AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION 2007 – James Halliday
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