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.

2012 Vintage Tasting notes

The 2012 growing season was long and mild, escaping the heat spikes associated with some vintages in the Barossa Valley. Two rain events during harvest, extended the growing season for the later ripening Shiraz vineyards as well as the Grenache and Mourvedre. The conditions proved ideal for Shiraz, allowing a great balance between ripe flavours and varietal spice. Grenache and Mourvedre responded to the conditions by producing bright aromatic wines.

The 2012 BBR is an aromatic and subtly structured wine with Shiraz providing a backbone of solid tannins and luscious depth of flavour. Grenache provides a dash of spice and cherry sweetness, taming the Shiraz beautifully whilst Mourvedre adds extra layers to the tannins and a little funk and fragrance.

Download: Tasting notes and info pack.

Reviews and Awards

2012 Butchers Block Red - long, elegant, rounded

Good balance with red fresh fruits, a mixture of spices including black pepper and cinnamon, blackcurrants and almonds. Wet, gentle wood character develops complexity with fine tannins. Long, elegant rounded but fresh finish. Shiraz, grenache and mourvédre. Drink now or in 2015.


Nick Stock - January 2015 -

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James Halliday on the 2012 Butchers Block Red

An estate-grown 45/30/25% blend of shiraz, grenache and mourvèdre. One of the best Barossa Valley blends of this ilk, shiraz providing structure and depth to the seductive array of red and black fruits on the bouquet and medium bodied palate. Truly exceptional value. 14.5% alc; screwcap

95 points, drink to 2019

James Halliday - The Weekend Australian Magazine, July 12, 2014

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2012 Butchers Block Red - slinky, slippery, easy drinking

This blend leads with Shiraz (45%) followed by Grneache (30%) and Mourvèdre (25%) and is a slinky, slippery, easy-drinking red that brings generosity to the table. Not overdone, it's super soft, full of red and dark berry fruit flavours and gratifying warmth. It speaks clearly of its region and the 2012 vintage.

90 points

Drink - 2014-2017

Alc - 14.5%

Nick Stock Decanter, July 2014

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2012 Butchers Block Red - a long, precise finish

Bright and refreshingly pure, with red plum, blackberry and liquorice flavours in equal proportions, gliding easily over well-buffed tannins into a long and precise finish. Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2020.

90 points

Harvey Steiman - Wine Spectator Insider May 14, 2014

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2012 Butchers Block Red - much more serious than the price lets on

A value for money SGM from some of the original vines on the ancient Turkey Flat property. The 2012 is impressive with a berry compote overlaid with mixed spice, pepper and finely textured tannins. It's immediate, engaging and much more serious than its price lets on.

92 points

Tyson Stelzer - Top 20 wines - Barossa Living Magazine Autumn 2014

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2012 Butchers Block Red - kick some serious value butt

Barossa GSM - When these traditional blends of grenache, shiraz and mourvedre are on song, they kick some serious value butt. Turkey Flat Butchers Block Red 2012 ($20), Kalleske Clarry's GSM 2013 ($20) and Teusner Joshua GMS 2012 ($29) aren't low-cost wines, but they reek of authenticity and quality. If they were more on trend, they'd be asking double their prices.

Campbell Mattinson, Wine Companion Magazine, Feb/March 2014 issue

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James Halliday on the 2012 Butchers Block Red - truly exceptional value

An estate-grown 45/20/25% blend of shiraz, grenache & mourvedre. This is one of the best Barossa Valley blends of this ilk, shiraz providing both structure and depth to the seductive array of red & black fruits on the bouquet & medium-bodied palate. Truly exceptional value. 14.5% alc. 94/100

Drink to 2019

5 stars

James Halliday - Wine Companion Magazine February/March 2014 edition

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2012 Butchers Block Red - silky & effortless

Wine of the week

Has to be one of the best-value blends on the market. And this one is a cracker because it comes from the outstanding 2012 vintage - a blessed relief after the challenges of the previous year. It's a mix of shiraz, grenache and mourvedre with oak playing an understated role to add a subtle degree of complexity. It's generous and supple with a smooth mouth feel and flavour displaying stacks of ripe plummy spicy fruit characters. Silky and effortless with a long palate crammed with goodies. 94/100

Ray Jordan - West Australian, Perth 19 September 2013

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2012 Butchers Block Red - particularly seductive

Butchers Block combines the three classic Barossa red varieties, shiraz (45 per cent), grenache (30 per cent) and mourvèdre (25 per cent). Mark Bulman's light hand in the winery unleashed the ripe and gentle beauty of these varieties in an excellent Barossa vintage. The high-toned aroma reveals the vitality of the fruit - the musk-like grenache being particularly seductive. The palate is all fleshy, juicy, vibrant fruit flavour cut through with fine, gentle tannins.

Chris Shanahan - The Canberra Times, 21st August 2013

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2012 Butchers Block Red - hums along deliciously

Traditional blend of shiraz, grenache and mourvedre. A good pointer to the quality of the 2012 Barossan vintage it is too. This hums along deliciously. It’s terrific value. It blends deep, dark, meaty black berried fruit with leathery, earthen notes quite beautifully. It’s jubey and licoricey, has a good cut of tannin. and is alive with well-ripened flavour from start to finish. You could hardly ask for more. It’s a really good Butchers Block red from the team at Turkey Flat

91 points

Campbell Mattinson August 10th 2013

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Release history

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2015 Sold out.
2014 Sold out.
2013 Sold out.
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1999 Sold out.
1998 Sold out.
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