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.

2010 Vintage Tasting notes

In 2010 the growing season proved ideal with a warm summer preceded by the best winter rains for 5 years. Shiraz and Mourvedre soaked up the warmth showing both varietals suitability to the Barossa Valley by producing wine with great depth and structure. The Grenache yield was reduced due to an unseasonal heat wave in November which affected flowering, producing a wine with increased colour and bright varietal expression.

The 2010 BBR is a firmly structured wine with Shiraz providing a significant backbone with rock solid tannins and fantastic depth of flavour. Grenache provides a dash of Cherry sweetness, taming the Shiraz beautifully and increasing the appeal of the 2010 BBR as a young wine. Mourvedre plays the baseline adding extra layers to the tannins and a little funk and fragrance.

Download: Tasting notes and info pack.

Reviews and Awards

2010 Butchers Block Red - incredible value

The Turkey Flat Butchers Block SGM is a unique blend of 51% Shiraz, 31% Grenache and 16% Mourvedre, including wine from the estates oldest vines. Shiraz provides the backbone of this wine with rich black fruit and grippy tannins, the Grenache lifts the wine with red cherry notes while Mourvedre gives the wine an earthy, spicy complexity. This wine provides incredible value to the consumer and while it is ready to drink now it will be a great addition to the cellar for the next 5-7 years.

The Wine Emporium

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2010 Butchers Block Red,- a velvety finish

The nose is floral with hints of five spice, plum, cherry and blackcurrant. The palate is generous, displaying juicy fruit with a firm palate structure. Elegant and restrained, with a velvety finish. Enjoy Drink with all red meats, game pie, or chargrilled sausages.

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2010 Butchers Block Red - rich, ripe and spicy

A good example of the genre (2010 Vintage) "Archetypal Barossa red and a good example of the genre. Rich, ripe and spicy, with vivid raspberry and blackberry fruit and dark chocolate flavours cut by a twist of black pepper and edged with toasty, nutty oak. You can drink it now, but it will cellar well (in good conditions) for another 7 years Rating: 89/100

The Wine Gang,, July 2012

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2010 Butchers Block Red - a delight!

Turkey Flat 2010 Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre, Barossa Valley, $28 – Inviting bouquet, well balanced on the palate. This wine was a delight and I was excited to finally try a wine from this winery of which I have heard many good things about! This wine was a tie with the second Riesling for favourite wine of the night. December 2012

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2010 Butchers Block Red - best medium bodied red

Gold and second highest pointed in class at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show, Turkey Flat's Grenache Shiraz (sic) Mourvedre blend is the best medium bodied red we have seen this year. Features the most generous (but in no way overblown) palate and soft fine tannins. The fruit profile is complex and seamlessly integrated. Equal best red under $25

Matt Wallace - The Adelaide Review Christmas Wine Guide November 2012

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Palate-blowing experience 2010 Butchers Block Red

Trade up to Turkey Flat ‘Butcher’s Block’ Shiraz Grenache, Mourvèdre 2010 (£11.99 on multibuy) for a more palate-blowing experience with layers of ripe, dark plummy fruit, layered with spice and chocolate.

Christine Austin - The Yorkshire Post

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Get your mitts on some! 2010 Butchers Block Red

I was super impressed with the previous vintage, so it was without question I had to have a look at the 2010. ....

A blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with percentages of 53/31/16 respectively, all straight from the Barossa Valley.

The nose oozes earthy, black fruit, cherry and spice characters with a gentle whiff of bark. The wine spent approximately 18 months in French oak which added nicely to its overall appeal.
I really like the palate structure. Great depth of fruit, a rustic meaty type in a way with that lovely spice flowing through from the nose. Soothing warmth on the palate calls out for a nice hearty winter meal.

A persistent finish with good grip signs off on yet another impressive Butchers Block. Readily available for $22.50 (rrp), but I have seen it discounted for just under $20 which is immense value.

This is a neat twist for those who love a GSM (just like me!).
Get your mitts on some!

Travis Schultz - Sunshine Coast Daily August 2012

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Have a Butcher's at this beauty

QUESTION: When is a GSM not a GSM? Answer: When it comes from the Barossa Valley. While the blend of grenache, shiraz (or syrah) and mourvedre (also called mataro) is the calling card of the Southern Rhone region in France, some Australian producers have also had remarkable success with the marriage of the "Holy Trinity" of red wine varietals. In the Barossa Valley in South Australia, the shiraz is typically of such high quality that winemakers often prefer to lead with their best, making it the proportionally dominant grape in their version of the Rhone classic. And Turkey Flat's Butcher's Block 2010 is no different as the SGM blend is 53 % shiraz, 31% grenache and 16% mourvedre with grapes they've selected from their Bethany, Stonewell and Koonunga vineyards. If big red wines aren't your thing, a GSM (or SGM in the Butcher's Block example) is a perfect compromise as the shiraz delivers the emboldened upfront, ripe fruit flavours while the grenache fills the mouth with its sweet cherried characters, before the mourvedre lifts the nose and contributes the fine tannins that support the finish without sucking your cheeks in through your nasal cavity. And at $20 a bottle, it's as good value as you'll find in an Aussie GSM, although I reckon it's a "drink now" proposition that won't get much better. But then again, wine this good won't last that long in my house. -Travis Schultz

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James Halliday on the 2010 Butchers Block Red

Part of the grapes come from the home vineyard that has some of the oldest vines in the Barossa, planted by Peter Schulz's great-grandfather Ernest Schulz. The wine has the drive, focus and intensity often missing from this Barossa blend; that said, there are both black and distinctly red fruit components, and the tannins are firm. Give it 10 years, then line it up with a top Rhone Valley example. Outrageous value. Rating 94/100

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