Alexandra Hale, the New World Wines Brand Manager from
Mentzendorff came into the store to show us some rather interesting
wines from Turkey Flat Vineyards.
Turkey Flat is the local name for the vineyard property and is
believed to be so named by the original settlers in the late 1840's
after flocks of native bush turkeys (Australian Bustard) in the area.
The Turkey Flat vineyards and winery are now located on the historic
Section One property in the center of the Barossa Valley. The Schulz
family became owners of the Turkey Flat property in around 1865 and
while they continued the tended the ancient vineyard, they also
developed a thriving butchers business.
All the Turkey Flat wines are made in the Bethany Road winery
using traditional open fermenters.
Alex gave us a tasting of the Rosé,
which we'll hopefully be stocking in the near future. Turkey Flat has
been the one of the first to lead the great Rosé revival in
Australia and has grown in popularity internationally. Sweet,
perfumed rose petals and forest fruits show well on the nose and
leads to red berries with soft tannins and a crisp, dry balanced
We were also
fortunate enough to try the 2008 Shiraz, at a generous price of £25.
There's nothing 'flat' about this weighty red, the nose is dominated
by wild blackberries, licorice and savory spice. The palate shows
concentrated fruit characters with youthful, yet restrained tannins.
Rich layers of blackberries, ceder and nutmeg are also present.
Turkey Flat wine we stock is the 'Butcher's Block' Shiraz
Grenache Mourvedre. The
nose is floral with hints of five spice, plum, cherry and
blackcurrant. The palate is generous, displaying juicy fruit with a
firm palate structure. Elegant and restrained, with a velvety finish.
Drink with all red meats, game pie, or chargrilled sausages. £14.99
or buy any other wine from Australia and save 20% = £11.99.