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.

2005 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 an intense warm, earthy full-bodied red with seamless oak integration.

The nose is rich with dark plum and violets and hints of cracked black pepper, cherry and juniper berry. The palate shows sweet lifted fruits with a hint gaminess and creamy vanillin oak character. The tannin structure is long and restrained with a velvety finish.

Reviews and Awards

Reviews for the 2005 Butchers Block Red - I love it when a winery is in top form!


Strong colour; a fragrant array of black and red fruits, spices, plum and prune; the medium-bodied, elegant palate has ripples of cherry, plum and blackberry; no baggage at all from the alcohol. Part emanates from the original vines planted in 1847. 94 Points!

THE ADELAIDE REVIEW – July 20 – August 2, 2007

The 2005 blend has returned to a conventional three-way split of Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro and is in stunning shape- I love it when a winery is in top form! The brightness of the ’05 vintage really lifts this wine, it sings with intensity and vibrant Barossa charm. Lovely pure blackberry nose, really vibrant and clear primary fruits, red and dark berries, ripe and intense; the oak is dealt with a subtle hand. The palate has juicy jube fruit flavour, some spices here too, precocious Grenache is ruling the roost for now, supple and red fruited through the middle with the structure of Mataro working away below, Shiraz fusing them both together. Certainly played on the front foot, cellar for eight-plus years to reap rewards. Rating: 93 Points.

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