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.

2002 Vintage Tasting notes

Each varietal component of this wine was vinified separately in large oak vats, and subsequently matured in French oak hogsheads for 18 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.

Reviews and Awards

Reviews for the 2002 Butchers Block Red - classy and seductive


Fresh, elegant, spicy / earthy / red fruit mix; attractively firm texture, the oak incidental. Mourvèdre / Shiraz / Grenache. Rating: 92 Points. Drink: 2012.

THE ADELAIDE REVIEW – Nick Stock, June 24-July 7, 2005

Another great Butcher's Block hits the deck and, like the Yalumba Signature, this is as archetypal as you could ever hope for. There are more and more variations on the theme of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre to taste and yet this wine always stands out in the lineup as distinctively Turkey Flat. It leads out with Mourvèdre accounting for the greatest volume of the blend and this might be the key. Lots of really ripe red fruits, perfume and purity are the striking characters on the nose. Berries come leaping out the glass with enough air. This wine has lots to offer. The perfume carries cinnamon and sweetly spiced scents, with some nice earthy Grenache character below. The palate really cranks with a big juicy fruit presence and mouth-filling flavour. It raises the spinnaker on entry and sails at full tilt over the tongue. Choc full of red berry fruits and lots of garrigue flavoured herbs, it's undeniably Barossan but cloaked in a veil of southern Rhone character, classy and seductive. Tannins are soft and ripe, really open-knit and easygoing in this billowing youthful wine. It will settle into full stride in a year or two but drinks beautifully now if exuberance is your thing. Rating: 91 Points

THE WINE FRONT – Campbell Mattinson, January 2005

Blend of mourvedre, shiraz and grenache. Good tar and earth flavour and structured to boot, with a healthy stack of drying tannins applied to the finish. There are some honeyed, raspberried characters and it has the feel about it that it hasn't quite yet hit its straps. Lack of fruit brightness is an issue, but flavour and style are not. Rating : 87 Points

THE WINE ADVOCATE – Robert Parker, October 2004

Even better is the 2002 Butcher's Block, a so-called MSG (54% Mourvèdre, 24% Shiraz and 22% Grenache). Aged in 5% new oak with the rest neutral wood, this dense ruby/purple-tinged, fruit-forward red offers up aromas of flowers, blackberries, blueberries, new saddle leather, earth, and pepper. Dense, medium to full-bodied, seamless, and elegant for its size, it can be drunk over the next 4-6 years. Rating: 92 Points

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