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

2008 Vintage Tasting notes

The heatwave in March caused grief for many growers across the valley, and while we’d like to say that it was good management on our behalf, in truth, it was sheer fortune that the majority of our Shiraz was harvested before the intense heat descended. Extended pre and post ferment maceration has given the wine a fine tannin finish. The 100% French oak adds depth and length of flavour to the structure supporting a palate of blackberries, cedar and nutmeg. A complex wine which will need time to unfold. Cellar up to 10 years.

Reviews and Awards

2008 Shiraz wins GOLD at the IWC competition (UK)

Rich, ripe berry fruit is balanced by firm tannins and subtle vanilla and spice notes.

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2008 Shiraz - dark, ripe & focused

2008 Shiraz 92 points $60: Dark, ripe and focused, channeling its smoky blackberry and licorice flavours into a tight beam that lingers against refined tannins. Best from 2014-2020 - HS Wine Spectator (US) December 2012

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Reviews for the 2008 Shiraz - 'Exceptional', 'Rich, yet well-structured', 'Complex elegance', 'Luscious black fruits without a scintilla of jam'

THE WINE FRONT - Campbell Mattinson, Dec 2010

Turkey Flat shiraz has 'gem status' in Australian wine, though I was surprised when I called up the track record of past ratings on the site. This release from 2008 is another very good wine. It's thick, warm and flavoursome and if you poured it into a big glass and put it in front of me, I'd lap it up. It tastes of blackberries and tar and modest vanilla, and there may even be slight a scent of violets. It has satisfactory length and soft, easy going tannin. As much as I enjoyed this - I did find myself wanting for a fraction more. That said, when I took it to the dinner table and let it breathe some more, it did stretch out nicely on the finish. Rating: 92 Points

AUSTRALIAN GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE March 2011 The Turkey Flat Vineyard boasts some of the oldest shiraz vines in the world. Planted in 1847, these hard working, gnarled old vines produce exceptional grapes. Extended pre and post ferment maceration has given this wine a fine tannin finish. The 100% French oak adds depth and length of flavour to the structure supporting a palate of blackberries. cedar and nutmeg. A complex wine which will need time to unfold and can be cellared for up to 10 years.


Dark plum, blackberry, black olive scents with some floral hints. This is rich, yet well structured; deep and with a good tannin backbone. It's a lovely drink now and an improver which can take some cellaring. Rating: 90 Points


The 2008 is a belter and a lesson in displaying gorgeous old vine Shiraz (they don't get much older) without smashing this wonderful fruit with oak. Vintage 2008 will give us the best and the worst of the Barossa depending which side of the freak heatwave (a record fifteen consecutive days over thirty-five degrees) wineries managed to get their fruit off. For Turkey Flat it was fortunately before though to be fair, a modest Peter Schulz admits this was more by sheer fortune than good management. Either way, the Shiraz gods have smiled on this legendary wine and ensured a near perfect vintage. History tells us you give these guys an inch and they produce one of the best examples of the style on the planet. So often we refer to the complex elegance of this label but 2008 introduces a dimension of power that propels this into rare company. I was fortunate enough to look at this over 3 days, an opportunity that admittedly most wines I taste don't get but geez I'm glad I did as it revealed more each day and improved over the course suggesting it has a long life ahead of it. Initially it was restrained with dark berries, anise and mocha lurking in the back ground, as it opened the dark fruits brightened, the mocha was more dark chocolate but the constant was super ripe but not extracted tannins that dance on the tongue and linger, linger, linger. It is an Exceptional wine, of that I have no doubt. The drinking window is the hardest to nail, if you can't resist the urge get heaps of air into it otherwise cellar with confidence for a decade - and it wouldn't surprise to see it go for another decade after that! Drink: 2010-2025; Quality: Exceptional


Excellent crimson-purple; a bouquet that has the same allure as a great pinot, drawing you back again repeatedly before you taste the wine; Turkey Flat nailed the '08 vintage, capturing all of its luscious black fruits without a scintilla of jam or confection; the texture of the ripe tannins is perfect, as is the oak balance. Rating: 96 Points.

WINE 100 - Tyson Stelzer, May 2010

Do not open this wine this year! After a double decant, it took three days on the bench to reveal its black plum, rhubarb and red berry fruits amid a sea of textured tannins and dark chocolate oak. Great length and balance, but it's going to take some years to show itself. Rating: 94 Points

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Release history

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2017 750ml bottle $50.00
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