Large bottle turkey flat shiraz bottle

The Turkey Flat Vineyard boasts some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. Planted in 1847, these hard-working gnarled old vines are still producing fantastic grapes. They are dry grown with their roots extending metres into the soil in search of moisture.

Much of the credit for the best Shiraz made in the Barossa is due to old vines such as these. The fact that these vines still exist is largely due to a far-sighted quarantine scheme, in which South Australia was spared the phylloxera outbreak which devastated the vineyards of Europe, America and subsequently parts of Australia in the late 1800’s.

This shiraz is a result of a very intricate blending process. After each parcel of fruit is individually vinified & aged in specially selected French oak barrels, the final blend is created with careful consideration to upholding its reputation for cellaring gracefully, retaining its freshness and balance for many years.

The Turkey Flat Shiraz is a proud holder of a Barossa Trust Mark. The Barossa Trust Mark is a mark of aspirational standard set by the Barossa region. It provides you with a guarantee and assurance of quality.

It is founded on five value pillars:

Origin - our sense of place

Integrity - our sense of purpose

Quality - our sense of ambition

Environment - our sense of responsibility

Community - our sense of belonging

More information on the Barossa Trust Mark can be found here

1997 Vintage Tasting notes

The intensity and concentration of this wine is a reflection of the dry growing conditions of the 1997 vintage and this Shiraz is the first for Turkey Flat that includes a small component of new French Oak.

Deep dark purple with vibrant hues. The nose is reminiscent of ripe plums, spicy cedar and vanillan oak. The spiciness follows through to the palate where the combination of fruit, oak flavours and tannin combine to give an enormous mouthful of wine. The flavours persist with soft, firm tannins, suggesting a long cellaring potential.

Reviews and Awards

Reviews for the 1997 Shiraz - 'a succulently smooth palate with well balanced oak'

JAMES HALLIDAY – March 4th, 1999

Medium red, with just a touch of purple. The bouquet is clean, moderately intense, with mint and red berry aromas. The palate offers chocolate, berry and a touch of mint, with soft tannins and minimal oak influence. All in all, a lovely, fleshy wine. Rating: 88 Points.


Plum crumble and vanilla nose with chocolate and maraschino cherries. Some grassiness too. Concentrated strawberry, blackberry and vanilla in the mouth, sweet syrupy and warm from the alcohol which reinforces the fruit sweetness. Tannins are super-soft and the overall mouth feel is 'essency'. Rating: 88/100

WINE SPECTATOR - 15th November, 1999

Ripe but refined in style, this frames the distinctively ripe, licorice-scented plum, blueberry and black cherry flavours with a smooth texture and a sense of restraint on the long finish. Drink now through 2010. (1800 cases produced). Rating 91 Points.

THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN Halliday’s Top 100 – November 27-28, 1999

Produced from estate vines planted in 1847, before the US Civil War, before Hill of Grace and (quixotically) the Russian Revolution. So the back label says. Ripe, sweet and luscious raspberry and cherry aromas lead into a succulently smooth palate with well balanced oak and fine tannins. Drink: 2002-17 Best with: Braised Ox Cheek. Rating: 94 Points.

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