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Turkey Flat

www.turkeyflat.com.au

Bethany Road, Tanunda 5352

Cellar Door: Daily (11- 5)

Ph: (08) 8563 2851

Turkey Flat grenache vines
Turkey Flat's ninety year old Grenache vines
turkey flat label

Another long time Barossa grape grower turned to wine maker.

It was here, on the banks of Tanunda Creek where bush turkeys once roamed, that pioneer Salesian settler Johann Friedrich August Fiedler planted the first Shiraz vines in 1843.

His vines flourished and the land – Section One, in the Hundred of Moorooroo – was bought in 1865 by Gottlieb Ernst Schulz, a successful butcher who established a thriving retail business among the vines.

However, the activity was confined to grape growing until in 1990 Peter, a fourth generation Schulz, and his wife, Christie, made the transition from grape growing to winemaking.

They transformed the historic bluestone butchers shop into the cellar door and heart of their Turkey Flat wine business, and made sure that the ancient Shiraz and Grenache vines that Fiedler planted so long ago, now gnarled and twisted, are still a vital part of the process.

There are newer arrivals (Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Dolcetto and recently a Marsanne). The winery is most widely known for its Rose.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Turkey Flat Butchers Block Marsanne Viognier Roussanne 2014

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2015,  49% Marsanne, 35% Viognier and 16% Rousanne, some malo and lees inputs, bright citrus blossom nose, rich and creamy lemon butter, poached pear and orange with ginger biscuit and nougat nuances, there’s whiff of vanilla oak, zesty grapefruit acidity provides the cut and drive although arguably not enough (****)

Turkey Flat Rose 2014

Purchased: Vintage Cellars, Toorak ($20)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2015, the 21st release is derived from 93% Grenache, 4% Shiraz, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1%Dolcetto,  despite the vivid red/salmon pink colour it is quite dry at only 4 gm/l residual sugar, verging on medium bodied cranberry and raspberry with garden herb and rose petal notes, refreshing crisp acid balance, now old school but always a goodie (****)

Turkey Flat Rose 2013

Purchased: Vintage Cellars, Toorak ($20)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, the 20th release of one of my summer standards, derived from 81% Grenache, 10% Shiraz, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Dolcetto in a hot, dry vintage, bright fuschia/salmon pink colour, quite aromatic in light-medium bodied format (fuller than most Roses), watermelon, raspberries and cranberry with a sprinkle of garden herb and rose petals, viscous with balancing sour acidic finish, fine phenolics in the almost bone-dry finish (****)

Turkey Flat Rose 2012

Purchased: Vintage Cellars, Toorak ($22)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting:  Nov 2012, derived from 67% Grenache, 22% Shiraz, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Dolcetto, perfumed and light-medium bodied watermelon, strawberry and cranberry with a touch of garden herb and musk, fuller and slightly sour edged mid-palate, lively acidic finish with a light touch of phenolics and a trace of residual sugar although is still fairly dry at under 5 gms/l rs (****)

Turkey Flat Butcher’s Block Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2010

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, old vine blend of 53% Shiraz, 31% Grenache and 16% Mourvedre, ripe and spicy blackcurrant, cherry and plum with black pepper, violet and musk notes, earthy and brooding with firm, dusty tannins and mocha-cedar-cinnamon oak (***1/2)

Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Rose 2011

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, derived from 61% Grenache, 22% Shiraz, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Dolcetto, continues in the more restrained style of recent releases but is fuller than most Roses, light-medium bodied entry of watermelon, strawberry and cranberry with a touch of garden herb and musk, leads to a slightly sour mid-palate palate with blueberry nuances, lively acidic finish with soft tannins and a trace of residual sugar (****)

Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Grenache 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, from the 90 year old vines, smooth, spicy and fleshy with some concentrated dark plum and raspberry flavours and lifted five spice, dried fennel and pepper aspects, medium bodied with earthy/meaty undertones, lingering open knit powdery tannins with a dash of dark chocolate/cinnamon on the finish, return to form (****)

Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, tarry and glycerolly blackberry pastille and plumcake with a dash of liquorice, white pepper, asian spice and some red fruit on the finish, minerally, medium-full bodied palate, slinky tannins and a dab of chocolate associated with the toasty cinnamon/nutmeg/cedar from French oak, well crafted but as with other drought vintages the fruit is slightly overcooked for a higher score (****)

Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Mourvedre 2009

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, spicy blueberry and plum with leather, violet, dried herb and white pepper notes, medium bodied with loose knit grainy tannins and an earthy/sandalwood finish, the 20 months in French oak puncheons makes the oak component fairly overt when first opened so needs a decent decant (***1/2)

Turkey Flat Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($47)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2010, from their 1847 vines, mainly picked before the March extreme heatwave but does seem to have some slight baked raisened aspects on the back end of the palate, otherwise it is pretty good, tarry and glycerolly blackberry and plum with liquorice and toasty cinnamon/nutmeg, the silky medium-full bodied palate has a streak of minerality, firm tannins and a dab of chocolate associated with the spicy cedar/clove French oak (****)

Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($47)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, from ancient 1847 vines, ripe and minerally black cherry and redcurrant with fruitcake,leather and nutmeg notes, medium-full bodied and a bit tarry with long savoury tannins providing the contrast to the sweet entry, the French oak brings cedar and a dab of chocolate, shows the resilience of these old vines despite the challenging vintage (****1/2)

Turkey Flat Pedro Ximenez NV

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, very ripe fruit was harvested at 18 baume and fortified with 17 year old brandy spirit, amber coloured, lush apricot marmalade, dried fig caramel and citrus peel character, very long with well integrated spirit, a whisper of French oak on finish (****)

Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Rose 2009

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, 60% Grenache, 19% Shiraz, 16% Cab Sav, 5% Dolcetto, ruby red colour,fresh array of gentlely spiced red fruits on the entry showing raspberry, stawberry and mulberry but then to a dry and slightly sour palate with blueberry nuances, zesty acidic finish with soft tannins, has a litle more vibrancy than usual (****)

Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Mourvedre 2007

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, savoury plum and redcurrant with pepper, cinnamon, dried herb and leather nuances, medium-full bodied with firm tannins with restrained French oak (***1/2)

Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Grenache 2006

Purchased: Norwood Hotel (Dan Murphys), Adelaide $24

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, from ninety year old vines, lighter bodied feel than the 15% alcohol would indicate, quite dry showing dark plum, cherry and prune, peppery back half with some cinnamon-vanilla oak inputs with a savoury finish of soft powdery tannins, lacks genuine depth (***)

Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Pedro Ximenez NV

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, dehydrated fruit was harvested at 18 baume and fortified with 17 year old brandy spirit, brown-amber colour, sweet sherry with lush apricot marmalade, caramel and citrus peel character, intense with well integrated spirit, hint of French oak on finish, sherry with class (****)

Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Grenache 2005

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) March 2007, from 90 year old estate vines, lush and sweet and confectionary raspberry, blueberry and savoury plum, rich and spicy palate is fairly forward, cedary-chocolate oak with soft tannins (***1/2)

Turkey Flat Butchers Block White 2005

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, 54% Marsanne, 46% Viognier, complex array of lime, apricot, stonefruit with a hint of pineapple, partial barrel fermentation in French oak has added toasty vanilla flavours to finish, good intensity, minerally backbone and balanced acid (***1/2)

Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Rose 2006

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) asting: March 2007, 64% Grenache, 19% Shiraz, 11% Cab Sav, 6% Dolcetto, vivid red, bouquet shows red cherry and other red fruits, dry palate shows sweet raspberry up front, and moves to a dry and slightly sour palate with blackberry and blueberry nuances, crisp acidic finish, even has some tannins (***1/2)

Turkey Flat Butchers Block Red 2005

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, 41% Shiraz, 40% Grenache, 19% Mourvedre, sweet and forward blend of Rhone varieties, blackberry, stewed plum and blueberry, spicy and jammy palate has cinnamon and clove notes, balanced tannins and oak (***)

Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Rose 2005

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda ($20)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, 52% Grenache, 26% Shiraz, 16% Cab Sav, 6% Dolcetto, vivid red, bouquet shows red cherry and other red fruits, palate shows sweet raspberry and strawberry on front of palate, quickly moves to sour palate with crisp acidic finish (***1/2)