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.

2006 Vintage Tasting notes

The 2006 vintage of Butchers Block is a blend of 56% Shiraz, 27% Grenache and 17% Mourvèdre.

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 clove, 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 2006 Butchers Block Red - ample, bright & lively

AUSTRALIAN GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE - 100 Top New Releases, Huon Hooke. 1 May 2009

This is a slightly rustic red, showing some funky, earthy aromas and slightly rough tannins, although the flavour is ample, bright and lively. Intense, with good line, it would work well with red meats. Rating: 90 Points.


Fragrant and vibrant; while light - to meduim-bodied, has pure raspberry and red cherry fruit running through the length of the palate without the cosmetic characters of many Barossa Grenaches; 90 year old vines. Rating: 94 Points

ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE – Issue 173, October 2007

The 2006 Butchers Block Red is composed of 55% Shiraz, 28% Grenache, and 17% Mourvèdre. A saturated purple in colour, it has an alluring bouquet of smoke, garrigue, sage, black cherry, and blueberry jam. Nicely structured, with 5-7 years of aging potential, it has layers of flavour, excellent depth, and a long, pure finish. Rating: 92 Points

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