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

1999 Vintage Tasting notes

The depth of fruit flavours in this wine is a reflection of the extended ripening conditions and moderate yields of the 1999 vintage.

The 1999 Shiraz shows hallmark Barossa Shiraz characters of red berry fruits, plums, leather and chocolate. The palate is supple and mouth-filling showing intense ripe fruit flavours, and has a fine textured tannin finish.

Reviews and Awards

Reviews for the 1999 Shiraz - 'just as much plump generosity & subtlety as the top collectibles'

THE WINE FRONT – Campbell Mattinson, May 2002

Complex mix of savoury blackberries with an attractive lift of sweet, musky, boisterous cherry. For a Barossan it's remarkably, and impressively, restrained with platoons of deep, black cherry and blackberry flavours marching in a tight, orderly fashion from the front to the very back of the palate. Grippy tannins and a sense of "gentleness" throughout – it can be cellared with confidence. Rating: 90 Points

WINE SPECTATOR, Sept. 30, 2002

Australia's iconic red wines, such as Penfolds Grange, Henschke Hill of Grace and Jim Barry The Armagh, routinely score around 95, or classic, on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale. Despite triple-digit price tags, avid collectors snap up these Shiraz-based wines before most of us can get our hands on them.

But what if you could find a Shiraz that delivers as much power, grace and depth of flavour as some of these blockbuster reds ... Turkey Flat Barossa Shiraz 1999, for $36, rated 93 points, and has just as much plump generosity and subtlety as the top collectibles

THE AGE – Ralph Kyte-Powell. July 3, 2001

The heart of this wine comes from Barossa Vines planted in 1847. It has old-vine concentration with rich blackberry and sweet spice aromas dressed up in noticeable vanilla-coconut oak. The deep-flavoured palate is intense and long with a silky texture. Not quite as concentrated as the ’98, but excellent nonetheless. Rating: First-class, a wine of distinction not far below the top rating. Food Ideas: Roast Beef.

THE AUSTRALIAN – James Halliday’s Wine of the month - August 3, 2001

"The eagle eye of controversial wine critic Robert Parker somehow missed the 1999 Turkey Flat Shiraz, letting it stay the bargain price of $43 a bottle for a wine produced from 140-year-old vines. The bouquet is spotlessly clean, with red berry fruit and touches of earth and vanilla. The palate is constructed around the red berry at its core, amplified by hints of dark chocolate, and soft fluffy tannins. It should evolve superbly over the next 15 years."

QANTAS 'THE AUSTRALIAN WAY', Jeremy Oliver August 2001

Even better is the 1999 Shiraz, also made from the original plantings. It's supple, smooth and willowy, with a restrained but pristine expression of spicy dark cherries, blackberries, dark chocolate and lightly toasty oak. Like the other Turkey Flat wines, it's almost too accessible now to stand much chance of living up to its full potential in around eight years' time.

THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN, James Halliday. 1 - 2 December, 2001

From a vineyard first planted in 1847; the spotlessly clean, scented bouquet offers an array of cherry, spice, earth and vanilla; the particularly harmonious balance and extract of the palate is constructed around the red berry fruit at its core, amplified by spice, chocolate and soft tannins. A bargain. Drink: 2004-2020 With: Braised Beef. Rating: 94 Points.

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