Mayer Merlot 2021
1 or more bottles$49.49
From St Huberts road / Yarra Valley floor ... dark purple in colour with an intense nose of black fruit. Cassis and red plums on the palate with a soft pressed herb and leafy characters on the aftertaste. A mineral note and fine tannins frame the wine, before the long sweet finish.
Yarra had a great run in this year with enough rain, enough sun, and everything else that is needed for a great Vintage (-covid issues ). There are nine wines this year eight of them 100 % wholebunch . The Estate wines are environmentally sensitive grown, there is very little interference in the cellar (shed) , and are they are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
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Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.
The wine region of Victoria has the highest number of grapevines than any other state in Australia. It is home to over 600 wineries and well-known regions such as Yarra Valley, Heathcote, and Rutherglen. Victoria is situated in the southeastern corner of Australia where due to the location, the climate has a cool maritime influence and is known for its outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with producing Australia’s most famed dessert Muscat and Topaque wines.
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The Yarra Valley is a wine region known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has become a leading wine tourism destination, popular for weekend trips as it is located only an hour’s drive northeast of Melbourne.
The cool climate region has some of the oldest soils in the world, and produces terrific Chardonnays in the leaner, acid-driven style. Long gone are the days of excessively oaked and oily Chardonnays. Superb Pinot Noir is cultivated with tremendous results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and even Sparkling wines of premium quality are also worth seeking out.
Yarra Valley is the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first vines planted in 1838 at Yering Station. Reg Egan founded the iconic Wantirna Estate in 1963, followed by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969 who founded equally lauded Yarra Yering in the foot of the Warramate Hills. Nowadays a fleet of new world wine makers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production. Key wineries to look out for are Mayer, William Downie and Macforbes.
The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.
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About the brand Mayer
In 1999, Timo Mayer established Mayer on the slopes of Mt Toolebewong, Healesville, with his partner Rhonda Ferguson. Also head winemaker at Gembrook Hill Vineyard, Timo makes his own wines from a 2.6 hectare plot on the vineyard, named 'Bloody Hill', because of the effort to walk up and down it every day.
Timo interferes as little as possible in the growing and winemaking process, and the red wines are unfined and unfiltered to show the real expression of the land. The Mayer Close Planted Pinot Noir was listed in some of the hottest, bio-driven wine lists in London. Mayer exports to the UK, Germany, Denmark, Singapore and Japan.