A Shiraz Blend with Local Character
Perfectly matched region and style
This is a great example of how wine style and grape variety can be matched perfectly with a growing region to deliver local character and a great value wine. In this case it is a Shiraz / Grenache / Mourvedre blend (a style that is medium-bodied, easy drinking, with lots of fruit and spice as signature characters). This style is best delivered by hot, dry regions like the Barossa Valley in South Australia.
Why this blend works so well
"Shiraz adds the generous mouthfeel, Grenache the spice and cherry-like sweetness and Mourvèdre the backbone, savoury edge and fragrance" - Turkey Flat tasting notes
A winery with a great reputation
The Butchers Block Red comes from a winery with a great reputation that has been performing consistently over the years. Turkey Flat is rated as a 5 Red Star winery by the Halliday Wine Companion. This means it is considered an 'outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity'.
Outstanding reviews FOR A SUB-$20 WINE
94 Points - Halliday Wine Companion
"A shiraz/grenache/mourvedre blend, part sourced from some of the oldest (1865) vines on the Turkey Flat vineyard. Excellent colour; a warm and spicy bouquet introduces a medium-bodied palate with red and black berries, plus good mouthfeel and length. Oak plays little or no part in framing the palate, fine tannins doing the trick."
93 Points - Cambell Mattinson, The Wine Front
"Turkey Flat is in fine form. This edition of the Butchers Block red blend is shiraz (49%), grenache (38%) and mataro (13%). Some of the shiraz comes from the original 1865 plantings.
This is a peak example of this blend. It’s ripe, finely tuned, characterful and just plain smash able. It’s leathery, black cherried, comes laced with sweet spice, woodsmoke and mineral, and has enough brightness/red berried input to make it feel vigorous in a compelling way. Tannin management here – presented in ultra-fine form – is top level. It’s $20 extremely well spent."