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.

1998 Vintage Tasting notes

This is the second vintage of the Butchers Block. 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 1998 Butchers Block Red - delicious nuances of earth & cloves

WINE SPECTATOR - 1st January 2001

Lots of ripe flavour on a soft, gentle frame, mingling cherry, raspberry and white pepper notes that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2004. 300 cases made. Rating: 87 Points.

JAMES HALLIDAY – October 5, 2000

Light to medium red-purple; a light but fragrant mix of earth, cinnamon spice and strawberry aromas is followed by a palate with that slightly curious, light-bodied style which nonetheless comes from very old Grenache vines. I readily accept that others will regard my points as miserable. Rating: 87 Points. Best Drinking: 2001 to 2005.

EWINEEXCHANGE,, Tasted 7/000

Mid red in colour with crimson edges. An initial sulphide stink that soon dissipates, on offer are aromas of fresh forest fruits and stewed plums with a gamey, barnyard edge. The fruit flavours focus on cherries and raspberries, there is support from well handled oak and delicious nuances of earth and cloves. Finishes with moderately good length with rustic, grainy tannins. Rating: 87 Points.

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