Timo sources his Syrah from a small portion of the 'Bloody Hill' vineyard - affectionately named as such because it is 'that bloody hill' that Timo treks up and down every day. He used uses 100% whole bunch fermentation to create his trademark vivid, stalky aromatics. Intense and flavourful, with plentiful texture and tannin, balanced by fresh acidity. Not your average Australian Shiraz, that's for sure.
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.