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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 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

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

Turkey Flat: Vanishing into the Night

It was here, then it was gone – into the night.  Such a fleeting thing is any ‘popup’ experience. As was the Turkey Flat pop up cellar door, held in the old and funky Queens Theatre on July 10.  But what a great way to enjoy the release on the new portfolio of wines from this Barossa favourite.

Turkey Flat Pop Up Cellar Door

Turkey Flat Pop Up Cellar Door

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Tasting Note: 2012 Turkey Flat Rose

For a wine that is always alarmingly drinkable the Turkey Flat Rose has always been a winner.  While many a Barossa Rose will be based on Grenache grapes, the Turkey Flat Rose is a vineyard blend of Grenache, Shiraz, Cabernet and Dolcetto – just to add a little more grip to the mouthfeel.

With a good whiff of bright red fruit, you think this is going to be another sweet teenage girls drink, but far from the truth. It’s less than 5g/litre residual sugar – so pretty much dry.   This is full of fruit sweetness and hints of floral.  With a nice spicy white pepper touch thrown in.  On the palate it’s packed full of red fruit, with good acidity to keep it crispy clean, and a refreshing watermelon liveliness.  This would be perfect at about 3pm on a sunny afternoon eating freshly grilled thai prawns by the poolside – but that’s how I roll.

2012 Turkey Flat Rose

RRP $25
Alc 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Sample: Provided by producer