Mayer Yarra Valley PinotThis wine is made by Timo Mayer, who is also the winemaker at Gembrook Hill Vineyard – more on that later.

The colour is sparklingly clear and bright, but light, red.

The nose is complex, elegant and enticing … dark and red cherries, some fine spice as well as savoury/forest floor aromas.

The palate is medium bodied only, and sublime; slinky but intense, with all of the above aided by fine tannins and a superfine acid backbone. The finish is extremely long and satisfying, riding through on a wave of savoury tannins, rich red fruit and fine acid. A fine wine of elegance and substance, poise and power, all in absolute harmony, quite a remarkable wine.

James Halliday gives it 97 points in the 2013 Australian Wine Companion and says – ‘Crystal clear crimson; a distinguished Pinot almost living up to the cheeky label (inspired by that of Rousseau’s Grand Cru Chambertin); it is very intense with red and black cherry fruit, spice and perfectly judged savoury/earthy nuances to the fine tannins on the exceptionally long palate.’

If you like this wine you should check out the Pinot Noir of Gembrook Hill (they sell only from the winery); also a pure and stunning wine. The 2010 Gembrook Hill is a tad lighter than this Mayer (the colour is that of rosé), but the wine is magnificent.

This wine was purchased at the Wine Culture ‘clearance sale’ at their shop in Roseville Sydney; some clearance sale. Wine Culture is full of wines like this and so many other gems; if you are on Sydney’s north side and you are a wine lover, you need to be acquainted with Wine Culture.

We tasted this wonderful wine with a slow roasted (8 hours) shoulder of pork with a soy honey glaze, and some sautéed spinach and roasted carrots to assist. The food was great but it does tend to play second fiddle in the presence of this wine; if in doubt avoid food and savour the wine!

The 2010 wines from these tiny producers will have long gone, and 2011 is a year that is best avoided by wine collectors in Australia (except Margaret River, and maybe the Hunter); however it is expected that many of the 2012 wines will be superior to 2010. I have already tried several of the new release 2012 wines and my advice is … forget the rest, these are the best.