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Product Description

Turkey Flat Shiraz

Vintage: Current Vintage (Enquiries Welcome)

Region : Barossa

Oak Treatment - 20 Months matured in new & seasoned French Oak HogsheadsBottled - December 2012

Colour - Crimson purple

Nose - Red berries, pepper and cedar

Palate - Bright fruit characters with structured tannins and supportive oak


Alcohol - 14.5%ahl

Winemaker Mark Bulman

The Turkey Flat Vineyard boasts some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. Planted in 1847, these hard-working gnarled old vines are still producing fantastic grapes. They are dry grown with their roots extending metres into the soil in search of moisture.
The fact that these vines still exist is largely due to a far-sighted quarantine scheme, in which South Australia was spared the phylloxera outbreak which devastated the vineyards of Europe, America and subsequently parts of Australia in the late 1800's.
The 2011 growing season was atypical for the ordinarily sun-drenched Barossa Valley. A cool and wet summer was instrumental in the approach to the winemaking, leading to a Turkey Flat Shiraz unusually dominated by parcels from our more exposed sites. These sites, in particular our Stonewell vineyard, have shallow soils and vines with low vigour, exposing low-yielding fruit. These factors allowed full ripening to occur in 2011.
The resultant wine is typical to the Turkey Flat style. It has a deep colour with iodine hues, a bright nose of red fruits balanced by a subtle pepper influence. The palate is supported by long tannins and carefully chosen French oak lifts the fruit, lengthens the palate and adds longevity to the wine. Cellar 10 years plus.

Harvested - March – April 2011
Maturity at Harvest - 13.5º-14.5º Baumé
Yeast Type - Various, L2056, L2226, D254, EC1118
Fermentation Temp - 18º to 26º C
Time on Skins - 6-20 Days
MLF - Spontaneous in barrels

Reviews and Awards

2011 Turkey Flat Shiraz - ripe aromas of spiced plums

Deep colour; dark and brooding on the bouquet, with ripe aromas of spiced plums, fruitcake, blackberry and a lifted not of sea spray; the palate is tightly wound and full of fresh fruits, dense tannins and a lick of licorice lingering on the long finish.

2011 Shiraz - elegant

Elegant Barossa shiraz from a old vines in a cool year. Red plum, berry and nutty oak aromas precede a finely proportioned, medium-weight palate treading an interesting line between rips & savoury characters. Ageing? Drink over 8 years Food ideas - herbed veal chops, lamb pie Rating: 93/100

2011 Shiraz - You won't find a more composed, meticulously crafted Barossa shiraz

The famous Turkey Flat Barossa shiraz from one of the coolest, wettest years anyone can remember. This is released in March 2013. You won’t find a more composed, meticulously crafted Barossa shiraz. This tastes as though it’s been fussed over. That said, if your general drinking fare consists of Barossa shiraz and lots of it – then you might want to taste this before you put in your standard order. It’s just a suggestion. It’s reflective of the season, and therefore different to previous releases. It’s peppery, for starters. There’s a clear note of coffee grounds, but it is in no way oak dominant. There’s a darkness to the fruit, in terms of flavour, but a lightness in terms of intensity or weight. Not “light”: just lighter than usual. There are dried herb notes and well honed, well ripened, nutty tannins. I think it’s a quality wine, but it may just appeal to cool climate shiraz drinkers more than it does warm climate shiraz drinkers.

Rated : 91+ Points Alcohol : 14.5% Price : $42 Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2015 - 2020+

Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front - January 2013

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