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.

1999 Vintage Tasting notes

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.

The nose is spicy and complex with aromas of wild plum, cherry, sandalwood and bitter chocolate. Spice, plums and cherries are at the forefront of the palate with a lingering fine-grained textured tannin finish

Reviews and Awards

Reviews for the 1999 Butchers Block Red - a great, generous & unusual personality

STUART GREGORS WINE GUIDE 2002 – 'Don't drink wine without me'

I love Turkey Flat. I think the name is part of it to be honest but I also love the fact that it may be the oldest Shiraz vineyard in Australia. Turkey Flat claims to have a couple of rows of shiraz vines planted in 1847 that still manage to produce a few bunches of grapes each year. This wine is a Rhone blend with mataro taking the lead - and it is a beauty. It's a bit feral in the nicest possible way, with a whiff of cow poop and some earthy, gamey flavours that make you wonder if they haven't used some of the dirt around those old vines in the blend. Don't let that put you off, the wine is actually delicious.

GOOD FOOD GUIDE 2002 – Ralph Kyte-Powell

Blended from old-vine Barossa Mataro, Shiraz, and Grenache, this has earthy traditional nose that hints at spices, red and black berries. It’s medium-bodied and ripe-tasting with some astringency underneath.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH – Jeff Collerson. June 13, 2001

This is a blend of almost equal parts Mourvèdre, Shiraz, Grenache grapes. Some of the grapes came from the original vines planted 150 years ago on this historic Barossa Valley property. This makes a wonderful food partner – the nose laced with spicy, sweet fruit and oak and the palate rich and supple with a velvety texture.

THE AUSTRALIAN MAGAZINE - Max Allen. June 30-July, 2001

...last but no means least, from small Barossa producer Turkey Flat comes the 1999 Butchers Block ($30), a blend of mataro, shiraz and grenache. This is a brilliant wine with a great, generous and unusual personality: as well as the full, concentrated black berry and chocolate flavours you expect from old vine Barossa reds, there's an intriguing savoury aroma of almost tobaccoey wet black wood - a character I associate with mataro. It's sensational with spicy Italian sausages.


Here's a descent slightly feral Rhone-style blend from the Barossa, offering generous smooth, complex, meaty flavours in a full bodied, firmly tannic package. Hints of herb and pepper, too. Oak takes a back seat and it’s the earthy, spicy fruit that dominates. Drinks well now and until about 2007.

THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - Sunday Life with Ralph Kyte-Powell 23 September 2001

"Blended from old-vine Barossa Mataro, Shiraz, and Grenache, this is an earthy traditional nose that hints at spices, red and black berries. It's medium bodied and ripe- tasting with some astringency underneath".

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