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Turkey Flat Barossa Valley White 2018

A delicious, textural blend which is subtle initially but has the fruit weight to bust out a snappy tango with a roast chook. All kinds of stone fruit going on here, kernels, fresh and roasted. There’s also ginger, cashews and a bready, almost biscuity aspect. A white wine to savour and sip this is lovely now and will build in weight and texture over the next 5 years.
Turkey Flat Barossa Valley White
Wine Specs
Barossa Valley, SA
Turkey Flat
Mark Bulman
93pts, The Wine Front Magazine, 92pts James Halliday, 92pts Kim Brebach
Alcohol %
750 mL
It is no secret that Turkey Flat tend some of the oldest vines in the world, including Shiraz vines dating back to 1847. At the time of their planting, convicts were still being transported to Australia, the Eureka rebellion was still 7 years off and the first World War a staggering 67 years away. That’s some seriously old vines! It’s just possible that your great, great, great, great, great, great grandies might have had a cheeky mug or two off them. It’s pretty sad that these vines could well have been grubbed out in the 70’s when fruit was being sold below the cost of production, shiraz grapes were being used in muffins or being carbon fined to remove the red colouring and made into white wines. Enter the State Government vine pull scheme which offered to pay growers to remove vineyards. Current owner Christie Schulz stepped into the fray at this point, taking a significant financial risk to purchase the vineyard and land (from another Schulz) and released their first Shiraz under the Turkey Flat label in 1990. 20 odd vintages on and Turkey Flat’s Shiraz has a brilliant reputation for exceptional quality and age ability and consistently garners big scores and accolades. The last half dozen vintages have averaged 96 points from James Halliday. Turkey Flat is also widely regarded as producing one of the best and most consistent blends of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, one of Australia’s best Roses and a subtly delicious blend of Marsanne, Viognier and Rousanne.
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