The Turkey Flat vineyards and winery are now situated on the historic Section One property in the centre of the Barossa. The Schulz family became owners of the Turkey Flat property in around 1865 and while they continued to tend the ancient vineyard, they also developed a thriving butchers business.
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. Much of the credit for the best Shiraz made in the Barossa is due to old vines such as these. 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.
From vines dating back to 1847, hand-picked, open-fermented with 10% whole bunches, matured in French oak (40% new) for 18 months. The price of this classic estate-grown wine has been increased, but not by much, leaving this as underpriced as it is a beautifully crafted wine with a history all of its own. It has power and presence, and above all a purity of taste and structure. The black fruits have waves and crosscurrents of flavour and texture, the finish long and balanced. Drink to: 2051; Price: $50.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2018; Alcohol: 14.2%; Rating: 98 Points & Special Value Star; Top 100 Wines for 2018; James Halliday Wine Companion
Gold Medal & 95 Points - National Wine Show of Australia 2018
Gold Medal - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2018
This is a cracking release of this wine, more svelte than I can recall, yet still holding richness and flavour. Quite a compact feel in the palate with fine, feathery tannins a feature. It’s still got lashings of clove spice, pencil shavings, tobacco, but the real deal is the currant-cherry fruit flavours and a distinct lick of liquorice. It’s not a huge wine but it makes its presence known with bold aromas and flavours with the finish a neat smudge of additional chewy tannin. I like the vibe; it’s a bit more elegant than expected though it has a sense of lushness too. Tasted: Oct 18; Alcohol: 14.2%; Price: $50.00; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018 - 2030+; Rated: 94 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
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