AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION 2007 – James Halliday
As complex and elegant as ever, not withstanding higher than usual alcohol; gently spicy blackberry and blood plum fruit; fine tannins, fine French oak. Rating: 95 points. Drink: 2019.
GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE – August – September 2007
"One mouthful and you’re dreaming of those Barossa ranges at sunset."
THE WINE FRONT – Campbell Mattinson, May 2006
If you like Turkey Flat shiraz, you have to buy this. It's a stunning Barossan wine. The oak's low but the fruit is pure, ripe, slinky and soft, with force and smoothness to the black, inky, brilliant fruit. Descriptors: blackberries, plums, coal, earth, sundry herbs, VA and brandy, with the lightest, slightest vanillin smear as it rushes across your tongue. It finishes pure and perhaps a touch warm, but the sheer concentration of old-vine fruit, largely unadulterated by oak, shoots it direct into the A-league. I am impressed. To be released in July 2006. Rating: 93 Points
THE ADVERTISER – August 16, 2006
Including in its cuvee some of the oldest vine juice in the region, this is a sophisticated bowl of fruit that remains balanced and smooth despite its 15 per cent. It's Rhone-ish, moreish, drinks really well now and probably will for several more years.
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE – Issue 167, October 2006
Co-fermented with 1% Marsanne, the fabulous 2004 Shiraz boasts a dense purple colour as well as a big, sweet nose of blackberries, toasty French oak, liquorice, and new saddle leather. Full-bodied, rich and heady, with loads of glycerin, silky tannin, and a blockbuster finish, it should be drunk over the next decade. Rating: 94 Points.
THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN – James Halliday's Top 100 Wines November 11-12, 2006
Along with the Clare Valley’s Wendouree reds, the Turkey Flat Shiraz is one of our most serially underpriced wines. Drawing on vines that date back to 1847, it is deeply coloured, combines complexity and elegance and easily carries its slightly elevated alcohol. Gently spicy blackberry and plum fruit is supported by fine tannins and subtle French oak. Drink: 2009-2019. With: Medium-rare rib of beef. Rating: 95 Points.