2020 Mayer Cabernet
German born Timo Mayer, along with partner Rhonda Ferguson established Mayer in 1999, on the slopes of Mt Toolebewong, between Healesville & Woori Yallock. They produce a small range of hand crafted, single vineyard wines, believing that wines are made in the vineyard and not the winery. All wines are unfined and unfiltered to show the true expression of the vineyard. Vines are often close-planted, and winemaking frequently utilises a generous use of whole bunch.
We're sure Timo wasn't the first person to throw 100% whole bunch winemaking at Cabernet, but he's certainly balanced the approach better than most would have expected. This is far from the green monster you would fear from this tactic, rather it's exudes vibrant cherry and blueberry fruit, seasoned by wild herbs and spice.
This is so nice. Supple, succulent, fine weave of ferrous tannins build gently, dark berries, cassis, lavender and miscellaneous dried herbs, even an alpine herb note in there too. Palate and bouquet synch with these characters and the texture is just superb. It’s quite ‘modern’ in its feel, where some Mayer wines lean into more savoury character, but it’s beautiful drinking any old way.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front