Turkey Flat Butchers Block Red Blend Barossa Valley
Turkey Flat Butchers Block is named for the original Tanunda butchers building, today in use as the cellar door.
The Butchers Block Block is a traditional Barossa blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvédre (Mataro). Each variety is vinified separately and aged separately in French oak barrels before the final blending.
The wine is a smooth and approachable crowd pleaser, generous enough for immediate (and repeat) drinking but also has the quality to age and develop for a decade if not more.
Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro sourced from some of the 150yo vines on the estate. The price is extremely low for a wine with such history. Red, blue and black berry fruits are woven together by a gently savoury film of tannins and subtle oak justifying the choice to drink it now or much later.
95 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion, September 2018.
Beautifully balanced red wine. Made for drinking. Leather, port wine jelly, star anise, cream-coffee and sweet spices. It flows, it charms, it satisfies. A lovely drink, full stop, and a snip at the price.
92 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, April 2019.
Medium to full red to brick-red colour with the merest tinge of purple, the bouquet is subtle and earthy with spicy notes and a plummy edge. It's admirably fruit-driven. Peppery mataro is evident. The wine is medium-weight at best and savoury, with some forward-development evident. It's ready now, fairly mellow, beautifully balanced and very pleasant drinking.
91 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review, January 2019.
This Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro blend offers a rich and assertively fresh feel on the nose with vibrant raspberries and red plums, framed in smooth, fine-grained tannins on the palate.
91 points, Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com, 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.