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.

2004 Vintage Tasting notes

Both varietal components of this wine were 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, complex, earthy full-bodied red with seamless oak integration.

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

Reviews and Awards

Reviews for the 2004 Cabernet - excellent structure and length

AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION 2007 – James Halliday Very good colour; firm, medium-to full-bodied blackcurrant and cassis; excellent structure and length; controlled French oak. Rating: 94.

ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE – Issue 167, October 2006

The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon’s deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by superb aromas of cassis, black cherries, cedar and spice box. It should drink well for a decade. Rating: 93 Points.

THE WINE FRONT – Campbell Mattinson, June 2006

I like the way Turkey Flat are going with their reds. They really seem to be cutting back on the oak – or at least that's the way the wines taste. This is full of varietal charm, with smoky, leafy, gamey scents floating around a core of pure, tarry blackcurrant. Tannins are fine and mentholly. I can't see how you could go wrong with this wine, even if the alcohol is at 15%. It is in beautiful shape, and will cellar very well. Drink: 2006-2016. Rating: 91 Points.

Posted on

09/11/2012

Release history

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2015 Sold out.
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1999 Sold out.
1998 Sold out.
1997 Sold out.
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