums up his wines pretty succinctly. Since 2002 Timo has been making wines on the affectionately named 'Bloody Hill' (it's bloody steep) in the Yarra Valley and in that short time he has managed to earn himself a stellar reputation. His willingness to try new things and his disregard for the 'done thing' created a bit of a stir when he first came on the scene, however the extraordinary wines he is producing year after year have converted even the most sceptical of wine critics.
His use of carbonic maceration and whole bunch fermentation, paired with his belief in little fining and filtration have created a really distinctive and recognisable wine style. Beyond the 'Hill', Timo makes a range of wines (in minuscule quantities) from some of great single sites across the Yarra Valley. He will often refer to himself as 'just a farmer', whats there in the vineyard is what you get in the glass.
Timo's approach, like the man himself is a little wild and eccentric. He doesn't do tasting notes or back labels, he just wants you to give his wines a crack, because what's in the bottle is going to convince you, all on its own.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
Uniformity being one of Timo Mayer’s strong suits would be a hilarious concept, but, lo and behold, winemaking for this range of wines is pretty much identical, and 100% whole bunch ferment. Blackberry on brambles, white pepper, some meaty notes, fennel too. Has this lovely juiciness in texture but also a sheath of very feathery but firm tannins. Sloshes around the mouth well, shows a bit of that perceived sweetness that can come with whole bunch, feels easy to drink but also delivers a lot of architecture and finishes squeaky and tight. Wonderful, unique expression.