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95pt Turkey Flat Barossa Shiraz 2015

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"One of the greatest Turkey Flat releases yet" Tyson Stelzer

They may not have planted them, but since 1865 the Schultz family have been custodians of some of world's oldest Shiraz vines.

Planted in 1847, at more than 125 years old the vines are considered to have 'Ancestor' status, the oldest category of Barossa vines. Despite their age, these hard-working, gnarled old vines in Turkey Flat's Bethany vineyard are still producing fantastic grapes.

This is living history and a testament to the foresight of those who settled the Barossa. Even today, these vines form the heart of Turkey Flat's iconic Barossa Shiraz and cuttings from them have created the younger vineyards that fill the wine out.

The winemaker here is Rhône-loving Mark Bulman and it shows...the Turkey Flat Shiraz has all the deep, fruit-filled, Barossa power you'd expect but allied to an old world sense of constraint, finesse and balance.

Considered to be one of the Barossa's best, Turkey Flat Shiraz remains surprisingly great value at just £32.65 per bottle .

About the wine

Generous, plush and rich, the 2015 over delivers in every respect! A deep, dark colour with a trace of purple; the bouquet is sweetly ripe and rich, with lush fruit, pepper and clove spice and a hint of star anise. Full-bodied and ample with generous fruit sweetness backed up by savoury, supple tannins on the palate, the wine has a minerality and acidity that creates a lovely balance. This has the structure, power and fruit to age beautifully - but give it a couple of hours ina decanter and it will be impossible to resist right now!

The Turkey Flat Shiraz is a result of a very intricate blending process. After each parcel of fruit is individually vinified & aged for 20 months in specially selected French oak barrels, 33% of which are new, the final blend is created with careful consideration to allow the wine to cellar gracefully, retaining its freshness and balance for many years.

Winemaker: Mark Bulman
Appellation: Barossa Valley, Australia

Accolades:
- 95pts, James Halliday's Wine Companion
- 95pts, The Wine Front 
- 95pts, Tyson Stelzer
- 93pts, Huon Hooke
- 4.2/5 Stars, Vivino Rating

Grapes: 100% Shiraz
Vineyard: Old Barossa vineyards
Cooperage: 18 months in French oak
ABV: 14.5%
Drink: 2018-2030

About the winery

"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" 5 Stars, James Halliday, Wine Companion

Turkey Flat is one of the most highly regarded estates in the renowned Barossa Valley. The extensive winery – every process, from grape selection through to bottling and labeling, is carried out on site – lies on the banks of Tanunda Creek in the Bethany sub-region of the Barossa. 

Turkey Flat stands out for owning some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world, dating back to a remarkable 1847. Silesian settler Johann Friedriech August Fiedler was the first to plant there – in Lot 1 on land called the Hundred of Moorooroo. He sold it to Gottlieb Ernst Schulz in 1865, a butcher by trade, and so began the tradition in the Schulz family of cultivating vines and selling meat. 

Expression of the vineyard’ is key to the Turkey Flat philosophy and intrinsic to each of their wines. To achieve this the team focuses minutely on each vineyard, tending every plant and reducing yields by shoot and bunch thinning. And the Turkey Flat name? Reputedly the area used to be renowned for roaming bush turkeys, also known as the Australian bustard.

About the vineyard

Turkey Flat prides itself on its five Barossa vineyards, spreading from the rich alluvial soils of Bethany in the south planted in 1847, to Stonewell in the west and three other vineyards in the east. With this range, each with a different microclimate, winemaker Mark Bulman each vintage carefully pieces together the wine to achieve an ideal balance – richness, ripeness, firm tannins, deep colour and power.

The team pride themselves on their dry-grown vineyards, all on original rootstock, the result of which is a very meagre 2 tonnes per hectare in the oldest vineyards and wines that can easily age for three decades.

 

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95 Points
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Deep crimson purple, this smells super with its aromas of briary dark fruits together with a little cedar/vanillin from the beautifully handled oak (the wine was matured in new and seasoned French oak hogsheads). There is an old vine creaminess to the palate which manages to be rich and concentrated but supremely balanced at the same time. A terrific wine from go to whoah."

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95 Points - Campbell Mattinson
"If you’re looking for first class, traditionally styled, Barossa shiraz, this release from Turkey Flat is the perfect ‘go to’. It’s toasty, malty, beautifully blackberried and rich, the deliciousness factor from start to finish (very) high. To boot, it has both the inherent structure and balance to keep it at a high level for a good long time. This is Turkey Flat Shiraz in exactly the form you’d like to see it. Plum, kirsch, cream and cocoa characters are all nothing if not seductive. Licks of oak are perfectly applied. Fruit is dark and satisfying. Redcurrant and spice notes are there, but as bit players. It’s Barossa shiraz, fighting fit."

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95 Points - Tyson Stelzer
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From a backbone of some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world, planted in 1847 on Bethany Road, this is one of the greatest Turkey Flat releases yet. Mark Bulman has taken this estate to new heights and this wine is the barometer. It's deep in colour yet vibrant, loaded with dense black fruits and black pepper, framed in finely structured yet commanding tannins."

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93 Points - Huon Hooke
"Deep, dark colour with a trace of purple; the bouquet sweetly ripe and rich, with lush fruit and abundant ripeness. Pepper and clove also. A dash of star anise. The wine is full-bodied and ample with generous fruit sweetness backed up by savoury tannins, which are supple. The flavour is rich and generous and there is a touch of hedonism about it. Very good."

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"Classic Barossa...Beautiful purity w/black cherry. blackberry, complex smoky spice, creamy light oak, clove and star anise. Well balanced w. plum & cherry liquer. Youthful." 4/5 Stars

"Rich and luscious. Quite good so young"  4/5 Stars

"Deep, clear blood red with a youthful magenta hue. Blood plum and rich blackberry jam lead on the nose nose, with black pepper, star anise, Indian spices and oak giving depth. Raspberry jam, plum and black pepper spice dominate the palate, with liquorice coming through once the wine opens up, and surprisingly subtle tannins almost hidden behind the intense fruit and spice"  4/5 Stars

 

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