Timo sources his Cabernet from Yering, which is slightly warmer than his Bloody Hill vineyard. The wine is whole-bunch fermented with wild yeasts. Spicy and stalky, it has the classic black and red berry notes of Cabernet with a perfumed freshness. In Timo's own words: Stalky shit rocks!
Timo Mayer left his native Germany years ago for the Yarra Valley, where he organically farms a 2.5-hectare plot called Bloody Hill, “because it’s bloody steep!” From here, and a couple of other single vineyard sites, he produces handcrafted wines which favour elegance and purity over muscle and showiness.
His winemaking philosophy is “bring back the funk!” His signature is the use of whole bunches during fermentation increasing complexity and giving silkier tannins and freshness. Don't let his easy-going character fool you, these are serious wines made with meticulous skill and care, they taste fantastic now but will age gracefully.