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.
Each varietal component of this wine was vinified separately in large oak vats, and subsequently matured in French oak hogsheads for 20 months. The result is a warm, earthy, full-bodied red with seamless oak integration.
The nose is spicy and complex with aromas of leafy raspberry, cherry, and sandalwood with hints of cocoa, sage, leather and white pepper. The palate displays flavours of black cherries, spice, red currants and pepper with an appealing soft tannin finish.