VOYEUR (Virgin Blue Flight Magazine), Ben Canaider - April 2011
Boutique winery observation no.576: boutique wineries have an enduring quality as if they've always been there and always will be. Turkey Flat's first vines were planted in 1847 and the Schulz family bought the vineyard in 1865. No wonder they tend to get things right. Their Mourvedre is a fine example of what this red Rhone blending variety can do in its own right. With depth and ample berry flavours, it's in no way cooked or stewed. It suggests that Mourvedre might be as well suited as Shiraz to the Barossa.
DAILY TELEGRAPH - July 2010
A stunning example of this now trendy variety, which, as mataro, was considered a 'workhorse' grape. This has blackberry-like aroma, deep colour, body and a rich, gamey taste. A big wine off old vineyards, aged 20 months in French oak. Enjoy with beef cheeks.
AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION 2011 James Halliday
Light but bright colour; a highly perfumed bouquet leads into a palate with more drive and intensity that I can recollect from any previous vintage; no confection here, just silky power. Rating: 96 Points.
THE WINE FRONT - Campbell Mattinson, February 2010
I tasted a varietal mourvedre from Teusner today (called The Dog Strangler) and here’s another. Hope it’s the start of a trend. Plush texture. Buoyant aromatics. Loaded with leathery, blueberried, tarry flavour and clipped with a healthy but helpful dose of cedary, spicy, malty oak. You have to go looking for the tannin, but slowly it builds a fine sense of shape. If that makes sense. What I’m saying is: all the components of this wine have welded beautifully together, and make for delicious drinking. Excellent. Rating: 93 Points
CANBERRA TIMES - June 2010
Turkey Flat vineyard dates from 1847 . The Schulz family bought it in 1870. But the Turkey Flat label appeared only in 1990 when Peter and Christie Schulz took over in recent years, they spared a portion of wine from their old mourvèdre vines for special bottling. It's a late ripening variety and Schulz reckons this, and a vigorous canopy, saved it from the warmth of Barossa's savage March 2008 heatwave. The resulting tiny, black berries made a distinctive, delightfully fruity, savoury wine. Rating: 4 Stars
WINE 100- Tyson Stelzer, June 2010
In the right hands, Mourvèdre can fly solo confidently in a vintage like 2008, as this wine exemplifies effortlessly. It's a rich, juicy style with all manner of dark berries swimming through its depths, and a touch of dried herbs complexity to add a little interest. Rating: 92 Points