In 1847 Johann August Frederick Fiedler planted shiraz vines (amongst 72 varieties of grape vine) on his property at 'Turkey Flat'.
It was the preservation of the same vines in the face of the 1987 vine pull scheme which prompted the Schulz family (now 5th generation owners of the Turkey Flat property) to begin a new more personal approach to winemaking. Thus, after years of hard work bringing the garden back to life, in 1990 Turkey Flat Vineyards was born.
Naming 'The Ancestor' refers, of course, to our own Ancestors who purchased the Turkey Flat property in the 1870s, although interestingly the vines themselves are classified as 'Ancestor' vines by the Barossa Old Vine Charter. The distinctive script on this label has been taken directly from the 1888 Schulz family butchers ledger, discovered while restoring their shop to become our Cellar Door in 1992.
The Ancestor is an extremely limited release and will be made only in exceptional years.
The Ancestor is the epitome of the Turkey Flat style. Balance, poise and purity are hallmarks. An exceptional wine that guarantees to reward the owner for a generation to come.
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