Category Archives: Barossa Valley

Turkey Flat 2013 Shiraz: Tasting Note

Ive always penchant for the relatively more restrained styles of Shiraz [and tweed jackets with leather elbow patches]. So its always interesting to see the Turkey Flat house style continue along the more elegant Barossa Shiraz route.  Although potentially a little richer than the 2012, it still sits in the slightly more than medium bodied range. Vintage 2013 had a dry winter which led into a hot and low rainfall summer, creating a low yielding, early and short vintage. Turkey Flat shiraz

On the nose there is the typical liquorice, ripe red strawberry/raspberry fruit, and more sweet spice in the background. On the palate the Turkey Flat Shiraz shows dusty fennel seeds and Indian spices, complement ripe dark plum. All round quite rich and generous but in no way forced. Supportive tannins suggest great drinking ahead (15+ years). After several hours of being open it really started to show what it can do.

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

Alcohol: 14.3%
RRP: $47
Region: Barossa
Source: Provided by producer

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

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

Krondorf Growers 2012 Shiraz -Schulz & Bowen

Growers are Marcus & Roslyn Schulz and Anita Bowen (of Balthazar fame). Krondorf Growers ShirazAromas of ripe dark fruit, roast meats, lifted red berry confectionery. All very typical Barossa Shiraz.

On the palate of the Krondorf Growers Shiraz there is ripe plums, dense dark berries, black pepper,  soft drying tannins.  Hint of bitterness at finish. Warming alcohol. Length medium. Probably drink standing around the BBQ cooking meat with bunch of burly blokes.

Alcohol: 14.5%
RRP: $17.99
Region: Barossa
Source: Sample from Cellarmasters

A Century in a Barrel

Seppeltsfield will release one of Australia’s most historically significant wines on Friday 20th February, with the 1915 Para 100 Year Old Vintage Tawny being officially unveiled. The 1915 vintage and 37th release of the Tawny (previously known as Australian Port), will mark the centenary observance of ANZAC – a wine remarkably crafted in the year Australian and New Zealand forces first landed at Gallipoli. Less than 550 (375ml size) bottles will be released globally.

Seppeltsfield remains the only winery in the world to release a 100 year old wine every year – each vintage released having spent a century maturing in oak barrels in the Barossa Valley cellars. In a year that over 165,000 Australians were enlisted for service in World War I, the 1915 vintage is a testament to the willingness of the Seppelt family to maintain an unbroken lineage of the wine, even during one of world’s most testing historical eras.

Fino at Seppeltsfield

Seppeltsfield Vintage Tawny (image supplied)

Seppeltsfield itself has linkages to military service. Managing Director, Warren Randall, is the son and grandson of First and Second World War servicemen, recently becoming the president of the second 43rd A.I.F Battalion Club.

“It is incredibly humbling to be the only estate globally to release a wine this year that’s birth coincides with when our ANZAC national spirit was first being forged”, said Mr Randall. “To think that the liquid in the bottle was created at a time when many young Australians were displaying character, courage and mateship in the face of conflict is deeply emotional for me”, he added. Mr Randall, who marches each year in honour of his father and grandfather, will travel to Gallipoli in April to be part of the ANZAC centenary program.

The 1915 Para 100 Year Old Vintage Tawny will be available in two size formats – 100ml ($500) and 375ml ($1500) – both of which are presented in Jarrah timber gift boxes and are individually numbered and authenticated for collection purposes.

Top 5 things to do at The Barossa Vintage Festival

The Barossa Vintage Festival is a celebration of the rich heritage and gastronomic pleasures of this renowned region in South Australia. Running from 15 to 19 April, The Barossa Vintage Festival is Australia’s largest and longest running tourism festival showcasing 95 events over 5 days. From grand feasts to market bazaars, long table lunches and even gastronomic golf! There’s a little something for everyone.

Here are our Top 5 things to do during the Barossa Vintage Festival;

The Feast Set in an authentic vintage show hall of long feasting tables, old world charm and intimate conversation. Wine makers will drink with you, roving players will beguile you, and a 7 piece swing band with dancers will keep you serenaded as you eat your way through a grand feast buffet. The Feast will give you a real taste of celebration – Barossa style.

Sunday Spanish Breakfast A Spanish breakfast fiesta awaits you on the lawns of Yelland & Papps’ cellar door. Tuck into a bountiful spread by Elli Beer whilst enjoying a glass or two of vino. Then take a swing at the piñata and be captivated by a roving Spanish band and bubble blower. This is the perfect start to your vintage Sunday morning.

The Scarecrow Trail Pack a lunch, grab your bicycle and follow the famous Scarecrow trail through the spectacular scenery of the Barossa. The Scarecrows, each with their own unique identity, will guide you from winery to winery on one of the most memorable cycling routes you’re ever likely to take.

Wine Bluffs – A Comedy Wine Tasting! Comedians Damian Callinan & Paul Calleja will walk you through an enthralling cellar door experience with a comedic twist. With a combined 30 years in the comedy industry and even longer in the cellar, they know their wines and have the punch lines to match!Ferment pump over

Full Moon Farm Gate A traditional market hosted in a picture perfect setting at Langmeil Winery. Wander through the beautiful stone buildings and stables filled with vendors offering local and homemade produce. With live music from local musos, it’s a true celebration of all the reasons to love being in the Barossa!

For more information about the Barossa Vintage Festival visit