Turkey Flat Shiraz, Barossa Valley
The historic Turkey Flat property, near Tanunda in the heart of the Barossa Valley, lies on rich, alluvial soils adjacent to Bethany Creek. The Turkey Flat wine includes parcels of original, old-vine material from estate-owned, low-yielding, low-vigour vineyards of varying ages in the Bethany and Stonewell sub-regions.
The wine is vinified in open, stainless-steel fermenters, followed by around 20 months maturation in new and seasoned French oak hogsheads. Turkey Flat Shiraz is the result of an intricate blending process. Each parcel of fruit with potential for inclusion is individually vinified and barrel-aged. The final blend excludes all but the very finest components, providing certainty as to quality, consistency and longevity. The wine is typified by dark cherry and chocolate-like aromas and flavours, ripe, textured tannins, plenty of fruit sweetness, concentration and flavour length.
'Barossa Shiraz in very fine form.
It’s a full-bodied wine but it’s also a wine of finesse. The fruit is served fresh, the tannin fine, the finish juicy and lingering. It tastes of boysenberry and blackberry, earth and toast, hay and cedarwood. It gets up and going quickly and then sings convincingly throughout. The key take-home here is the word ‘fresh’. It looks at the line and walks right down the middle of it, in full control, nothing overdone, nothing out of place.'
95 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront, July 2019.
"The cadence of this wine fits best with the Barossan archetype: avuncular, warm and comforting. This said, it also embraces a lighter, fresher and more aromatic form. Violet, clove and sweet cherry liqueur teem along well portioned vanilla pod oak and anise-doused grape tannins. Svelte and long."
94 points, Wine Companion (March 2019)
"Deep red/purple colour. Smoky and meaty aromas, toasty-barrel influenced and peppery, the palate crisp and tight with a little tannin bitterness, which is quite pleasant. Tight, refined, taut and intense. Good concentration, but not overwrought. A superb wine with future potential."
95 points, The Real Review (June 2019)
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.