Turkey Flat 2013 Grenache: Tasting Note

Barossa is blessed with some fantastic old vines, many being Shiraz and Turkey Flat GrenacheGrenache which survived the vine-pull scheme of the 1980’s.  Turkey Flat is one producer with a number of these old vines. The Turkey Flat 2013 Grenache is predominately sourced from 98 year old Grenache vines grown on the vineyard at Bethany.

On the nose its bright and fresh. Exhibiting more dark fruit, and ripe cherry aromas. Some earthiness in the background. Floral hints (lavender) waft around.

On the palate more juicy dark fruit, complementing the sweet spice.  Nice herbal edge keeps it interesting. Generally quite fresh and juicy, with a gentle grippy tannins suggesting some ageing potential. Definitely see the Turkey Flat Grenache slightly chilled on a warm summers day with cured meats, black olives and some char-grilled vegetables.

Also check out the new release of the Turkey Flat 2013 Butcher Block Red.

Alcohol: 14.5%
RRP: $29
Region: Barossa
Source: Provided by producer

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Turkey Flat 2014 Mataro: Tasting Note

With about 16 different names around the world its no wonder consumers get confused with Mataro/Mourvedre/Monastrell/Esparte et al.  So I’m sure wine enthusiasts will be grateful for Turkey Flat deciding to use the much easier to pronounce Mataro.  Turkey Flat mataro

On the nose the Turkey Flat 2014 Mataro has some sweet blue fruits, floral violets, and gamey meats in the background. Nice complexity. On the palate its medium bodied, which wouldn’t dominate too many foods.

Savouriness is the dominant character rather than fruit, which makes a nice change for a Barossa wine. Black olive brine, beef stock/Marmite savouriness lurking in the depths. Acid contributing to the juiciness. Fine tannins make for a seductive and interesting drink. Middle of winter, slow cooked goodness (specifically a Moroccan roast vegetable tagine) and the Turkey Flat Mataro, would be a perfect match.

Also check out the new release of the Turkey Flat 2013 Butcher Block Red.

Alcohol: 14.5%
RRP: $32
Region: Barossa
Source: Provided by producer

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Turkey Flat 2013 Butchers Block Red: Tasting Note

Around South Australia you get to experience a broad range of the GSM/SGM styles of wine.  Each consistent with the theme, but also incredibly varied. Some are obviously Grenache dominant, with its bright red medium weight fruit. While others Shiraz dominant, darker tones and a little more body weight. So its always a please to see each winemakers take on the theme. Turkey Flat bbr

The Turkey Flat 2013 Butchers Block Red (48% Shiraz, 28% Grenache, 24% Mataro) once again over delivers for the price. On the nose there’s a combination of warm earth and old fashioned roses.  Some savoury elements which I often see in Turkey Flat wines. Hints of ripe strawberry, and warm Indian spice.

On the palate blackcurrent, cassis, fennel seed/liquorice (which I often see in the Turkey Flat Shiraz).  Its dark and brooding, but still with a lightness of touch consistent with the style. The sympathetic tannins don’t get in the way, and maintain a supporting role.

Alcohol: 14.5%
RRP: $20
Region: Barossa
Source: Provided by producer

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Wirra Wirra 2013 Church Block: Tasting Note

The Wirra Wirra Church Block from McLaren Vale is always a crowd pleaser, and the 2013 doesn’t disappoint. Its good value, fruit forward, everyday WirraWirra Church Blockdrinking. On the nose there is ripe dark fruits, subtle chocolate and roast meats. The herbeacousness  from the Cabernet is less prominent than the 2012 Church Block.  Even though its Cabernet dominant (50%), with Shiraz (37%) and 13% Merlot.

On the palate the 2013 Church Block has dark ripe fruit (mulberry, boysenberry) leap out and kept in balance with fresh acid zing. Soft chalky tannins would happily match with a broad range of foods. Nice length and warming alcohol.

Alcohol: 14.5%
RRP: $20
Region: McLaren Vale
Source: Provided by producer

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Game of Rhones – A Tale of Five Cities

This winter comes a tale­ of distant lands, of vineyard toil. A tale of five cities. After sellout events in Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane in 2014, popular wine event Game of Rhones will this year expand to Sydney and Auckland.

Game of Rhones is a combative celebration of the classic grape varieties of the Rhone Valley in France. Think Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane to name just a few.

With more than 40 of Australia and New Zealand’s best producers on show at Game of Rhones, there will be over 100 wines on tasting as well as hearty fare and local beer and cider.

Game of Rhones

Game of Rhones – supplied

For those keen on gaining extra insight, the Rhone Bar will again be the place to taste wines from ‘Beyond the Wall’ (ie: the Rhone Valley). Manned by some of the individual cities best sommeliers, they will be on hand to talk attendees through this vinous homeland offering wines by the glass at virtually cost price.

The interactive showcase encourages guests to taste and choose their favourite variety, style and region on the day by casting their votes for the Peoples Choice award for a chance to win some epic prizes. Wines will also be available to purchase on the day at cellar door prices.

With the blind (folded) tasting ‘torture chamber’ back again (a highlight of previous Game of Rhones instalments), an enthusiasm for the wine producers to dress in theme, as well as attendees for that matter, Game of Rhones is set for another monstrous campaign.

Tickets available at www.gameofrhones.com

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Primo Estate 2013 Shale Stone Shiraz – Tasting Note

Lots of typical McLaren Vale Shiraz here, packed full of ripe dark berries, blackPrimo Estate Shale Stone Shiraz pepper, and black olive.  Suggestions of roast meat, and warm earth make for an enjoyable aroma.

On the palate the Primo Estate Shale Stone Shiraz has dark ripe berries, some red berries, soy savouriness, bitter chocolate/cocoa, makes me think of pan forte. Dark and dense, nicely poised with surprisingly soft tannins and fresh acid, means it’s a multiple glass kind of drink.

Alcohol: 14.5%
RRP: $32
Region: McLaren Vale
Source: Sample

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