2020 Mayer Merlot
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.
If anyone was going to bring the sexy back to Merlot, it was Timo. But don't come here thinking you'll be getting a soft, easy drinking and uncomplicated red, that was never in Timo's playbook. This Merlot is all about popping aromatics of pepper and spice, leafy herbal notes, and vibrant red fruit. Juicy and savoury, and while it's a touch out of left field, this is a gorgeous expression of the grape that may well convert many back to its charms.
Merlot magic. 100% whole bunch magic.
Green and peppery, cherry juice, red flesh plum – great perfume. Tension and freshness in the palate, surprisingly juicy and bouncy in texture, a lovely slosh of crisp fruit to finish. This is not what you’d call ‘fine, medium weight and elegant’ as a reference to ‘world best examples’ but it is plainly excellent and has immense drinkability.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front