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

2003 Vintage Tasting notes

The 2003 vintage was warm compared to 2002, and produced full-flavoured, concentrated wines. Each small parcel of Shiraz was vinified separately and matured in French oak barrels. The result is a firmly structured complex Shiraz, with lifted ‘primary‘ fruit aromas of bitter cherries and prunes and ‘secondary aromas’ of Christmas cake/plum pudding, mocha, and leather/suede.

The full-bodied palate has flavours of plums, red fruits, spice, and will definitely improve with careful cellaring of up to 10 years.

Reviews and Awards

Reviews for the 2003 Shiraz - 'Seriously under-priced'


A classic wine, seriously underpriced, coming predominantly from the 1847 estate plantings. Superb structure and mouthfeel, with blackberry fruit, and seamless French oak in the background. Rating: 96 points. Drink: 2023.

GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE- Huon Hooke. 100 Top new release wines, 2006

Good concentration yet also excellent drinkability. This is a powerful but not over-the-top, thickly textured red with prune-like flavours and lashings of supple tannins. Responds well to breathing. Cellaring 1-10years. Rating: 94 Points.

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – GOOD LIVING with Huon Hooke 13 September, 2005

A big, hearty Barossa, densely structured and youthful, concentrated in colour, nose and palate with spadefuls of tannin that demands food (or age). Dried-fruit aromas. A decadent red that improves with aeration. Best: 2007-2017. Food: Gruyere

ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE – Issue 161, October 2005

The 2003 Shiraz exhibits a dense ruby/purple hue along with a classic note of smoky crème de cassis, blackberries, licorice, spice and pepper. This deep, velvety-textured, full bodied Shiraz will offer a substantial mouthful of wine over the next 7-8 years. Rating: 92 Points.

HALLIDAY’S TOP 101 – The Weekend Australian November 19-20, 2005

I simply don't understand why this wine, made from some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world (dating back to 1847) continues to be available at $45. So long as it is, it has permanent position in the Top 101. It has superb structure and mouth feel to blackberry fruit and a seamless background of French oak.

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Release history

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2017 750ml bottle $50.00
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1.5L magnum $130.00
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