“93 points. An even flow of berried flavour, immaculate balance, a bit extra on the finish, the impression that everything is pure and unadorned, texture, style and interest are all here in spades.” (James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion)
You would not expect a wine coming from old vines, some dating back to the mid-1800s, to be retailing for less than £17 per bottle. But that is the case with the 2018 Turkey Flat Butcher’s Blend GSM.
Turkey Flat Vineyards is one of the oldest wineries in the Barossa Valley, founded around 1847. Today the fourth generation of the Schulz family are caretakers of this remarkable estate, as they continue the tradition of producing high-quality wines from the estate's venerable old vineyards.
The Butcher’s Block GSM consists of Grenache 49%, Shiraz 35% and Mourvedre 16%. Part of the grapes come from the home vineyard at Bethany, that has some of the oldest vines in the Barossa, planted by Peter Schulz's great-grandfather Ernest Schulz.
The wine has the drive, focus and intensity that comes from old vines. It’s super fragrant with tantalising spices and is remarkable value at this price.
“Deep and vibrant crimson-purple colour. Cherry liqueur, cured meats and tapenade - a complex, savoury nose. Plums and strawberry jam on first sip taper to chalky tannins and an earthy, dry finish. Serious and compelling at this price” Nick Butler (The Real Review)
A blend of Grenache 49%, Shiraz 35% and Mourvedre 16% from original vines on the estate Bethany vineyard. There are aromas of dark fruit such as blackberries and cherries, along with some hints of vanilla and spice.
On the palate, the wine has plenty of flavour and intensity with generous fruit flavours of red and dark berry fruits, framed by ripe tannins and spicy oak notes.
Overall, Turkey Flat Butchers Block Red 2018 is a well-crafted and enjoyable wine, full of the rich flavours of the Barossa Valley. It is delicious now and can be enjoyed for a decade.