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Turkey Flat Butchers Block 2001

Other Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

The Butchers Block is a Rhone style blend made with fruit selected from the Turkey Flat vineyards, including some from the original old vine plantings. It is a blend of Mataro (Mourverdre), Shiraz and Grenache, with the proportions of each variety varying from vintage to vintage. The 2000 vintage of Butchers Block is a blend of 44% Mataro, 36% Shiraz and 20% Grenache.

Each varietal component of this wine was vinified separately and subsequently matured in French oak barrels for 18 months. The result is a warm, earthy, full-bodied Rhone style red with seamless oak intergration.

The nose is spicy and complex with aromas of leafy raspberry, cherry, sandlewood with hints of cocoa, sage, leather and white pepper. The palate displays flavours of black cherries, spice, red currants and pepper with an appealing soft tannin finish.

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Turkey Flat

Turkey Flat Vineyards

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Turkey Flat Vineyards, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
Turkey Flat is more than just a vineyard and home of the best Barossa wines, it is a family business that forms a vital part of the region’s rich cultural history and heritage. It was here, on the banks of Tanunda Creek where bush turkeys once roamed, that pioneer Salesian settler Johann Friedrich August Fiedler planted the first Shiraz vines in 1843. His vines flourished and the land – Section One, in the Hundred of Moorooroo – was bought in 1865 by Gottlieb Ernst Schulz, a successful butcher who established a thriving retail business among the vines. Butchering developed into dairying, but the vineyards were always kept, until Peter, a fourth generation Schulz, and his wife, Christie, made the transition from grape growing to winemaking. They transformed the historic bluestone butchers shop into the cellar door and heart of their Turkey Flat wine business, and made sure that the vines that Fiedler planted so long ago, now gnarled and twisted, are still a vital part of the process. And with good reason, for it is the intense, concentrated fruit from these ancient vines that set Turkey Flat wines apart and have made them sought after the world over.

Barossa Valley

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as 1860. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, purple juice.

Other Red Blends

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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