Turkey Flat (Barossa Valley)
❁ Turkey Flat (Barossa Valley) www.turkeyflat.com.au
Peter & Christie Schulz Bethany Road, Tanunda SA 5352
Tel: 08 8563 2851 Fax: 08 8563 3610
Turkey Flat has a priceless resource of old-vine Barossa fruit. The Schulzes have had the good fortune to have the vines in the family since 1865 (some planted in the 1840s!) though have only been making their own wines since 1990. A decade later they added their own winery but in the interim established their credentials particularly with Shiraz but also Grenache, Sémillon and Cabernet. Shiraz is easily the best wine – succulent and full of old-viney fruit without being overwhelmed by oak. Grenache is even more approachable but lacks a little richness and depth by comparison. A Mourvèdre shows good meaty depth, saddle soap and sinewy tannins. Butcher’s Block is named for a vineyard planted to Mourvèdre, Shiraz and Grenache and although an attractive, perfumed wine it misses the interest and intensity of better examples. Cabernet is powerful but accessible and fleshy with good intensity to its earthy, slightly coarse berry fruit character. Few rosés are worth seeking out but Turkey Flat’s fragrant cherry and berry-fruited off-dry example (from Grenache, Cabernet, Shiraz and Dolcetto) is delicious, fresh and balanced if drunk very young. The Butcher’s Block white is a blend of Marsanne Viognier and Roussanne, still finding its feet, but promising. Marsanne also finds its way into The Last Straw, a vin de paille and the estate also produces two fortified sweet wines, Shiraz VP and a Pedro Ximenez which, while powerful, is more citrus and caramel inflected than its Spanish counterparts – no bad thing. The line up is completed by a sparkling Shiraz and Eden Valley sparkling Chardonnay (not tasted).
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