Timo Mayer The Doktor Pinot Noir 2018

Timo Mayer The Doktor Pinot Noir2018


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Similar to his Close Planted Pinot Noir, this is made from the best fruit from Timo's Bloody Hill Vineyard. 100% whole bunch are used, leading to a wildly spicy and aromatic nose and savoury texture.

Why we love it: 

The Master of Australian whole bunch Pinot!

Drink with: 

Game meats, saucisson

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Yarra Valley
Blend Info.
100% Pinot Noir
Bottle Vol.
Serving Temp.


Timo Mayer

Timo Mayer is the eponymous brand established by the German-born, eastern Yarra Valley-based winemaker in 1999. Timo grew up near Stuttgart, belonging to a family who had made wine for over 400 hundred years, where many grape growers process their harvest in co-operative winemaking cellars. Most of the wines made there are for consumption by locals, and aren’t very exciting, yet Timo didn’t want to take over the family business. Instead, Timo decided to leave Germany and ended up in Australia. Whilst in Florida Timo met his wife Rhonda, and in 1993 they had their first child, prompting Timo to think about their future. Timo settled on the Yarra Valley, followed by completing an oenology degree at Charles Sturt University. Timo wanted to truly understand the Yarra Valley, to make wines that suited its cool climate. The vineyard was planted on the side of Mount Toolebewong, its steepness earning it (and the wines) the title of ‘Bloody Hill.’ With his day job at Gembrook Hill winery, Timo yearned to explore the production of his own wines. Timo experimented using a technique of whole-bunch fermentation, where the grapes are fermented in a barrel/tank without being destemmed, giving the wines complexity and adding a bit of ‘funkiness.’ Timo is well known in the Australian wine industry for pushing boundaries, being eccentric, and not being at all scared to try things out.

The ‘Bloody Hill Pinot Noir’ is aged in oak for only three months, so it gives the fruit a chance to shine, with loads of raspberry, cranberry and cherry on the nose and palate, as well as savoury notes and spice. The ‘Timo Mayer Cabernet’ has black and red fruit notes, some stalkiness, with perfumed freshness and fine tannins, with the ability to lay down for five or more years.

For more information on Timo Mayer and his wines, head to the website.



Boasting the title of ‘most diverse’ wine region in Australia, Victoria’s vintners know their wine. Despite being the smallest mainland state, Victoria boasts the most wine regions out of all the Australian states and houses a plethora of individual wineries, producing some of Australia's best Pinot Noir, Fortified wine, Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sparkling Wines.

In fact, back in the 1880’s Victoria was Australia’s largest wine producer. However, outbreaks of Phylloxera (aphid like insects that inject venom into the roots of grapevines) and a focus on gold saw wine production in the state grind to a halt. In the 1970s, Victoria’s wine industry enjoyed a resurgence, led by a new generation of talented winemakers keen to take advantage of the diverse climate and soils available in the region.

The world renowned Yarra Valley wine region, is located just an hour from the state’s capital, Melbourne. The region is best known for its Pinot Noir, being that it is the most planted grape and occupies over 36% of vines in the region. The Yarra Valley boasts huge variations in elevation, climate and even soil types, allowing winemakers to be able to produce single vineyard wines that are notable for being unique to their sites.