Large bottle 2016 butchers block red

The Butchers Block is a traditional Barossa blend made with grapes selected from the Turkey Flat vineyards, including some from the original old vine plantings. It is a blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvédre (Mataro), with the proportions of each variety varying from vintage to vintage.

Like medals at a children's sporting event, when we blend a wine we like each parcel to have recognition; its own chance to feel proud of its contribution to the team. Here, each varietal is vinified & aged individually in French oak barrels before the final blending process. Shiraz adds the generous mouthfeel, Grenache the spice and cherry-like sweetness and Mourvèdre the backbone, savoury edge and fragrance. Balance is crucial, each varietal's contribution is evident yet nothing competes for your attention.

Enjoy with: Warm, comforting meals just like Mum makes - spaghetti bolognese, braises or lamb cutlets. Or funk it up a notch with braised rabbit or hare with tomato & olives.

1997 Vintage Tasting notes

The Butchers Block is the first full-bodied red blend from Turkey Flat. Each varietal component of this wine was vinified separately and subsequently matured in a combination of French and American oak barrels for 18 months.

The result is a complex richly flavoursome wine with seamless oak integration.

Spicy plums and cherries are at the forefront of the palate with a lingering fine-grained textured tannin finish.

Although decadently delicious now, those who hide this wine in their cellar for at least 5 years will be rewarded.

Reviews and Awards

Reviews for the 1997 Butchers Block Red - drinks well with rustic foods, game & offal

GOOD WEEKEND - Wine by Huon Hooke, July 24, 1999

Now Turkey Flat, one of the Barossa's outstanding small producers, has issued a blend and called it Butchers Block. It could be a play on words, as many wines are named after a section of a vineyard, know as a block: Old Block, Back Block, Mum's Block, Block 6 - But there really is a butcher's block at Turkey Flat, a slab of red gum trunk that was used as a chopping table by Peter Schulz's forebears. They ran a butchery at the vineyard from the late 1800's. The block is still there, slightly white-anted, and the 120-year-old bluestone butcher's shop now houses cellar door sales. Butchers Block 1997 is 67 per cent mataro, 17 per cent shiraz and 16 per cent grenache and has an intense, peppery spiciness. It's a big, voluptuous 14.5 per cent alcohol drop: fleshy, sweet and opulent. It drinks well with rustic foods, game and offal - especially steak and kidney pie.


Mid red in colour. The ripe forest fruit aromas are subdued for a Barossa Rhone blend, underlying earth and gamey notes rival for centre stage. On the palate the flavours focus on fresh raspberries and black cherry, white pepper spice and earthy notes add to the complexity. The finish has very good length of persistence; the firm yet velvety tannins and tight structure indicate fine cellaring potential. Rating: 90 Points.

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