This is Merlot, but certainly not as you know it! Timo produces this semi-carbonically, which lends itself to gorgeous, fine-grained tannins that perfectly compliment the classic, plummy Merlot fruit. Dark plums and blackberries are woven with cracked black pepper and sweet spice, and an elegant, herbal note on the finish. This is a vibrant expression that redefines Merlot in the best possible way.
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.