A Wonderful Old Vine Shiraz from Barossa Valley | 95pts Wine Companion | 94pts WineFront
"The establishment date of Turkey Flat is given as 1990 but it might equally have been 1870 (or thereabouts), when the Schulz family purchased the Turkey Flat vineyard, or 1847, when the vineyard was first planted - to the very old shiraz that still grows there today and the 8ha of equally old grenache. Plantings have since expanded significantly, now comprising shiraz (24ha), grenache (10.5ha), cabernet sauvignon (5.9ha), mourvedre (3.7ha), and smaller plantings of marsanne, viognier and dolcetto." James Halliday
"38% new French oak, 15% whole bunches. Ground coffee, ripe plum/redcurrant and blackberry flavours sweep confidently through the palate, chicory and sweet earth characters carried along for the ride. It's not flashy or necessarily seductive, but it's the most impeccable Barossa shiraz you could ever hope to find. It will mature beautifully." 95pts - Campbell Mattinson - Wine Companion
"I didn’t get a personal note from winemaker Mark Bulman with this box of samples, which was quite upsetting for me. Amazingly, this is the first TF Shiraz I’ve reviewed on The Wine Front. Dark brooding wine, with glimmers of raspberry, clove and toast, subdued perfume, and dried beef. It’s full-bodied, tannin is firm and tightly packed, some tobacco and toast, but kind of locked up as a young wine. Acidity is settled, and there’s something like boysenberry freshness hiding in the darkness. It’s pretty long, grainy and full to close. It feels like a wine with a big future." 94pts - Gary Walshe - WineFront
Where this wine comes from - Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley is Australia’s best-known wine region and there’s a good reason why. The wines certainly live up to their international reputation, particularly Barossa Shiraz. With long, warm summers, the region produces full-bodied styles with power and panache. The reds are rich and luscious in their youth with dark-berried flavours, fruit intensity and fine-grained tannins, which mature gracefully with time in the cellar. But there’s more to the region than Shiraz. Grenache and Mourvèdre do more than play a supporting role in GSM blends, they’re standing on their own two feet as single varietal wines. And with a new school of winemakers at the helm, the region is in good hands for a long and healthy future.