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.
2015 was a memorable vintage, with exceptional fruit that was picked earlier than usual, due to a dry growing season. This has resulted in a wine showcasing a fresh vibrant edge, while maintaining the intensity and complexity we have become accustomed to, from this truly remarkable vineyard planted in 1847. Drink now or 30+ years.
Please note: This wine has a purchase limit of 3 bottles.
"Ancestor sits comfortably among the legends of Barossa Shiraz" - Tyson Stelzer.