Timo Mayer Volcanic Syrah 2022


Syrah isn’t exactly the varietal that comes to mind when you think of the Yarra Valley, but in the past 12 months some of my favourite wines from anywhere have been Yarra Valley Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. More generous than I’d expected, plusher and the whole bunches play their part, but not overly so. Extremely complex, a compote of red and black fruits, sweet and savoury spice, lavender, violet, geranium, compost and cured meats. Pure mouthfeel, slightly slippery, firming up with mineral, chalky tannins. A feeling of total balance and the threads of the highest quality woven neatly, but pulled not too tight. Absolutely stunning. Waters Wine Co


95 points – Mike Bennie, The Winefront

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Bicknell FC is the label of Nicky Harris and David Bicknell, chief winemaker at Oakridge. David Bicknell is one of Australia’s greatest winemakers and we have had many a superb cellared bottle contest between Oakridge and Bicknell FC.

All the fruit is from a close planted vineyard at Gladysdale, planted in 1988. This is an exceptionally cool site, perfect for making fresh, intense and vivid wines.You could not have hoped for a better spot in the Upper Yarra. The site has great diurnal range, warm days and cool nights, and despite the elevation is able to consistently produce full flavoured and fleshy wines due to its rich volcanic soil. Tiny quantities only, with 1.Ha of Chardonnay and 1.5ha of Pinot Noir, with a few hundred dozen made in any given vintage.

Winemaking is simple and classic. Wild unhurried cool ferments, absolutely no additions apart from small quantities of sulphur, ageing in used wood and for the reds, minimal punchdowns. Casks are rigorously topped up and the maturing process is kept short, retaining freshness and a certain structural angularity so well suited to Yarra Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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