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.

2003 Vintage Tasting notes

Each varietal component of this wine was vinified separately in open fermenters and subsequently aged in both hogsheads and larger format French oak for approximately 18 months. The result is a warm, earthy full-bodied red with seamless oak integration.

The nose has hints of spicy rhubarb and violets with some gaminess. The palate shows sweet lifted fruits with a hint if creamy vanillin oak character. The tannin structure is long and restrained with a grainy finish, typical of Mourvedre.

Reviews and Awards

2003 Butchers Block Red - will drink well for 5-10 years

ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE – Issue 161, October 2005

The dense purple-tinged 2003 Butchers Block (76% Mourvèdre, 21% Grenache, and 3% Shiraz) boasts a big, sweet nose of blueberries, flowers, and earth. Structures, linear, and tightly knit, with background notions of fresh mushrooms and tree bark, this is a big, surprisingly voluptuous (for a Mourvèdre-based wine) effort, it will drink well for 5-10 years. Rating: 90 Points.

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