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.
Brilliant Barossa Shiraz that comes off the back of an unnervingly good array of new releases. This sits just above medium weight with great depth of flavour but a levity and freshness born from fine tannin and bright acidity. Red berries, lots of sweeet spice, light herbal notes and judicious wood seasoning. This drinks like a charm.
96 points, Wine Business Magazine
38% new French oak, 15% whole bunches. Ground coffee, ripe plum/redcurrant and blackberry flavours sweep confidently through the palate, chicory and sweet earth characters carried along for the ride. It's not flashy or necessarily seductive, but it's the most impeccable Barossa shiraz you could ever hope to find. It will mature beautifully.
95 points, Wine Companion (February 2020)
Dark brooding wine, with glimmers of raspberry, clove and toast, subdued perfume, and dried beef. It’s full-bodied, tannin is firm and tightly packed, some tobacco and toast, but kind of locked up as a young wine. Acidity is settled, and there’s something like boysenberry freshness hiding in the darkness. It’s pretty long, grainy and full to close. It feels like a wine with a big future.
94+ points, The Wine Front (May 2020)
This offers blueberry, blackberry and some red to dark-plum aromas with chocolate and tar, as well as licorice, cloves and more. The palate has a seriously luscious texture and depth of ripe blackberries and dark plums. Such smooth tannins abound here.
94 points, JamesSuckling.com (September 2020)
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.