2020 Mayer Syrah
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.
Timo sources his Syrah from a small portion of the Bloody Hill vineyard, and uses 100% whole bunch fermentation for his trademark vivid, stalky aromatics. Intense and flavourful, with plentiful texture and tannin, balanced by fresh acidity.
All bunches, all the time.
Smoky, peppery, game meat, mushroom and sour cherries. Fleshy textured, game meat flavours and cherry juice, fine, bony tannins, loaded with pepperiness to taste, almost tactile in that regard, with excellent length to boot. Succulent red of light to medium weight here. Fantastic too. One for the cellar.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front