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If we had a dollar for every time we are asked ‘what’s going on in the vineyard?’, instead of trying to recreate a recipe ourselves, we’d be asking Rick Stein himself to cater our staff lunches .We do, though, love the inquisitive visitor who wants to know more, and the Bethany Estate has looked very different lately. Until Wednesday, the tall stems of triticale hid those beautiful, gnarled old Grenache bush vines that normally greet our visitors & now some Shiraz vines resemble fence posts more than vines. So, what is going on in the Turkey Flat vineyards, are we diversifying considerably and adding cereal crops to our product range? In short, no, you don’t need to be on the lookout for Turkey Flat bread products in a supermarket near you, we’re looking after a very precious asset, the soil. With poor soil quality it is near impossible to grow good quality grapes. And without good quality grapes you can’t make good quality wine, simple as that. You may think that another plant in the vines’ territory would cause conflict, but with careful selection, they work extremely well together. Let’s have a brief look at the key benefits of the Triticale cover crop here; In another area of the Bethany Estate we have been using mulch to retain moisture levels (did you see our Smurf village photos on Facebook?). Here, the young Roussanne vines are a thirstier variety and the mulch offers protection and nutrition, giving them the best possible start for the coming season.

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06/09/2013

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Turkey Flat Bethany Estate

The birth-place of Turkey Flat, the Bethany Estate was first planted with Shiraz vines in 1847 by Johann Frederick August Fiedler, the Bethany Estate is also home to bush-vine Grenache, Viognier, Roussanne and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is here that the winery and cellar door are also located.

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20/11/2012

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Turkey Flat Stonewell Block

Located in the heart of the Barossa Valley, the Stonewell block is home to Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre and Marsanne. The sloping site and limestone base help provide 'typical' rich Barossa tannins in the reds, and a delicious richness to the white.

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The Vineyards

Turkey Flat owns two estate vineyards within the Barossa Valley- the original 'Turkey Flat' near Bethany, and the sloping, westerly-facing Stonewell in the heart of the Barossa Valley. They are both in very different sub-regions and give us the ability to blend the attributes of each subregion into our wines. To a large degree our winemaking begins in the vineyard. We spend a great deal of time managing vine vigour, controlling shoot growth as well as shoot and bunch thinning. This helps to reduce yields and open up the vines to let in the sunlight. We are also spending a lot more time trying to understand when the grapes are mature. We are not industrial winemakers and try at all times to keep the winemaking process simple and traditional, to not interfere with the true expression of the vineyard.

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13/11/2012

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