Large bottle turkey flat grenache bottle

Turkey Flat has more than 25 years experience in making Grenache. This older variety for South Australia has a natural home in the Barossa, although respect for the variety as a maker of fine wine has only recently been achieved. It has been an important part of the Turkey Flat range since 1992.

Mark Bulman has made Grenache his signature varietal after taking over full control of winemaking at Turkey Flat in 2010. Under his direction this remains respectful to our past tradition of making Grenache into a fine wine, while moving seamlessly into a more refined, contemporary style.

1999 Vintage Tasting notes

Grenache has been a very popular variety in the Barossa Valley and has traditionally been the mainstay of fortified winemaking. A major decline in the consumption of fortified wine styles during the 1960s and 1970s saw many Grenache vines removed. Renewed interest in the variety as a dry table wine has meant that the few old vines that do remain are now highly prized.

This wine is made from 90 year old Grenache vines grown on the Turkey Flat Vineyard. These old vines produce fantastically concentrated fruit which translates into a style of Grenache for which Turkey Flat has become famous.

The 1999 Grenache displays aromas of dark cherry, plum and spice. The palate is full with cherry chocolate and plum flavours, overlain with warmth and peppery spices.

Reviews and Awards

Reviews for the 1999 Grenache - absolutely charming

THE WINE FRONT – Campbell Mattinson, January 2005

Light, perfumed grenache, with lifted caramel and blackberry and an edge of spiciness. The palate is noticeably sweet with focussed red cherry and raspberry/blackberry flavours. Gentle tannins. Mid-to-light weight. Absolutely charming. Rating: 89 Points


Mid crimson in colour. A delightful bouquet of Grenache on steroids, currant jubes, hot confection and a sprinkling of clove and cinnamon spice, there is a high alcohol lift with a hint of black tar. This is a big, concentrated mouthful of wine, blackberry and currant confection in the company of peat and crushed ants easing into back palate notes of spice and oak lactones, formidable but delicious. There is a very good duration of persistence accompanied by surprisingly soft, velvety tannins. The best Turkey Flat Grenache yet, a departure in style that appears much like a GSM blend, tasted July/01 - D.C. Rating: 91 Points.

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