Wines By Mayer

Mayer

Mayer

King of the Whole Bunch
  • Super cult, constantly sold out
  • A pioneer of Australian new wave winemaking (but really, just making wine he loves in the way he thinks it should be)

Some call him a genius, others a rebel. Enigma. Force of nature. Legend. He calls himself a farmer.

Such is the character of Timo Mayer, who believes that wine is a product of nature that needs little to no interference, and who sees no need to bother with tasting notes, back labels or descriptions of any sort. The wines reveal themselves. "Just give 'em a go," he quips.

Hailing from Germany and a winemaking family with a history of over 400 years, wine is in Timo's blood (one would not be faulted to think wine IS his blood). Leaving these roots to settle in the Yarra Valley, he worked with the likes De Bortoli and Gembrook Hill before launching his own namesake label, to make the wines he wanted: true reflections of the region's cool climate that were interesting & a little bit funky.

Shortly into his enterprise, he started using the ancient technique of whole bunch fermentation - when stems are left on the berries - which was, at the time, hardly practised. True to form, he went full throttle with 100% whole bunches. This 'new' style stirred up excitement as well as questioning skepticism. For Timo, the answer was simple: "Stalky shit rocks!". He was right, and his efforts were instrumental in resurrecting this technique that is helping to change global perception of what Australian wine is.

No stranger to controversy, Timo continues to push boundaries and is constantly experimenting with new varietals, most notably Gamay and Nebbiolo, which are gaining much interest in the Valley.


 

The Spot

Bloody Hill, Yarra Valley. "It's called that 'cos it's bloody steep!" - Timo Mayer

The Dirt

Mostly grey soils & broken sandstone that is the hallmark of Yarra Valley, the oldest wine region in Victoria.

The Fruit

Densely planted, low-yielding vines; varietals he doesn't grow are sourced to exacting standards.

The Art

The philosophy is simple: "bring back the funk!" The result: Wines that are elegant, complex, thought-provoking.

Wines by Mayer

Mayer Bloody Hill Pinot Noir 2018

Pinot Noir
Mayer, Yarra Valley, Victoria (Australia)
12.5 % ABV (750 ml)
RM 126.00
   LIMITED (22 remaining) 
  • Sweetness
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Tannins
  • Finish

Off-dry, medium bodied, acidic, low tannin, finish medium-plus
~ The ONE that isn't whole bunch fermented, but super drinkable (yet ageworthy!)

Mayer Cabernet 2018

Cabernet Sauvignon
Mayer, Yarra Valley, Victoria (Australia)
12.5 % ABV (750 ml)
RM 199.00
   LIMITED (24 remaining) 
  • Sweetness
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Tannins
  • Finish

Off-dry, body medium-plus, acidic, medium tannin, finish medium-plus
~ Spicy, perfumed, classic Cabernet in Timo's signature funky style

Mayer Chardonnay 2018

Chardonnay
Mayer, Yarra Valley, Victoria (Australia)
12.5 % ABV (750 ml)
RM 189.00
   LIMITED (10 remaining) 
  • Sweetness
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Finish

Dry, medium bodied, high acidity, medium finish
~ Textural wild yeast fermented, cool climate acidity

Mayer Close Planted Pinot Noir 2018

Pinot Noir
Mayer, Yarra Valley, Victoria (Australia)
13.0 % ABV (750 ml)
RM 213.00
   LIMITED (24 remaining) 
  • Sweetness
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Tannins
  • Finish

Dry, medium bodied, acidic, low tannin, finish medium-plus
~ A mix of whole bunch and de-stemmed pinot; fresh fruit with stalky savouriness

Mayer Gamay 2018

Gamay
Mayer, Yarra Valley, Victoria (Australia)
12.5 % ABV (750 ml)
RM 199.00
   LIMITED (24 remaining) 
  • Sweetness
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Tannins
  • Finish

Dry, body medium-plus, high acidity, medium tannin, finish medium-plus
~ Carbonic maceration & long skin contact highlight juicy fruit to complement stemmy funk

Mayer Nebbiolo 2018

Nebbiolo
Mayer, Yarra Valley, Victoria (Australia)
12.0 % ABV (750 ml)
RM 199.00
   IN STOCK 
  • Sweetness
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Tannins
  • Finish

Dry, light bodied, acidic, low tannin, medium finish
~ Delicate & delicious, with a whole bunch twist!

Mayer Syrah 2018

Shiraz / Syrah
Mayer, Yarra Valley, Victoria (Australia)
13.0 % ABV (750 ml)
RM 199.00
   LIMITED (23 remaining) 
  • Sweetness
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Tannins
  • Finish

Dry, full-bodied, acidic, medium tannin, long finish
~ Intense yet amazingly fresh & vivid

Mayer The Doktor Pinot Noir 2018

Pinot Noir
Mayer, Yarra Valley, Victoria (Australia)
13.0 % ABV (750 ml)
RM 213.00
   IN STOCK 
  • Sweetness
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Tannins
  • Finish

Off-dry, body medium-plus, acidic, low tannin, long finish
~ The revolutionary whole bunch drop. Savoury, textural, fresh, enlightening