Timo Mayer, The Doctor, Yarra Valley, Australia
APPELLATION: Yarra Valley BLEND: Pinot Noir (100%) WINEMAKER: Timo Mayer
Grapes are sourced from the Bloody Hill vineyard, which is south of Healesville on the base of Mount Toolebewoong. The vineyard lies on a very steep 2.5Ha plot, with shallow gravel topsoil interspersed with broken sandstone over rock. The altitude is around 200 metres above sea level. Climate is cool in relation to the rest of Australia's viticultural regions, with rainfall in the winter and spring, and relatively cool, dry and humid summers. There is limited maritime influence.
The vineyards are run as naturally as the season permits. They shoot thin and green harvest to yield roughly 35hl/ha.
After hand-picking whole bunches undergo natural ferment in open vats, with minimum intervention. Wines are then aged for 11 months in French hogsheads on lees. They are only handled once, the week before bottling when they are put in a blending tank and lightly sulfer adjusted. Wines are bottled without fining or filtration.
On the nose there’s raspberry, blueberry, sour cherry and plenty of sweet spice. The whole bunch pressing give this wine an incredible texture – a little stalky but in balance with a cranberry accented acidity. Tannins are firm and layered, it will only get better with age.
Producer - Timo Mayer
Country - Australia
Region - Victoria
Appellation - Yarra Valley
Variety / Blend - Pinot Noir
Wine Style - Red Wine
Farming - Organic