Large bottle 2017 turkey flat grenache

Grenache has its origins in Spain and is particularly well suited to the Barossa climate due to its ability to withstand extremes of heat, aridity and wind.

The fruit for this wine was predominantly sourced from 98 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.

These vines are traditionally spur pruned, in the goblet style of Southern France and yields are kept low (around 2 tonnes/acre or approximately 32 hectolitres/hectare) producing wines of exceptional quality.

To retain the perfect balance of fruit, tannin, herbaceousness & spice, critical attention is paid to the ripeness levels of fruit prior to hand-picking. A carefully chosen ratio of new & old French oak with the right toast bring this style, our winemaker's obsession, to life.

Enjoy with: Look to Grenache's origins - Spain, Italy & Southern France for food pairing inspiration; tapas, lamb, tomato-rich dishes, food to be eaten in the sun, the wine cooled just slightly on that hot summer's day. This darker style also pairs exceptionally well with steak, particularly when aged.

2009 Vintage Tasting notes

The 2009 vintage produced some exceptional Grenache, rich in colour and tannin structure. The result is a vibrant Grenache which displays primary fruit characters of fresh raspberry and plum. A balanced and elegant wine, with a pleasantly warming palate of sweet spice and clove. More savoury characters of fennel and black pepper give way to a lingering fine tannin finish. This wine will age gracefully with careful cellaring of up to 10 years.

Download: Tasting notes and info pack.

Reviews and Awards

2009 Grenache - raspberry, licorice, five-spice and earth

THE WINE FRONT – Campbell Mattinson, July 2011

It’s grown on 90 year old vines and blessedly it’s all about the fruit; there’s not a lot of oak here. It was a hot vintage but the conditions don’t seem to have done this grenache any harm. I may be under-rating it. It tastes of raspberry, licorice, five-spice and earth. The wine’s fleshy, velvety tannin keeps the warm flavour in tidy check. It has good length and good up-front appeal, but it’s likely to age well over many years. It’s a bright version of an old-fashioned South Australian burgundy. It had me lapping it up. Rating: 92 Points

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James Halliday on the 2009 Grenache

AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION 2012 - James Halliday From a 90 year old estate vineyard. Excellent colour is the first sign of something special; the wine has far more depth and structure than most barossa Valley grenache, but age of itself is not the only reason - the terroir of the block is also important, as is the dedication of the winery team. Rating: 94 Points

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2009 Grenache - rich and velvety

Review by Natasha Hughes:- 04/10/2011 The Schulz family are renowned for their Rhône-style wines (albeit Rhône with an Aussie twist), and this varietal grenache is made predominantly from the fruit of 98-year-old vines. There’s oodles of sweet spice, mulberries and raspberry compote on the nose, but the palate is perhaps as marked by cracked pepper and fennel as much as it is by crushed red berries. The age of the vines shows in the concentration of fruit, which is balanced by ripe tannins and juicy acidity. The texture is rich and velvety, and the overall impression is of a smooth, fleshy, full-bodied wine that should age nicely for at least another five years. 16/20.

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2009 - a great vintage for Grenache

DANI GONGOOZLA- 04/10/2011 The bulk of the grenache is from vines planted in 1920 and only the top grapes are selected in production of this wine. The 2009 vintage was great for grenache – showing lifted fruit and peppery notes. This is a soft, warming, almost luscious & richly concentrated grenache showing great balance between body weight and grown-up acidity.

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2009 Grenache - deserves more of the spotlight

THE ADVERTISER; Tony Love-05/10/2011 Old-Vine, dry grown grenache from the heart of the barossa with all its varietal notes hit tunefully. There's black Cherry, earthy elements, woody spices and herbs given some air by a restrained oak profile, and there's a whiff faintly of licorice in the backdrops. There's a fair bit of fabulous grenanche going around at the moment. Wines like this deserve to have more of the spotlight.

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2009 Grenache - 18.5/20

From the Sunday Times, Ireland:

Many years ago grenache suffered castigation by the critics, at least beyond the confines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, as lacking colour, tannins and character, writes Ernie Whalley. The grape was judged to be a bit player in the red wine world and adversley compared with the more structured syrah. Still, it is one of the most widely planted red-wine grape varieties in the world and in Australia was overtaken by Shiraz only in the 1990's. A generally spicy wine, it is also known for being berry-flavoured and soft on the palate with a high alcohol content...

Turkey Flat 2009, Barossa, South Australia


EW says: A gorgeous nose, pepper, anise and a hint of cinnamon with lush ripe fruit following close behind.

MM says: This begs to be sniffed again and againto reveal its peppery spice, bramble, cherry fruit and subtle vanilla. 18.5/20

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Adelaide Review Top 100 2009 Grenache

Opens with appealing tomato bush, red cherry and bouquet garni notes. Has a wonderful tension between its slim frame and ripe, red berry fruit, finishing firm, but residual juiciness. Slender and savoury goodness.

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Release history

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2017 750ml bottle $40.00
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2016 750ml bottle $30.00 Currently Unavailable
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