Turkey Flat Butchers Block Red, 2018/19, Tanunda Creek, Barossa Valley, Australia
The Turkey Flat vineyards are located on the banks of the Tanunda Creek, in the heart of the Barossa Valley. Turkey Flat is the local name for the vineyard property and is believed to be named by the original settlers in the late 1840s after the large flocks of native bush turkeys in the area. It was here that the first Shiraz vines were planted in 1847, propagating from cuttings from Hermitage Hill in the Rhône Valley in the 1830s and still remaining a productive part of Turkey Flats vineyards today. The Schulz family became owners of the Turkey Flat property in around 1865 and, while they continued to tend the ancient vineyard, they also developed a thriving butcher’s business. Today the business is still family owned and run by fourth generation, Christie Schulz, and continues to remain a Rhône varietal expert.
Named in honour of the original use for the building that now houses the Turkey Flat Cellar Door, the Butchers Block Red is a structured, fruit-driven & medium bodied wine. A crowd-pleasing style of wine that offers excellent value for money. Each varietal is vinified & aged individually in French oak barrels before the final blending process. Shiraz adds the generous mouthfeel, Grenache the spice and cherry-like sweetness and Mataro the backbone, savoury edge and fragrance. e inspired by the whites of the Rhone Valley. A medium-bodied palate with red and black berries. Layers of spice, dark plum, cassis and berry fruit adorn the palate - pleasantly held together by fine tannins. Smooth & delicious. A food friendly red if there ever was one! This deceptively lighter style wine is equally comfortable being enjoyed with a cheese & charcuterie board or a warm home cooked meal.