Timo Mayer doesn’t do mainstream. Never has, never will.
He believes that this is the only 100% whole bunch Cabernet made anywhere in the world. But as Halliday says, maybe Timo is the only person who can pull it off.
Richard Hemming from jancisrobinson.com gave it 17.5 points (“superior +” according to their rating scale).
If you’re after the safety of Margaret River or Coonawarra for your cabernets, then maybe this wine is not for you. If you’re happy to venture off the beaten track, give it a go!
Andrew Marks is one of the quiet achievers of the Yarra Valley. He works with Timo Mayer on his family’s Gembrook Hill range of wines, but sources grapes for his own The Wanderer label from vineyards throughout the Yarra Valley. He also does an excellent Carignan during his annual pilgimage to Catalunya. And in his spare time, makes and markets gin under The Melbourne Gin Company label.
This 2015 Syrah is a brand new release, with just 18 bottles collected by me from the winery on Thursday. Two bottles are going into my Singapore cellar leaving 16 for retail.
It’s missed this week’s airfreight so if ordered will be in Singapore in the second week of January.
It’s safe to say you won’t see this wine much outside of Australia.
I called in to see Syd Bradford a couple of months ago at his Yarra Valley vineyard off the very Australian sounding Healesville – Koo Wee Rup Road. The vineyard’s not easy to find – no signs, closed gate and the house set well back from the road.
At that time I was collecting some of Syd’s “Driftwood” Pinot Noir Gamay when he said “come and have a look at my new tasting room”. It’s a gem. Gravel floors, lots of tin and a wall lined in used oak staves (not Syd’s I might add). Lot’s of earthy, winery character and being quite small, a cosy place for a small group to taste some of his wines. Let me know if you are down that way and I’ll introduce you.
I was just about to leave when, with obvious pleasure, Syd passed me a bottle of the 2015 Levings Pinot Noir and said “try this, it’s the first Pinot we’ve made off our own vines.”
Hence the name Levings, which was the name of the property when Syd originally acquired it.
I carted the bottle back to Singapore and finally tried it a few weeks ago, and I was impressed. Great body but a smoothness to it even at this very young age. It oozes quality and finesse. Halliday agrees giving it 96 points. 36 bottles are now sitting in Victoria waiting to come up. Four bottles have already been allocated to the Boxall cellar in Singapore and the remaing 32 are ready to come up in early October if you’re interested.